[HOT] Addresses in Africa

john whelan jwhelan0112 at gmail.com
Thu Sep 1 19:13:15 UTC 2016


I think it adds to the discussion and enriches it.  At least it shows in
Mali there are street names and numbers even if they are treated somewhat
casually.

Thanks John

On 1 September 2016 at 15:05, Jorieke Vyncke <jorieke.vyncke at gmail.com>
wrote:

> Not a real contribution to the discussion; but just sharing because it's a
> fantastic story...
> http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-33808629
>
> 2016-09-01 15:46 GMT+02:00 john whelan <jwhelan0112 at gmail.com>:
>
>> I think what I'm after is to avoid fragmentation with multiple ways to
>> give someone an address.
>>
>> openlocationcode.com looks attractive and esay to implement, open and
>> free.  It groups locations so has some of the advantages of postcodes but I
>> don't think it has redundancy in the address nor does it have a check digit
>> to avoid two numbers being transposed.
>>
>> To add support for it would need something added to JOSM to show the
>> openlocationcode address, Nominatim to be able to search for one, and
>> probably osmand to show them and search for them.
>>
>> Thoughts?
>>
>> Thanks John
>>
>>
>>
>> On 1 September 2016 at 05:01, Christian Ledermann <
>> christian.ledermann at gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>>> My experiences in Kenya are:
>>>
>>> For individual areas the postcode is mostly unknown.
>>> If you want to receive a letter you have to rent a PO Box at a post
>>> office (which then also may serve as your 'address')
>>> which has a postcodes
>>>
>>> Postcodes are (mainly) useful for post offices (in Kenya).
>>>
>>> House numbering is vastly inconsistent, and 'non linear'.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> On 31 August 2016 at 20:08, john whelan <jwhelan0112 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> > Basically Longitude and Latitude?  Transpose two numbers and its
>>> easily done
>>> > and you have no address.  Having some redundancy in the address is
>>> helpful.
>>> >
>>> > Cheerio John
>>> >
>>> > On 31 August 2016 at 15:00, yo paseopor <yopaseopor at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> >>
>>> >> What about a geo referenced and scalable system like...coordinates?
>>> Postal
>>> >> codes are based on inventaries of provinces,states,cities,streets...
>>> Ok,
>>> >> when you don't have anything like this of the inventary is not
>>> correct or
>>> >> not well implemented what about something will never fail?
>>> (coordinates)
>>> >>
>>> >> yopaseopor
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