[Talk-GB] Google maps added addresses!

Rob Nickerson rob.j.nickerson at gmail.com
Mon Dec 28 20:41:11 UTC 2020

You* can terrace AI buildings quite easily using the LR polygons (as I
mentioned in my email). What is your idea for getting us closer to having
mapped the 27 million homes in the UK? Want to do them all for us? I am
genuinely interested in what we think are the options. Are you suggesting
we train more people in JOSM, and if so, who etc?

* where "you" is the someone with the skills to do AI in the first place
(i.e. not me).


On Mon, 28 Dec 2020 at 20:04, <ipswichmapper at tutanota.com> wrote:

> AI buildings cant be good because they won't terrace properly.
> JOSM users who know how to add buildings quickly can do a lot of buildings
> relatively fast (see my guide on osm user diaries) and terrace them
> properly as well.
> IpswichMapper
> --
> 28 Dec 2020, 18:44 by rob.j.nickerson at gmail.com:
> On Mon, 28 Dec 2020 at 17:53, Peter Neale <nealepb at yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
> TL;DR  It's a mess!
> Yes, I think we all agreed on that. However... if you click on one you can
> "suggest an edit". It will be really interesting to see what happens over
> the coming months. Will Google end up with more active contributors than
> OSM? I can certainly see a lot of people editing little bits here and there.
> It's for that reason why I think it would be interesting to look at our
> approach in OSM. I note that Frederik shared some thoughts on the AI
> buildings. Some of this can be fixed (e.g. I can see the land registry open
> data polygons being used to help split a terrace building into its relevant
> parts). Other parts are harder but worthy of more discussion - let's be
> honest here; we have less than 10% of addresses mapped despite this being a
> really useful piece of data for many users.
> My view here is that with building outlines it becomes easier to get
> people to contribute to OSM in little ways, adding their housenumber and
> that of a few neighbouring buildings. With a simple editing tool and some
> good outreach to the media, we could get a good chunk of addresses mapped
> and introduce loads of people to OSM.
> Is it worth OSM UK putting an "Open Letter" out to see what ideas we can
> get from both the wider community and those big companies? We can always
> say "no" if we are not confident of the process, but if we don't ask, we
> may never know what the full options are.
> Best regards,
> *Rob*
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