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DISCUSSION: What open datasets do you want in Pelias? #254

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riordan opened this Issue Feb 4, 2016 · 9 comments

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riordan commented Feb 4, 2016

Pelias can only be as good as the data available to it. And so far, we've done a lot to make the best use of the best collaborative open data projects we can find. But there are plenty of other sources of data that have the potential to open geocoding up to parts of the world where we don't yet offer it.

We suspect you probably know some of the best sources already that would make Pelias/Mapzen Search substantially better. Please, leave us comment below with a particular target dataset that you'd like to see Pelias/Mapzen Search rely upon.

We'd love to see new sources of:

  • Address data (so we can provide it to OpenAddresses)
  • Road network data for interpolation
  • Postcodes
  • Venues and named points of interest

This is why we think open will win: when people can share what we know, knowledge grows faster and we can build so much more.

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riordan commented Feb 4, 2016

For reference here's the datasets we currently use:

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riordan commented Feb 4, 2016

Also here are a few open sources we're tracking now. No promises if/when they'll all make it into the service (and if it makes sense to route them through other, broader projects, like OpenAddresses or Who's on First), but we want to be transparent in what we've been thinking about.

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mtmail commented Feb 4, 2016

It's GB postal codes. The Northern Ireland postcodes are managed by https://www.dfpni.gov.uk/publications/lps-copyright-licensing-digital-application-forms (kind of a separate Ordinance Survey). Those are reselling Royalmail data and require a commercial license. I know, pretty annoying, especially since you can download the NI postcodes just fine.

For Canadian postcodes watch http://geocoder.ca/?sued=1#updates (and/or add to their legal defense fund)

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riordan commented Feb 4, 2016

Totally, thank you for catching the NI issue, @mtmail.

And we'll keep our eyes on geocoder.ca.

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@orangejulius orangejulius changed the title from DISCUSSION: What open datasets do you want in Pelias/Mapzen Search? to DISCUSSION: What open datasets do you want in Pelias? Feb 8, 2018

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orangejulius commented Feb 17, 2018

I would like to propose that we build an importer for All The Places. cc @iandees

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hughcameron commented Oct 3, 2018

Hi @orangejulius, I noticed your Docker project for Australia. The Australian Government also makes a Geocoded National Address File each quarter which may be useful to develop an importer for.

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trescube commented Oct 3, 2018

Hey @hughcameron, Pelias uses openaddresses which contains that curated Australia-wide source, kept up-to-date by the inimitable @andrewharvey. Thanks for your interest in Pelias, we love new data sources!

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orangejulius commented Oct 3, 2018

@hughcameron, yup, what @trescube said. The excellent coverage via G-NAF data is part of the reason I made the Australia Docker project. We plan to use Australia as a mid-sized build for testing pelias going forward because we know there is great address coverage. If you have a chance to try it out let me know!

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hughcameron commented Oct 12, 2018

Hey @orangejulius & @trescube - thanks for letting me know. I got the Australia project up and running earlier in the week using forward geocoding for validation and parsing - really powerful stuff. Great work!

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