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Am a beginner and would like to add house address numbers. What is the quicker editor and way to do that operation ?

asked 26 Aug '11, 09:39

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edited 26 Aug '11, 15:54

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Using Potlatch 2, the editor on the main site:

  1. Click the building to select it
  2. Click 'Address' on the tabs on the left
  3. Enter the address
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answered 30 Aug '11, 10:42

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sorry, can't find an "address" tab? When I click on a building, it says "no tags set", and gives me the options of roads, barriers, places, etc.

(03 Feb '15, 05:17) neppern

@neppern: are you talking of a newly drawn building? Then you first need to "tag" it as building. Select "building" in that option view ("roads, barriers, places").

(03 Feb '15, 07:59) aseerel4c26 ♦

@neppern Below "roads" in the list that you see is "buildings". Select that, and then the "address" tab will appear.

(03 Feb '15, 09:16) SomeoneElse ♦

The easiest way is using JOSM, possibly with some plugin. Unless you map the Czech Republic you have to enter the address manually (address interpolation can make this easier for places with consecutive numbering.
For more advances features look here.

In JOSM select the building, click Presets from the main menu->Annotations->Addresses, fill in the info, click Apply.
If there is more addresses you can use interpolation or copy the address to all buildings (Ctrl+C, Ctrl+Shift+V - copies tags) and change the numbers only.

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answered 26 Aug '11, 13:14

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edited 26 Aug '11, 13:20


Thanks LM_1,

Have used JOSM as suggested and did not need any plugin. Could load the map as directed. After the selection of the building, I could simply use the assistant and add the attribute addr:housenumber with the value to it.

Great !

(26 Aug '11, 15:09) Jeddie

The simplest way is to have one node per property (house). Tag the node with addr:housenumber. A good search engine, such as Nominatim, will then associate it with the nearest street. So the streetname is usually optional.

There are a number of mobile apps for collecting addresses on a large scale. For example

And if you combine it with addr:interpolation, you can add a thousand address or more in a single day.

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answered 26 Aug '11, 14:58

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Relying on proximity to associate addresses with streets is very fragile (can break if someone else moves a street just a tiny bit) and not well defined (e.g. for building polygons).

Imo, addr:housenumber + addr:street is the minimum useful set of address tags.

(30 Aug '11, 11:47) Tordanik

The "R" short cut could help you in copying the address into each tag of each house but you will have to edit the number of course. there is more info

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answered 30 Aug '11, 13:19

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If the pattern is regular you can draw a single way for each side of a street, using address interpolation:

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answered 31 Aug '11, 06:13

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