[Tagging] Post_Box and addr:* nodes

Martin Fossdal Guttesen mguttesen at hotmail.com
Sat Dec 19 08:05:30 GMT 2009

From: "Randy" <rwtnospam-newsgp at yahoo.com>
Sent: Saturday, December 19, 2009 6:47 AM
To: <tagging at openstreetmap.org>
Subject: Re: [Tagging] Post_Box and addr:* nodes

> Matthias Julius wrote:
>>I wonder what purpose this is supposed to serve.  If a post box is
>>attached to a building it might make sense to represent that in OSM.
>>But, the fact that is is near a specific building is best indicated by
>>putting it near that building, IMHO.
> I concur. IMHO, a "housenumber" address is basically for the purpose of
> being able to route to that location, or pick it out on the map (assuming
> housenumbers are displayed by the renderer). I can't think of a way that
> adding the address to the post box adds any additional useful information,
> and could be confusing, both logically and statistically. If you want to
> route to the post box, route to the housenumber (of the building). It will
> take you close enough to the post box. A POI node on the map (if rendered)
> would then give you the precise location. If you want to "find the nearest
> post box", that's a geographical search, not an address search. Now if
> there is no building at the location, and the post box does have an
> address, then unless you are adding housenumbers to vacant lots, adding
> the address to the post box *might* make sense.
> -- 
> Randy

Well i got a list from the postal service over all the postal boxes
the list is like this

Postal nr  | City | where it is | Address

and the column "where it is" is an ordinary description of where it 
is,possible values are attached to building, on fence, built inn, on pole, 
inside shop and so on
and the address is almost always an address of a way name and an number, but 
not always there are some rare exceptions where only an name is given, and 
that is alway some locale well known location

the thing i was thinking about was
well we allredy got a address node close by. the postal office is saying the 
postal box is belonging to it
would'int it be nice/better/convinient to have some kinde of relation from 
the postal box to the address node
then it wouldn't be that hard to make a map where you could find the nearest 
postal box

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