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Why Geocoding is Hard and How You and OSM Can Help

Saturday, 2:30 pm – 20 min
Julian Simioni

Steve Coast recently called geocoding one of the last unsolved technical problems of OSM.

While it’s true there’s always more work to do, real progress has also been made, and our community is uniquely suited to continuing to improve the state of open-data geocoding.

In this talk we’ll explore both sides of the geocoding challenge:

  • Why geocoding is a vast and difficult task
  • Where OSM shines as a data source for geocoding
  • How you, the OSM contributor can best make OSM better for geocoding