[Talk-us] Address improvement through imports?

Toby Murray toby.murray at gmail.com
Wed Nov 2 00:40:27 GMT 2011


I noticed the Arkansas import[1] in Bentonville as I was driving
through. When I went back and added a few things along the way it
seemed to be of pretty good quality although I didn't look at it too
closely.

As wary as I am of imports, I do think addresses are one of the things
that CAN actually be imported successfully as long as the source data
is of high enough quality. Since it is just nodes, there is much less
of a technical hurdle to importing them, unlike NHD or building
outlines where imports can fail in the middle and leave junk on the
map.

It is also data that is time consuming and, for a lot of people,
boring to collect and enter. If you're mapping a shop or restaurant
that you are visiting it's one thing to add in a couple of addr:* tags
but to get truly good coverage including residential areas is much,
much harder.

[1] http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Arkansas_Situs_Address_Points_Import

Toby


On Tue, Nov 1, 2011 at 6:16 PM, Martijn van Exel <m at rtijn.org> wrote:
> By the way, if that page looks empty, that's because I just did not
> find very many resources on the state level which is where I looked.
> But at least I put in a link to what appears to be the central
> clearinghouse / catalog for geospatial data for each state.
>
> Martijn
>
> On Tue, Nov 1, 2011 at 5:14 PM, Martijn van Exel <m at rtijn.org> wrote:
>> All,
>>
>> We have seen a few local address point imports in the US. I know of DC
>> and San Diego, there may be more. That made me want to look into other
>> possible import sources for addresses. I collected some findings on
>> the wiki here: https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Address_Improvement/United_States_Address_Data_Import_Sources
>> Feel free to add your (local) knowledge there. But let's discuss: are
>> address imports useful (I say yes, for geocoding and routing they're
>> indispensable), necessary (I say yes, potential OSM data users will
>> want to be able to do these things) and feasible (I say yes, if
>> there's local mappers to oversee it)?
>> Best,
>> --
>> martijn van exel
>> geospatial omnivore
>> 1109 1st ave #2
>> salt lake city, ut 84103
>> 801-550-5815
>> http://oegeo.wordpress.com
>>
>
>
>
> --
> martijn van exel
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> salt lake city, ut 84103
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