[talk-au] Adding residential properties?

Paul Norman penorman at mac.com
Thu Dec 5 10:54:25 UTC 2013

> From: Will Rouesnel [mailto:w.rouesnel at gmail.com]
> Sent: Thursday, December 05, 2013 1:34 AM
> To: talk-au at openstreetmap.org
> Subject: [talk-au] Adding residential properties?
> A simple example starting with my own house - how should residential
> buildings be tagged?
> The block they sit on is more of a land use concern, but the specific
> buildings don't occupy the entire block - and seem like they should be
> tagged "house".
> Is this a correct way to go about things? The goal here would be to get
> my local area updated with street numbers so generated addresses can
> provide navigation to specific locations.
> Would it be correct to trace the outline of the blocks, and label them
> with the address and tag the land as "residential" use? Would this be
> likely to accomplish the overall goal (provide street numbers for my
> area)?

My practice is

- Add the buidings from imagery, generally with building=house and 

- Add address info from a survey, either with field papers + pen or 
  geotagged photos

- Add other interesting features from the survey (paths, mailboxes, etc)

- Trace out the landuse, generally as larger than single blocks, but 
  using separate polygons for areas split on major roads

This generally involves an initial imagery-based mapping for buildings, 
trees, paths, and other stuff visible from imagery, a survey, then a 
final mapping using survey notes + imagery.

It helps having buildings mapped already when collecting addresses.

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