[Talk-GB] Adding a further 250, 000 UK roads quickly using a Bot?

Peter Miller peter.miller at itoworld.com
Thu Feb 3 11:18:19 GMT 2011

On 3 February 2011 10:04, Lester Caine <lester at lsces.co.uk> wrote:

> Peter Miller wrote:
>> Don't worry - this will only happen once every three months when the OS
>> publish an updated OS Locator file. We updated to the latest OS Locator
>> version (dated November 10) last night, hence a few places have fallen
>> off their '100% perch'! We should be due another one reasonably soon I
>> guess and may get it up sooner.
>> In time I hope that we will find that some of our 'not:name' reports
>> will have been fixed by the OS. I hear that the OS is getting much more
>> receptive to this whole Open Data thing. One layer I would like ITO to
>> produce would be the reverse OS Locator view, which would be for the
>> OS's use (and our amusement!). It would show all the named roads that
>> are in OSM but which are not in the OS. They would then need to research
>> why that is the case and update their own products (without compromising
>> our license).
> Peter
> In my own area there are not too many discrepancies, but some OS names ARE
> wrong compared to the ground details. Have we got a way of flagging the
> name:os so that we can identify these and flag them as 'different' rather
> than 'missing'

I use the following method.

If the OS name is different from the streetsign and general usage I put it
in not:name
If it is apparently a valid alternative I put it on alt_name
I am not clear why anything else is required.

One other technique I have found useful which is worth mentioning is with A
roads (such as the A14) where part of that are technically still Huntingdon
Road (and I remember it as a kid when it was one lane in each direction with
a chicken crossing over the A1). It isn't appropriate these days to have the
A14 labeled as 'Huntingdon Road' however.... Huntingdon Road is not 'wrong'
either. In these cases I put the name Hungingdon Road into alt_name and
leave name empty. In this way it is cleared from the OS Locator comparison
test but isn't rendered on the main map.



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