[Talk-GB] Google maps added addresses!

George Honeywood talk-gb-osm at honeyfox.uk
Tue Dec 29 10:18:35 UTC 2020

Hi Simon,

What tools do you use for this? In the summer I decided to survey about 400 addresses in Bodmin, and it was a rather painful (and long) morning. I ended up walking down each street two times to get both sides, and spent quite a while dealing with weird/backwards numbering -- or numbers that just weren't there. 

This was using StreetComplete after adding geometries using JOSM, and I fear that it would've been much harder to place the addresses without them.

George Honeywood

On Tue, 29 Dec 2020, at 8:28 AM, Simon Poole wrote:
> At the danger of pointing out the blatantly obvious: you can easily survey and add addresses as stand alone nodes without adding buildings before. 

> 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.

> Simon

> 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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