[Talk-ca] Cleanup of addr:country, addr:province, addr:state

Matthew Darwin matthew at mdarwin.ca
Mon Feb 19 15:21:16 UTC 2018

I want to bump up this thread to see what other opinions are out 
there.  If you are supportive to remove the addr:province and 
addr:country tags in Canada, please speak up.  I don't like making big 
changes with only 1 comment.  (If you like, feel free to reply 
privately to me avoid bombarding the list with "me too" and I will 
summarize the replies on the list).  Prior to starting this 
discussion, I too have been removing these tags when I come across 
them (a few places in London, ON had country=US???)

Alternately my proposal would be to:

  * change addr:state => addr:province
  * add ~2.7 million missing  addr:province / addr:country where they
    don't exist
  * an then then to standardize what we are putting into those
    fields.  eg for addr:province in Ontario: ON, on, Ontario,
    ONTARIO, Ont, ont, or the several other variations that exist
    today.  ("ON" is most popular, followed by "Ontario")

If you don't like either of the above, I would really like to hear why 
having the tags in some places but not others is a good thing. As you 
may have noticed based on my posts over the last few weeks that I like 
to have things (more) consistent, unless there is a (good) reason not 
to be consistent.

On 2018-02-16 12:52 PM, Alan Richards wrote:
> I typically remove these tags when I come across them, as yes, I've 
> heard the same argument that they're redundant.
> I like all this cleanup you've been doing with phone numbers, 
> addresses, etc. Kudos!
> On Fri, Feb 16, 2018 at 9:40 AM, Matthew Darwin <matthew at mdarwin.ca 
> <mailto:matthew at mdarwin.ca>> wrote:
>     Hi all,
>     During the discussion of cleaning up municipality names in
>     Canada, it was suggested that the addr:city could be removed
>     entirely if the appropriate boundaries are defined.   I would
>     hazard to guess (and will endeavour to investigate) that the
>     addr:city and the boundaries do not always align in Canada
>     (there are ~11300 administrative boundaries of some type and
>     there are ~7000 unique addr:city tags)... so this will be a much
>     more long term effort.
>     However, the provincial/territorial boundaries are defined, so
>     removing the addr:country, addr:provice and addr:state tags
>     might be a more reasonable at this time. (addr:country is used
>     ~94% less than addr:street)
>     Tags, by number of occurrences:
>      167902 addr:country
>       33252 addr:state
>      179741 addr:province
>     2950115 addr:city
>     2942159 addr:street
>     2934341 addr:housenumber

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