[Geodata] Fwd: Re: inventory of public address data for geocoding in Europe

Moritz Lennert mlennert at club.worldonline.be
Thu Mar 14 03:25:55 PDT 2013

[this was supposed to go to the list as well]

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Subject: Re: [Geodata] inventory of public address data for geocoding in 
Date: Thu, 14 Mar 2013 11:25:29 +0100
From: Moritz Lennert <mlennert at club.worldonline.be>
To: Milo van der Linden <milo at dogodigi.net>

Hello Milo,

On 13/03/13 11:39, Milo van der Linden wrote:
> Hello Moritz,
> Geodata Discovery and geocoding are two different things.On the OSGeo
> wiki there is an (outdated) page on opengeocoder.
> http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/OpenGeocoder maybe that can be a starting
> point for you?

I am aware of the difference. However, geocoding might just be one use
of address data, so I thought that an inventory of such data might be
more for the geodata group. But if you tell me that this is not the
case, then I'll go look elsewhere.

> About the services you mention: I am currently in the process of
> importing BAG address data into OpenStreetMap, particulary for the
> nominatim geocoding service
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Nominatim

Great !

I was wondering about the licence of the BAG address data. I haven't
been able to find the info. Via your site (http://www.nlextract.nl/), I
found the INSPIRE download service:

but again, I haven't been able to find license info in the data set either.

> Perhaps OpenStreetMap might be a good place to hold global address
> data? I think it might. But of course other ideas are most welcome!

At this stage, I'm not looking for a place to put the actual data. I
just want to make an inventory of where in Europe such data is available
and under which conditions...

But I agree that OSM would be the perfect place to make the data available.

> Good luck on your project and good to see you are addressing the
> addressing issue ;-)

Thanks !


> 2013/3/13 Moritz Lennert<mlennert at club.worldonline.be>:
>> Hello,
>> I'm hoping to be able to revive this list a bit with a specific project: In
>> the context of my research, I'm currently trying to compile an inventory of
>> public open address data usable for geocoding (or possibly publicly
>> accessible geocoding services). At this stage I have already come upon the
>> following data sources:
>> Spain: CartoCiudad
>> France: BD Adresses and the PointsAdresses from IGN France
>> Netherlands: BAG Compact from the Dutch Cadaster
>> Belgium: The Geodatabases from the three Belgian regions (UrBIS, PLI and
>> AGIV)
>> - Great Britain: Code-Point from the Ordnance Survey (not address, but
>> postcodes which are very dense in GB)
>> The output could be a list of such data on [1], but should also lead to a
>> publication providing other research teams with the information and an
>> evaluation of the possibilities of geocoding based on public, open data in
>> Europe today.
>> Several questions:
>> - Should/can I start a table on [1] ? Is there a better place ?
>> - Does anyone have knowledge of similar data sets in other European
>> countries ?
>> - Does anyone have knowledge of already existing inventories on such data ?
>> Any feedback is more than welcome !
>> Moritz
>> [1] http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Geodata_Discovery_Working_Group
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