[Tagging] addresses on buildings

Dave F davefoxfac63 at btinternet.com
Mon Jan 6 23:23:21 UTC 2020

On 05/01/2020 18:37, Marc Gemis wrote:
> This depends on the country.
> It is "forbidden" to put the address on the building in Denmark,


Where does it say that? Where does it say it's forbidden to add address 
data to building polygons in OSM?

Keeping address data separate from buildings (which contain the primary 
tags) reduces the usefulness of the data. It prevents mail-sort 
compilations for residential houses. or locating all hairdressers in 

Recently, I asked a few people, including JKHougaard,  the creator of 
https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/autoAWS, but the all failed to confirm.

He gave this as an explanation:

"The reason we treat addresses in Denmark nodes is because that is how 
an address is legally defined here."

  However, he failed to say how this Danish opendata licence prevents it 
from being transferred to buildings within OSM

This was given to me by another user as justification:

"The house number in the address shall refer to the exterior entrance 
door or similar to a building or part of a building which the address 
identifies." https://w2l.dk/file/661441/The_Danish_Adress_act.pdf

But that says nothing about it relating to OSM

This was provided by another user & I suspect is getting close to the 
real reason:

"Transferring the data to buildings will mess up the maintenance"

I asked JKHougaard why his bot couldn't be updated to check ways. "that 
is beyond my coding skills" was his reply.

I may be wrong, but given the responses I can only conclude it's a smoke 
screen to cover up the limitations of the bot.


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