[RouterGeocoder] The Key Comercial Players
David.Sampson at NRCan-RNCan.gc.ca
Thu Dec 4 08:38:12 EST 2008
After reading Toru's e-mail (a while back),
"Re: [RouterGeocoder] Re: [Pagc-devel] Comments re. Requirementsoutlined
this solidified my thought that there might be some other key players
out there. Perhaps we should start gathering a list of current,
potential and future stakeholders... Then invite into the discussion
Keeping with the theory that open source approaches work best for
non-differentiating products one area to find some key partners are web
based services that already use geocoding. Maybe some web services that
are employing their own model for geocoding might be valuable such as:
* http://www.postlbs.org/en/project (not accessible last time I tried
Some of these use pre-existing web based API's like Google and yahoo.
And some are one offs.
Would it be valuable to check out the interest level of this project
with commercial stakeholders
I am thinking especially with Google, there may be components or logic
they would want to open source or parts that already exist in projects
like PAGC that they would like to include.
These stakeholders may help to hash out the requirements. After all with
the PAGC having moved to modify its licence for commercial stakeholders
it would only make sense to actually invite the people that could
develop and use the product based on the lic we modified to. Unless that
was all hot air...
If these people are already on the list (silently) then feel free to
Just some thoughts.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: routergeocoder-bounces at lists.osgeo.org
> [mailto:routergeocoder-bounces at lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of
> (Orkney)Toru Mori
> Sent: Thursday, November 27, 2008 23:20
> To: routergeocoder at lists.osgeo.org
> Cc: pagc-devel at lists.sourceforge.net
> Subject: Re: [RouterGeocoder] Re: [Pagc-devel] Comments re.
> Requirementsoutlined on OSGeo
> Thank you very much for referring Japanese postal address system.
> As project owner of Japanese geocoder (geocoder.ja is part of PostLBS
> http://www.postlbs.org/ ), I want to make my comments on your post.
> Yes, you are partially right. The reality gets much complicated. We
> have 3 types of address systems and we use 3 types (at least) of
> Characters sets in writing postal address. We do not use street
> network in geocoding at all.
> They are totally separated.
> There are proprietary/opensource geocoding software and web services
> in Japan. They consist of two processes, text normalization and
> matching with address point data (over 30 millions points). Since
> inputted address text may use different characters set and/or way of
> abbreviation, all the address data will be normalized first. This
> process plays say over 60% of total process. Then matching process
> starts. This can be even done by usual database software.
> My purpose in this post to everybody is not to describe how Japanese
> address system is complicated, but want to tell everybody lives in
> "non- Asian entity" that even a smart software cannot always handle
> geocoding and routing at a time. We should not forget that almost 60%
> of world population is in Asia.
> > > Once you move to Asian countries, things get complicated. We know
> > > that in Japan house numbers along a street are assigned
> > > chronologically rather than spatially, as a result the standard
> > > algorithms for locating an address along a blockface
> breakdown. What
> > > is in PAGC (starting with
> > > v0.1.4) that could be the basis for a geocoder in Japan
> (and perhaps
> > > other Asian countries) is the parcel geocoder that is now part of
> > > PAGC.
> > > However, whether this would work as a solution is largely
> > > speculation on my part, and could well be wrong.
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