[HOT] How to locate places without addresses? Open location code
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Sun May 3 20:34:11 UTC 2015
Ok, look forward to reading about it!
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2015-05-03 18:15 GMT+02:00 Mark Iliffe <mark at markiliffe.co.uk>:
> There will be shortly, will reply to this thread in due course. At the
> moment we’re working on extending relationships with community members and
> government from our pilot in June last year to scale regionally.
> On 3 May 2015, at 12:18, Stéphane Henriod <s at henriod.info> wrote:
> This What3words looks like a genius idea to me!
> I especially like this comitment in the FAQ:
> If we, what3words ltd, are ever unable to maintain the what3words
> technology or make arrangements for it to be maintained by a third-party
> (with that third-party being willing to make this same commitment), then we
> will release our source code into the public domain. We will do this in
> such a way and with suitable licences and documentation to ensure that any
> and all users of what3words, whether they are individuals, businesses,
> charitable organisations, aid agencies, governments or anyone else can
> continue to rely on the what3words system.
> @Mark: do you have some feedback about your pilot in Tanzania? Any report
> or something we can have a look at?
> "No one goes so far or so fast as the man who does not know where he is
> "Any worthwhile expedition can be planned on the back of an envelope."
> Bill Tillman
> On 3 May 2015 12:06, "Krishma Nayee" <krishma at what3words.com> wrote:
>> Hi Tomaso,
>> Yes that is true, there is no ‘indexing’ between neighbouring squares.
>> The algorithm converts coordinates into the 3 word address which are unique
>> but fixed.
>> Yes locating a tent would return several addresses, but it is just like
>> collecting a set of coordinates for each tent. The benefit being that you
>> can now communicate that location in a human friendly and rapid way. You
>> can collect the 3 word location for the front of the tent or the centroid
>> (if the coordinates have already been collected you can use the batch
>> conversion tool - http://developer.what3words.com/batch-conversion-tool/
>> Human beings make errors. The system is optimized to recognise and
>> autocorrect both sharer and receiver mistakes. The what3words autocorrect
>> system picks up errors in spelling, typing, speaking, and mishearing 3 word
>> The system has shuffled all of similar sounding 3 word locations as far
>> away from each other as possible, so it can use your location to
>> intelligently guess where you meant. A lot of the time when the similar
>> sounding addresses are near enough to each other it can be very confusing
>> and often results in huge delays whilst the user works out what has gone
>> wrong and what the right address actually is.
>> > From: Tomaso Bertoli <tomaso.bertoli at gmail.com>
>> > Date: 3 May 2015 10:44:51 CEST
>> > To: Mark Iliffe <mark at markiliffe.co.uk>
>> > Cc: hot <hot at openstreetmap.org>, john whelan <jwhelan0112 at gmail.com>
>> > Subject: Re: [HOT] How to locate places without addresses? Open
>> location code
>> > Hello Mark
>> > I looked at what3words
>> > The idea is quite good but I'm not sure why there appears to be no
>> "indexing" two cells addresses three meters apart differ in all the three
>> words and the addressing is way too sensible ... locating a tent would
>> return serveral addresses
>> > It would be easier if the three words in the sequence would provide
>> increasing detail in the geographic location
>> > So the addresses of the tent would differ only in the last word of the
>> > Is the something I misunderstood or neglected in the what3words concept?
>> > Tomaso
>> > Il 03/Mag/2015 00:14, "Mark Iliffe" <mark at markiliffe.co.uk> ha scritto:
>> > Hi John, All,
>> > what3words is free at point of use and is human readable - the word
>> component also is quite good at error checking.
>> > Postcodes and generic codes work if the people you want to use them
>> have a cognition of addressing systems like postcodes or mailstops. My
>> experience in rural Tanzania is that they don't have that experience. We've
>> been integrating what3words so people will be able phone or text location.
>> ID numbers on water points just washed away/eroded. what3words works even
>> under partial degradation, then it can be error corrected unlike a postcode
>> where every digit is relevant.
>> > Best,
>> > Mark
>> > Sent from my iPhone
>> > On 2 May 2015, at 23:52, john whelan <jwhelan0112 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> >> what3words is nice but is commercial. I was hoping for some sort of
>> open data prem code postcode idea. UK prem code is the house number so a
>> prem code followed by the postcode is a unique address. Example 10pr82az
>> is 10 weld road southport pr8 2az.
>> >> Cheerio John
>> >> On 2 May 2015 at 17:42, Mark Iliffe <mark at markiliffe.co.uk> wrote:
>> >> Hi Claire,
>> >> Have you had a look at "what3words": http://what3words.com? It's
>> three words and is multi lingual, quite a lot more usable than genetic
>> >> In Tanzania my team and I have been looking at using them (through
>> pilots) for locating/identifying water points and will scale them across a
>> few regions over the next year.
>> >> Happy to chat more if you would like.
>> >> Best,
>> >> Mark
>> >> On 2 May 2015, at 21:45, Claire Halleux <claire.halleux at hotosm.org>
>> >>> Ever heard of this?
>> >>> A G*solution for locating places accurately where addresses are not
>> >>> Still, it doesn't seem to me more intuitive than coordinate systems.
>> >>> Ex: I am currently in 87C4VXW3+HG8.
>> >>> There are ways to shorten it, but I doubt that those would be
>> applicable in places that would actually need this kind of tool.
>> >>> However, would you have any experience on this or other ways to share
>> regarding using non standard geographic coordinates system for locating
>> >>> Claire
>> >>> Claire Halleux
>> >>> +243 99 256 9980 (Kinshasa, DRC)
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