[Tagging] Addresses with PO Box, and other delivery type addresses.

Paul Allen pla16021 at gmail.com
Sat Mar 21 13:13:58 UTC 2020

On Sat, 21 Mar 2020 at 02:08, Warin <61sundowner at gmail.com> wrote:

> I refer to the 'address' of the Barkly Homestead;
> Tennant Creek
> Northern Territory  0862
I would tag the building as addr:housename=Barkly Homestead,
Creek, etc.  Actually, since it's a business, I'd probably just use name=*
and leave addr:housename blank because you can infer the name is part
of the address, but some people may prefer to use only addr:housename
or both.

There's a business near me which does not have a
house number (and it's clear from the houses on the street which
do have house numbers that it never had a house number) and doesn't
have a house name (that I've been able to identify) just the name of
the business.  Nevertheless, "Teifi Furniture, Napier Street, ..." is
sufficient to identify it and find it.

Prior to you giving an actual example I thought you were talking of
that had neither housename nor number.  For this particular example, being
able to add the mail bag would be helpful but not necessary for most use
The primary uses of a map are to figure out how to get somewhere
and to find out what a particular POI is.  Using name=* and/or
addr:housename=* serves those purposes.

> For other deliveries?
> " 19.7107° S, 135.8275° E

Not necessary if you're looking at an OSM map with a map pin showing the
location.  You can see where it is.  You can turn on location on OSM map and
see where you are in relation to it as you drive there.  You can even ask
OSM map to give you a route.

> Situated on the Barkly Highway
addr:street=Barkly Highway

Note - no house number, lot number etc...

But it does have a business name.  Which I'd guess derived from the house
or farm name.

Whatever key is used there will need to be some sort of format of the value
> to identify CRLF, particularly if the key is to carry the entire address
> (country, postcode, state, town/city/ etc) in the format wanted by the
> delivering organization. I am assuming that the complete address will need
> to be placed here as it may vary from what is entered in the other addr
> tags.

Back when it seemed you were talking of buildings that had no address other
the PO box/whatever, I'd have agreed with you that if this is the only
address the
place has, you should tag it.  For this particular example, it's a nice
touch like
giving the phone number or a URL but not strictly necessary: if the place
wants mail to go to a PO Box/whatever it's really up to them to ensure that
people who might send them stuff know the details rather than rely on us.
Otherwise, none of them will get any mail until we map them. :)

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