[Talk-GB] Google maps added addresses!

Simon Poole simon at poole.ch
Tue Dec 29 08:28:52 UTC 2020

At the danger of pointing out the blatantly obvious: you can easily 
survey and add addresses as stand alone nodes without adding buildings 

It is quite a fast process and, at least for me, is only limited by 
walking speed and getting distracted by other details which you tend to 
only see when surveying on foot. It is what we used to do before aerial 
imagery was widely available and will result in fully functional 
routing. Given how painful correcting building geometries is I would 
always prefer an address node over mapping a building outline from a 
sub-par source.


Am 28.12.2020 um 17:21 schrieb Rob Nickerson:
> 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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