[OSM-talk] Is it technically and legally possible to add the Open Location Code to the OSM search?

oleksiy.muzalyev at bluewin.ch oleksiy.muzalyev at bluewin.ch
Thu Aug 9 13:32:51 UTC 2018

Open Location Codes are also referred to as "plus codes".  Since August 2015, Google Maps supports plus codes in their search engine. The algorithm is Open Source, licensed under the Apache License 2.0. and available on GitHub [1]. 
A plus code, can be generated at: https://plus.codes/ . It can be entered at the Google Maps search input box to find a location. A plus sign "+" is inserted in the code for recognition.
It would be nice to have an interoperability. For example, a customer uses Google Map, but a dispatcher in a Call Center the OpenStreetMap. The OLC has got some interesting features:
"Open Location Codes are derived from latitude and longitude coordinates, so they already exist everywhere. They are similar in length to a telephone number -- 849VCWC8+R9, for example -- but can often be shortened to only four or six digits when combined with a locality (CWC8+R9, Mountain View). Locations close to each other have similar codes. They can be encoded or decoded offline. The character set avoids similar looking characters, to reduce confusion and errors, and avoids vowels to make it unlikely that a code spells existing words.The Open Location Code is not case-sensitive, and can therefore be easily exchanged over the phone." [1]
[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Location_Code
Best regards,
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