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

Yuri Astrakhan yuriastrakhan at gmail.com
Thu Aug 9 13:43:31 UTC 2018

I'm a big fan of plus codes, and even have a pending implementation of it
in the Elasticsearch (as an aggregation hashing function).  I doubt there
are any legal restrictions on using this - the code is licensed under
Apache 2, and Google states "Plus codes are free. There are no licensing
fees or other costs. The technology is open-sourced." at https://plus.codes/

Not sure about the implementation complexities.

On Thu, Aug 9, 2018 at 4:35 PM oleksiy.muzalyev at bluewin.ch <
oleksiy.muzalyev at bluewin.ch> wrote:

> 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,
> Oleksiy
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