Submissions:2022/Tools for linking Wikidata and OpenStreetMap

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Tools for linking Wikidata and OpenStreetMap


Sunday Wikimedia

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I describe an editing tool for adding links from OpenStreetMap objects to the corresponding Wikidata items.

Mappers use the tool by searching for a place they are familiar with. The software downloads the details of Wikidata items within the bounds of the place and find matching objects in OpenStreetMap. The matcher compares places based on names, addresses and the type of object.

The user is presented with a list of candidate matches, next to a map showing the matches. After the checks the matches are correct and then clicks a button to save the appropriate wikidata tags to OpenStreetMap.

In the talk I will give details of a new version of the editing tool.

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Author name:

Edward Betts

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Estimated time:

30 minutes

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