[Talk-us] administrative boundaries and Nominatim

Metcalf, Calvin (DOT) calvin.metcalf at state.ma.us
Mon Jul 30 13:25:48 BST 2012

So I'm somewhat confused about how nominatim actually works. A good example is the building I work in (10 park plaza Boston ma) the version of nominitum on the website gets the correct location on the first try (note mapquest has it as the 3rd result) but they have it as being
10, Park Plaza, Central Square, Bay Village, Middlesex, Massachusetts, 02116, United States of America. 
The "Central Square",  "Bay Village" and "Middlesex" are what are confusing me as they look to be points and I'm not sure what the deal is with poi points vs admin polygons. And why Boston the city doesn't come up. 

For those unfamiliar with the area Central Square is an unofficial neighborhood in Cambridge, the next down over, bay village is the correct unofficial neighborhood that the address is in (the official is Downtown Crossing according to city of Boston), and Middlesex is the County next door (Cambridge is in it, the address is in Suffolk county).  

-----Original Message-----
From: Richard Welty [mailto:rwelty at averillpark.net] 
Sent: Monday, July 30, 2012 7:33 AM
To: talk-us at openstreetmap.org
Subject: Re: [Talk-us] NYC administrative boundaries and Nominatim

On 7/30/12 5:11 AM, Kevin Kenny wrote:
> On 07/29/2012 11:56 PM, Skye Book wrote:
>>> Do we have a source for NYC administrative boundaries?
> http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcp/html/bytes/districtsmetadata.shtml
there also should be boundaries in TIGER. most of the problems i've seen with nominatim and boundaries have to do with half-assed boundaries based on the USGS stuff. i've been gradually replacing boundaries in the capital district with TIGER based boundaries which are much better.

i have no opinion on the boundaries in the nyc.gov site, it might be worthwhile to compare them with the boundaries from tiger. i can probably give you .osm files based on the tiger boundaries if you want them for that purpose.
it'd be good to look at the spot where nyc boundaries end and match them up with the tiger boundaries to see how good the fit is.


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