[talk-au] Address tagging guidelines for Australia

Ross Scanlon info at 4x4falcon.com
Sun Jan 19 08:09:09 UTC 2014

I'd still suggest

addr:suburb=The Gap

This follows the full addressing, I don't know if there is any other 
suburb "The Gap" but imagine two suburbs A_suburb in two different cites 
A_city and B_city in the same state in the same country.

The if you put:


Then which one are you talking about.

Where as if you put:

addr:city=A_city or B_city

Then it's immediately apparent which is which.

Just my thoughts.


On 19/01/14 13:00, Stéphane Guillou wrote:
> Thanks everyone for your input.
> I wonder what was the rationale behind using abbreviations for countries
> and states as I understood that the database must be as human-readable
> as possible.
> Still, I will be following the recommendations on the Key:addr page for
> addr:country=AU.
> However, I am still unsure about suburb vs city. Key:addr tells us to
> watch out for the Australian definition of suburbs, and Wikipedia says
> the following:
> "In Australia and New Zealand, suburbs have become formalised as
> geographic subdivisions of a city and are used by postal services in
> *addressing*."
> As we are here tagging the address, I was wondering: are we tagging so
> the addresses appear as they should when we use them (e.g. when we write
> them on an envelope) - the original point of tagging an address I guess
> - (in which case I would just go with addr:city=The Gap), or should we
> understand the tags as literally as possible (in that case, I would go
> addr:city=Brisbane and addr:suburb=The Gap).
> What would be the best way to decide on a convention so we can add
> guidelines for OSM-AU?
> Cheers
> Stéphane (chtfn)
> On 19/01/14 11:04, Ross Scanlon wrote:
>> I'd suggest you check this page
>> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:addr
>> You'll see that the addr:country is supposed to be:
>> "The ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 two letter country code in upper case."
>> We are talking addresses not is_in.
>> Also addr:state can be either but it tends to be the abbreviation.
>> Cheers
>> Ross

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