[Tagging] address property of features

Colin Smale colin.smale at xs4all.nl
Sat Mar 18 17:48:16 UTC 2017

A tip from CRM systems: addresses have a specific role, just like we
have multiple phone numbers: one for work, one for home, mobile, fax
etc., we can also have multiple addresses. One may be the legal address
of a company, one for postal deliveries (possibly non-geographic such as
a Postbox number), one for navigation purposes, one to identify the
building..... all leading to the same location, but from a different
perspective. If it is "too difficult" to have address roles, try
defining which "role" the OSM address is intended to represent. They
might all be correct, but just from a different perspective. Why are the
addresses in OSM in the first place?


On 2017-03-18 18:37, Janko Mihelić wrote:

> Imagine a data consumer trying to find out the address of all those stores. Not only is it hard because you have to find surrounding areas and extract the address, but in your case it's impossible because you can't know for sure which entrance it took its address from. What's your solution to that? The only solution I see is relations, but IMHO that would be a mess.
> Janko
> On Sat, 18 Mar 2017, 17:57 Tristan Anderson, <andersontristan at hotmail.com> wrote: 
>> I"m not sure I agree. 
>> Let's say a store has three entrances: 2, 4 and 6 Main Street.  The store uses it's main entrance, 4 Main Street, as it's address.  Are you suggesting using the addr:housenumber key four times: a node at each entrance in addition to a tag on the store?  Now you've tagged 4 Main Street twice, even though there is only one 4 Main Street.  Either tag the store or the entrance, not both.
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