[Talk-GB] Google maps added addresses!

Jez Nicholson jez.nicholson at gmail.com
Mon Dec 28 16:34:45 UTC 2020


Interesting....

My first guess is that house numbers are machine read from StreetView
images.

The positioning of the numbers is slightly irratic. Some are on the centre
of houses, some near the front, some are outside. Maybe indicating multiple
sources.... Some houses have numbers twice.

On Mon, 28 Dec 2020, 16:24 Rob Nickerson, <rob.j.nickerson at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> I just spotted that Google Maps has added house numbers to their map of
> the UK. They are all over the place - does anyone recognise the source?
>
> What can we do to improve coverage of addresses in OSM? I notice that we
> have some pretty good aerial imagery now. Should we see if we can get good
> building outline from an AI / machine learning approach? If the quality is
> good we can then use these to help add addresses. For example we can ask
> new mappers to add addresses using tools such as StreetComplete.
>
> Any thoughts much appreciated. I have a feeling that if we can come up
> with a plan we may be able to get some help from several of the big tech
> companies now interested in the UK. It would be better if we were steering
> this rather than it happening to us.
>
> Best wishes,
> *Rob*
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