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I want to add the address values for some houses I am adding in my neighborhood, but the addresses already show up when I search for them. How does OSM know where these unmapped places are? Also, how does it know where neighborhoods that are not explicitly marked are?

When I add the tags for addresses, will OSM automatically recognize that the new address is better (it is), or do I need to do something to help it?

asked 04 Sep '14, 02:46

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The search function on the http://www.openstreetmap.org/ map page uses Nominatim. In addition the OSM data, Nominatim is loaded with information from other databases. If Nominatim does not find a result in the OSM data it looks at those other databases. So it is likely that your search is turning up data from another database.

If you add the address information to OSM it should show up first in the search function and, better yet from my point of view, will be available for "off line" searching with other software like OsmAnd.

So please add your locally gathered neighborhood address information to OSM, it will improve the data. And thanks for doing that!

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answered 04 Sep '14, 03:55

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