[OSM-talk] Steve's better map
jukka.rahkonen at latuviitta.fi
Wed Oct 29 13:24:22 UTC 2014
Steve Coast promised to make the best address map of the world by
himself if he will not be elected into the board of the OSM Foundation:
"If I don't get elected then I'll continue focusing on address data
outside of OSM. It's frankly the easier route but it would be a real
shame if OSM isn't the venue to make it happen."
I have been thinking that perhaps that would be the best route anyway
even if Mr. Coast gets elected to the board. By my own experience about
the addresses in OSM they feel fuzzy and somewhat difficult to utilize
outside OSM. Addresses given to building polygons are quite simple to
move to centroids of the polygons for making a point layer of all the
addresses but for example finding the municipality or city for the
address points is tedious because administrative units are defined as
relations which are also somewhat fuzzy and all too often broken.
With a dedicated database and tools for addresses the route could really
be easier and faster and I would not feel ashamed at all while importing
addresses from this master address database into OSM later.
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