[HOT] Addresses in Africa

Pete Masters pedrito1414 at googlemail.com
Sat Sep 10 10:43:41 UTC 2016


This article made me think of this thread....
http://www.domain.com.au/news/letter-with-map-instead-of-address-still-gets-delivered-in-iceland-20160905-gr90u1/

Pete

On Wed, Sep 7, 2016 at 4:13 PM, Rory McCann <rory at technomancy.org> wrote:

> On 31/08/16 13:37, john whelan wrote:
> > ‚ÄčThere has been considerable talk about addressing schemes for areas
> > that do not have street names etc.  Three words etc.
>
> Y'know you don't have to go as far as Africa to find countries with
> address "systems" like that. I give you: Ireland. In rural areas (many)
> streets have no names, and many houses have no numbers, using house
> names instead. Lowest level administrative areas (townlands) are often
> used (but not always accurately) to construct an address.
>
> About 30% of rural addresses are non-unique. i.e. The postman has to
> know things from the surname on the letter.
>
> A new postcode system has been released recently, which gives every
> letter box a unique & random code. But it'll be years before that's used
> a lot.
>
> Alas, Ireland's drink monoculture means Ivan's beer address system
> probably wouldn't work. :)
>
> Read more:
>
>  * https://www.autoaddress.ie/products/irish-addressing
>  *
> http://www.dataireland.ie/News/Pages/Tricky-Irish-Addresses-Why-do-Irish-
> addresses-pose-so-many-problems
>
>
>
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