[Talk-GB] addressing (was addr:place)

Colin Smale colin.smale at xs4all.nl
Mon Oct 27 09:08:00 UTC 2014


It seems that that the housenumber/name/street/postcode is probably
"non-controversial" - but the town/locality is, because RM have a
specific view on the world. 

Has anyone looked at the use cases here? I am guessing that the main use
case is for navigation - you have to go somewhere and you ask your
counterpart where you have to go to. What addressing information might
be useful to the user? Probably not Civil Parish, for all sorts of
reasons of reasons. Districts/boroughs are often too large to be useful
for this purpose. Boundaries of localities (not being CPs) are AFAIK
very poorly defined. So what type of information would fill the gap
between street level and district level? 

By the way, CRM systems allow for multiple types of address for the same
"object". Postal address, PO Box address, visiting address... Which
paradigm are we following? 


On 2014-10-27 09:39, Brad Rogers wrote: 

> On Sun, 26 Oct 2014 22:41:56 +0000
> Chris Hill <osm at raggedred.net> wrote:
> Hello Chris,
>> Addresses are allocated by Local Authorities, not Royal Mail. I use the
> I never said they were, although I concede it could read like that.
> However, some addresses do seem to get mutilated once Royal Mail get
> their hands on them.
> As others have pointed out, it can lead to having a hard time getting
> some things delivered.
>> How can you determine the postal town from a survey?
> Of course, you can't. If I want the _postal_ address of somewhere, I
> use the RM web site.
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