[OSM-talk] Postcode searches in Namefinder
david at frankieandshadow.com
Mon Dec 1 10:52:23 GMT 2008
On 01/12/2008 10:11, Claudius Henrichs wrote:
> David Earl:
>> I've implemented some changes to the experimental UK postcode searches
>> in the Namefinder.
>> 1. you can now search for UK postcode prefixes, e.g. CB21. These are
>> just OSM nodes.
> Which OSM-tag are you querying there? postcode=xxxxx? Do you respect
> addr:postcode according to the Karlsruhe Schema?
I was going to refer you to the wiki page but I realise I haven't
documented postcodes there. I will do so now.
It's not using any tags to look up postcodes, and as I said it is only
*UK* postcodes (which have a distinctive pattern I can search for).
Also, as I said, it's not dealing with street addresses currently except
to ignore numbers in key positions so they are harmless if searched for.
UK postcodes as well as being distinctive and recognisable also have the
problem that they are copyrighted (at least, the database and
geolocations are), so it is hard to get good coverage using OSM tags
(because mappers have no means to collect these on the ground and don't
have access to copyright free sources) and the "freethepostcode"
initiative, though improving is still quite sparse (and, I noticed when
processing some of it, is riddled with errors - obvious typos and wildly
As you'll have seen from a few previous messages recently, it is my
intention to move towards a more comprehensive, international and free
form search, which does indeed utilise the Karlsruhe schema.
So, sorry if I raised your expectations.
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