Map internationalization is all about showing maps with place names written in a particular language.
Existing maps and current work
Multilingual maps Wikipedia project is project kicking off in 2012 to set up rendering infrastructure for Wikipedia (Demo website: http://mlm.jochentopf.com). There was an
experimental rendering (toolserver is no longer active, replaced by wmflabs) set up for each Wikipedia language (by ISO language code) at the Wikimedia Toolserver.
Beside this, there are some maps for special languages in specific areas:
OpenIrishMap showing the same areawhich doesn't seem to be working.
- Bilingual map of Thailand (and some parts of neighboring countries)
Serving worldwide alternate tile layers requires a lot of resources, but there are some providers:
- openstreetmap.de displays names in German where available.
- mapcreator by skobbler.de is able to display names of places and streets in many different lingual combinations (English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Turkish).
The Frisian language map was probably the first example of OpenStreetMap Map Internationalization (2008) but seems to be broken now. See User:Lambertus#Frisian language map (Fryske kaart)
For his GSoC project Arindam Ghosh mainly worked on Website Internationalization Ideas 2008, but had some other thoughts on map Internationalization. See Talk:GSoC Applications 2008#I18n of OSM pages and map tiles