[Imports] Belgium address import

Jo winfixit at gmail.com
Sun Nov 24 16:42:10 UTC 2013

There seems to be a misunderstanding. While it is true that the person who
is handling the 'import' receives points with address data. These
contributors have to draw buildings around those points based on really
good imagery we have available.

So, calling it an import is probably a misnomer. What we're planning to do
is use that data as an extra source, a convenience. Then do a bit of hard
work either relating it to existing buildings in OSM or drawing new
buildings over the nodes. The tools in JOSM automatically transfer the info
from the 'imported' nodes to the building structures, thereby deleting the

Conflation is handled manually, This is not a problem, as we have
relatively few addresses to begin with (compared to how many there are).
Expansion of abbreviations will also be done by humans, which will be a lot
more reliable than trying to code it.


2013/11/24 Randal Hale <rjhale at northrivergeographic.com>

> I worked this summer on an addressing project - all the addresses were
> points. In OSM I've seen discussion on relating the address to a structure
> or putting an address on a structure - I would rather keep it as a point
> within the structure (and not relating it to the building) - but that's
> just me. I believe you are just keeping the address as a point and not
> relating it to a structure (I've been trying to keep up with your import as
> a matter of interest).
> Good luck on getting this done by the way.
> Randy
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> On 11/24/2013 11:26 AM, Kurt Roeckx wrote:
>> On Sun, Nov 24, 2013 at 11:10:48AM -0500, Randal Hale wrote:
>>> What's the benefit of tying the address to the structure? I've seen
>>> this spoken about quite a bit.
>> I'm not sure I understand your question.  Why would you want to
>> have a node with the address information when you can do it on
>> the building?  A _house_ number is a number for a house, so it
>> seems obvious to me to add that number to the house.
>> Kurt
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