[talk-ch] OSM + Wikidata: No stable OSM IDs, meaning of source=survey in OSM
sfkeller at gmail.com
Wed Jul 11 01:54:08 CEST 2018
Thanks Raphael for bringing this up. I want to backup your doubts.
Although many (third party) apps are using OSM ID's, it is strongly
recommended to abstain using such an "ID", especially in projects like
Wikidata. Even the OSM relation ID should never have passed it's
proposal to become a Wikidata property.
Use coordinate property in the first place. This is also what this
Discussion about OSM IDs are repeatedly coming up in OSM mailing
lists, and let to the "Permanent ID" proposal which is still in
experimental stage. The idea is to use properties of an object to
identify it: see
I hope you understand these reasonings and withdraw your Wikidata
2018-07-10 19:05 GMT+02:00 Raphael Das Gupta
<lists.openstreetmap.ch at raphael.dasgupta.ch>:
> Hi Beat
> On 10.07.2018 10:13, Estermann Beat wrote:
> What we are missing right now in Wikidata is a property to refer to the OSM
> node ID. I have therefore submitted a property proposal:
> Feel free to add more examples and endorse the proposal. Creation of the
> property should take about 2 weeks.
> I doubt that it's a good idea to create a property for OSM IDs on Wikidata,
> as OSM IDs aren't "stable". Editors may (and sometimes do) assign new IDs
> even though the real-world object may still be the same, and previously used
> IDs might be re-assigned if not currently in use. (See e.g. the vivid
> history of Node Nr. 1: https://www.openstreetmap.org/node/1)
> Instead, OpenStreetMap entities (nodes, ways or relations) with a
> corresponding Wikidata object should refer to the Q-number (which AFAIK is
> stable). Determining the corresponding OpenStreetMap object(s) for a
> Wikidata entry would then require something like an Overpass query, but I
> can't think of any alternative way to make this linking sound and
> And feel free to submit a property proposal for OSM ways if you see a need
> for it.
> What I don't like in the OSM data is the fact that the source ("survey")
> does not have proper references (which survey? publication date?).
> This is probably a misunderstanding. The source declaration "survey" in
> OpenStreetMap is understood to mean that the editor observed the represented
> facts themselves on-the-ground, not that the data stems from some published
> survey document or dataset. If the information stems from an pre-existing
> dataset, that specific dataset should be mentioned in the "source" changeset
> See the value's explanation at
> The OSM user was there and saw it himself/herself. The OSM user may or may
> not have done any precision measurement of the location etc. using a device
> such as a GPS receiver or a theodolite.
> Note that use of the "source" tag on OpenStreetMap entities (nodes, ways or
> relations) is considered historic and (according to the Wiki not officially,
> but de-facto) deprecated. The tag should be used on changesets instead.
> Occurrences on nodes, ways or relations should not be taken at face value
> (they are likely to be outdated or incomplete if the object has been edited
> since) and should probably be ignored by OSM data consumers and/or augmented
> with the source information of the complete history of the object.
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