[Talk-GB] Definitive source for UK streetnames? - OS, 'road name signs', or a council 'list'?
lester at lsces.co.uk
Fri Aug 6 14:36:46 BST 2010
Jason Cunningham wrote:
> Just read through a short discussion about differences in street names
> in OSM and 'OS Locator', and problems caused by differences in names given
> The classic problem is where the road street sign says something like
> 'Dukes Drive' but OS locator states Duke's Drive.
> Noticed that common view was OSM mapped what was on the ground, so road
> sign name was added.
> Having come across roads where road names differ on adjacent roads
> signs, I'm not too sure road signs can be 100% relied on, but OS also
> clearly make mistakes.
> Has anyone heard of how this problem is dealt with by authorities (eg
> councils) as they seem to rely on OS as a definitive source for mapping
The councils will be be working to the street table in their LLPG data, and it
is that which is supplied TO OS as the 'correct' local information. There is
even a mechanism for advising changes and new streets in the update format. The
one thing that is worth noting in this is that POSTCODE is not a requirement in
this data, only the NLPG references. Of cause what is more anoying is that while
we all pay to create the data via our council tax, http://www.thensg.org.uk/ is
owned by a commercial operation that then makes money out of it :(
Lester Caine - G8HFL
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