[Talk-GB] Quarterly Projects Update

SK53 sk53.osm at gmail.com
Fri Apr 3 13:11:47 UTC 2015

A while back I did have a go at doing delivery offices (using
amenity=delivery_office) because a) these are often in funny places and b)
finding the local one which is the parcel collection point was non-trivial
(so useful map feature).

I started because I noticed that some places have masses of postcodes
(10-100 or more) at the same location. Some are council offices or direct
mail centres for companies, but most are delivery offices. Usually they are
easy to tell because they have a car park full of red vehicles. Somewhere I
must still have a list of candidates, if people are interested I can try
and fish it out.

There is something for marking collection points separately, even when at a
delivery office they are usually just a small part of the overall site.


On 3 April 2015 at 13:43, Robert Whittaker (OSM lists) <
robert.whittaker+osm at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 2 April 2015 at 10:42, Brian Prangle <bprangle at gmail.com> wrote:
> > So, on to our next project: all things delivery-related
> >
> > This could be Royal Mail postboxes (still loads to do); Royal Mail
> delivery
> > offices and sorting offices; delivery areas/gates to factories and town
> > centre shopping malls; maxheights and maxweights on roads; courier
> depots;
> > distribution warehouses; new internet shopping parcel lockers (see wiki
> > entry); there's a new parcel-collection service based around mainline
> > stations called Doddle.it; airfreight facilities; railway marshalling
> yards;
> > secure lorry parks; port/dock facilities and anything else you can think
> of.
> For anyone interested in mapping Royal Mail Post Boxes, or Post Office
> Ltd Post Office branches, you may find the tools I run at
> http://robert.mathmos.net/osm/postboxes/ useful. Amongst other things,
> these compare the current OSM data to some official lists of boxes and
> branches from the two organisations. Unfortunately, neither
> organisation has given us permission to use their data in OSM, so we
> can't directly add any missing objects -- but the maps you can view at
> http://robert.mathmos.net/osm/postboxes/ will show up places that it
> might be beneficial to survey.
> While I'm here, one thing it might be good to discuss in relation to
> this project is how best to tag some of the different types of
> delivery/collection infrastructure. Should everything be
> amenity=post_office, or would it be better to have different tags for
> sorting offices / distribution warehouses and also for parcel
> collection points?
> Robert.
> --
> Robert Whittaker
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