[OSM-talk] [Osmf-talk] A Better Map

Marc Gemis marc.gemis at gmail.com
Wed Oct 22 11:59:11 UTC 2014

It would be nice to know how many of the buildings and house numbers in OSM
were imported versus surveyed / drawn by hand. I have a bad feeling about
how feasible it is to crowd surf house numbers.



On Wed, Oct 22, 2014 at 1:37 PM, Martin Koppenhoefer <dieterdreist at gmail.com
> wrote:

> 2014-10-22 12:15 GMT+02:00 Steve Coast <steve at asklater.com>:
>> Together, we could do this in 6-12 months and finish addressing in 1-3
>> years. At that point we wouldn’t have just made the world slightly better,
>> we would have put a big dent in the universe. Nobody would use a closed map
>> ever again, and it would be people like you that made it happen.
> I agree with you that addressing is very important for a lot of commercial
> (and non-commercial) map users. What I don't understand is how a paid board
> would help us map more addresses. Unfortunately mapping addresses is
> typically less fun than going to the video arcade. Looking at the current
> figures we are not doing too bad. Currently there are 130 Million buildings
> in OSM and 46 Million housenumbers. I don't know exactly how many buildings
> there are in the world, and how many of them don't have addresses, but I
> guess it will be at least 1 Billion addresses in the world, probably more.
> According to the stats page we have roughly 25.000 active contributors a
> month ( http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Stats#Contributor_Stats ). To
> get an address on all currently mapped buildings in three years time, (84M
> to go), every active contributor would have to add 93 addresses a month -
> constantly. To get 1 Billion addresses mapped by 25.000 contributors in 3
> yrs, it would be 1111 housenumbers a month per active contributor. Are we
> planning to pay the mappers as well? The only solution seems to get more
> contributors mapping, and have them insert addresses.
> cheers,
> Martin
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