[OSM-dev] Straw man design for OSM postcode database creator

John McKerrell john at mckerrell.net
Sun Feb 3 09:47:19 GMT 2008

On 3 Feb 2008, at 09:11, Gervase Markham wrote:

> Robert (Jamie) Munro wrote:
>> As no one else has replied:
> Thank you :-)
>> I think this is a good idea, but if I am using random addresses  
>> from my
>> address book, I'm not sure that I will be able to know if the road
>> called "high street" that is shown to me on the slippy map is the  
>> "high
>> street" for which I have a postcode.
> Possibly not; but presumably they are people you know at least  
> vaguely.
> And you can use your intelligence; most towns, at least don't have  
> more
> than one street of any name. If you aren't sure, you can use some  
> of the
> hints you suggest (which the interface should give you) or you can  
> just
> pass on that one.

I haven't been paying attention to this so I'm not trying to pass  
judgement here, the claim about "most towns, at least don't have more  
than one street of any name" piqued my interest though. I just  
checked, there's 15 Church Roads in Liverpool, 4 High Streets and 5-7  
Station Roads. Just thought you might be interested in those stats  
(found using the Multimap geocoder, unfortunately I haven't got  
anything like all of those mapped).


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