[talk-au] Mapping houses and addresses in Sydney

Dion Moult dion at thinkmoult.com
Tue Jun 5 22:51:53 UTC 2018

Thanks Andrew et all,

Yes, I have used the ESRI imagery layer. Thanks for the heads up of the LPI base map. Before I go too far, can one of you please look at the work I've done so far if I'm doing things correctly? Here is a small sample in the suburb of Epping that I have traced houses and added addresses:


In that scenario I did not trace off the LPI imagery, but instead traced off ESRI. I noticed if I enable the LPI imagery, the houses don't line up. Should this be fixed? If so, what's the best way?

I have added both addr:housenumber and addr:street. Points which I am unsure about how I have tagged and would like comments are the addr:housenumber=18;2/18, the usage of service=driveway to link to the entrance=house, and the multiple buildings which have addr:housenumber=28-30.

Any other QA comments would also be much appreciated so I can improve.

In addition, a few months ago I also traced all of the houses which you can see here, and added tags for building=house and levels where appropriate:


If there are any QA comments I would love to hear them!

​Dion Moult​

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On 4 June 2018 5:12 AM, Andrew Harvey <andrew.harvey4 at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 3 June 2018 at 21:48, Dion Moult <dion at thinkmoult.com> wrote:
> > I've started using OSM more and more and I find it frustrating that many house addresses are not available in OSM. I would like to help by tracing many houses using ESRI as a base map (feel free to audit my history on OSM under the name "Moult").  I would also like to add address information (addr:housenumber and addr:street) to these ways however I don't think that we are meant to be copying from Google maps. Is there another map source that has addresses that we can use? Perhaps some form of government cadastre map? Is that allowed?
> What do you mean by "ESRI as a base map" do you mean the "ESRI World Imagery" available in ID and JOSM? ESRI's map layers are not allowed, just like Google Maps or Google Street View which must not be used as we don't have the copyright permissions to use these.
> Joel H is right about the LPI Base Map as a source of addresses, which we do have an explicit permission for (not the new OSMF waiver though).
> The building outlines are best obtained from the LPI Imagery which has the highest resolution and isn't too old.
> Not sure how you would find the addr:street? I'd say don't add this unless you know from a survey or local_knowledge, especially around corners it can be tricky. Besides most of the time it can be guessed already by data consumers snapping to the nearest road segment.
> PS. There is also GNAF which has address data Australia wide which you can use with OSM, but not import into OSM. Personally I use this in a lot of maps and mobile apps (OsmAnd, you should be able to get it into maps.me too).

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