[OSM-talk] Are there any ways with street number ranges in the OSM database?

Dan Putler dan.putler at sauder.ubc.ca
Wed Dec 10 17:04:35 GMT 2008

Hi Jochen,

The purpose for my inquiry on this topic was to see if there was an area
that has been extensively addressed, and could be used for the
demonstration site we are trying to develop for PAGC. Based on the
thread, it appears the Karlsruhe is the most extensively addressed area
at this point, but only a fairly small proportion of it has been
addressed at this point, too small a proportion to be used for the PAGC
demonstration site at this moment (this will likely change in the future
as more of the city is addressed). This was really the upshot of my
comment about using OSM for geocoding being a work in progress.

As I know you are aware, postal addresses are very messy things, that
differ from country to country (and even jurisdiction to jurisdiction in
some cases). As a result, I think you are correct that a one size fits
all tagging scheme will never be developed (or would even be desirable).
Having said this, from a data user point of view, keeping the number of
different schemes to the minimal acceptable number really makes life


On Wed, 2008-12-10 at 11:52 +0100, Jochen Topf wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 09, 2008 at 09:56:53AM -0800, Dan Putler wrote:
> > house number addressing in OSM, it was very useful. Given the related,
> > and very active, "addressing" thread, it sounds like several issues need
> > to be ironed out before there is a "final" OSM addressing scheme. From a
> I never expect there to be one final addressing scheme. The Karlsruhe
> scheme was intended as: We start here in Karlsruhe with something that
> might work for us. If it also works for you thats fine, if not maybe you
> can amend it, if it still doesn't fit, come up with something entirely
> new. So far the scheme has seen some amendments and has more than 900
> users who have used it. We'll see where it goes.
> > practical point of view, it should be possible to do street intersection
> > geocoding using OSM data as it currently exists, but the use of OSM data
> > for other forms of geocoding is a work in progress.
> What exactly do you want to do that doesn't work yet?
> Jochen
Dan Putler
Sauder School of Business
University of British Columbia

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