UK 2019 Q2 Project: Retail Areas
The aim of this UK Quarterly Project is to check and update the high streets and retail areas of the UK. This project runs from Apr-Jul 2019.
This quarter should see us address the issue of the major change under way on all our high streets as the retail sector continues its restructuring under the impact of online services.
We are also trying to get a StreetComplete instance set up to help with surveying/editing. Adam from the OSMUK Board is leading this initiative and is keen to get some assistance.
The first priority should be to reduce the number of "Ghosts". Ghosts are businesses that no longer exist (e.g Toys R US, BHS) or have changed name due to merger or takeover or rebranding (e.g Lloyds TSB, Staples, Co-operative Pharmacies). A comprehensive list is at Ghosts — Closed or Renamed Shops and Amenities in OpenStreetMap UK. There are probably more announcements to be made to add to our work, as bank and ATM networks continue to retract. This could be a good opportunity to build community links by contacting local mappers in areas that need some attention to their high streets, rather than armchairing the exercise
- list of ghost shops
- Survey Me to find missing names (and other issues) in your area.
- nameless shops/amenities shows numbers, and you could see how much it improves.
- We are looking to create StreetComplete quests
Some relevant numbers from the missing names lists.
|amenity=* value||1st April 2019|
|shop=* value||1st April|
This continues on from last quarter's project to map addresses of FHRS businesses.