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I was aware that a cool OpenStreetMap based project called Historical Objects/Historic Place existed, and I had used it earlier, but it wasn’t until I got a comment on the blog that I realised the power of the project, and that it augmented the power of my guide How to share cultural heritage on Wikimedia Commons and OpenStreetMap | opennordics.org.
The first thing I did was to contribute a Danish translation of the project, I urge you to do the same, it’s as easy as editing a Wiki-page, something that is a requirement for a 21st century citizen.
Here’s my translation from German to Danish: DE:Historical Objects/Translations/table.da – OpenStreetMap Wiki
Start your own by simply copying the page for a translation that you’re able to do, and change the two character language code into the one for your language, and add your language to the list of translations.
It took me just a few hours to contribute the Danish translation, and it’s already live.
At the zoomed level 1, “Historic Place” shows only UNESCO World Heritage sites, this makes perfect sense, and it’s easy to spot missing sites.
As you zoom in, more and more objects shows up, I decided to zoom in on Denmark, and noticed a castle that didn’t have a name.
Strange, which one could that be? I pressed the Objekt ( Punkt ) (English: Object/Point) link and was taken to the object.
That looked somehow familiar, but I had to zoom out, and it’s Vordingborg Castle Ruin, one of the largest medievial castle ruins in Denmark.
So I want to add a name to OpenStreetMap. That’s easy, just select the link to the OpenStreetMap editor of choice by selecting it. I selected “Redigér med iD” (“Edit with iD”), the web based editor build into OpenStreetMap.
So I added some relevant meta data to OpenStreetMap: Name, Danish Wikipedia article and Wikidata-object.
That looks good, so I select “Gem” (English: “Save”) and summarise my changes.
Select “Gem” (English: “Save”) again, and the changes are saved, if you then select “Vis på OSM” (Show on OSM”) to see your changes.
That’s it, there’s really nothing to it.
ps. My partner in crime, @neografen, kindly brought to my attention, that it takes up to 24 hours before the changes go live on Historic Places.