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Ghosts — Closed or Renamed Shops and Amenities in OpenStreetMap UK

From time to time a chain of stores either re-brands itself (perhaps as the result of a take-over or merger) or goes into administration and shuts down completely. Either way, formerly correctly tagged OSM objects will become out of date. This tool aims to list sets of such objects, to help mappers find and deal with these cases. As well as dealing with the individual instances, the fact that such objects remain a significant time after the stores have closed or been renamed, indicates a shortage of local mappers suggesting that the rest of the local area might need a re-survey too. The data in each of the active sets listed below is updated from OSM roughly once a week.

As well as the pages for each set linked from the table below, mappers may find the "Survey Me!" tool useful, which combines all the Ghosts data, along with data from a number of other tools, to provide details of locations that might benefit from a survey in a given area.

Set Type Instances Updated Age
Co-Operative Pharmacy Rename 123 2019‑05‑24 44h
Lloyds TSB Rename 110 2019‑05‑24 47h
Thomson Travel Agent Rename 90 2019‑05‑24 47h
Plumb, Parts, Drain, Pipe & Climate Center Rename 88 2019‑05‑24 44h
Poundworld Closure 83 2019‑05‑24 46h
Wilkinson Rename 58 2019‑05‑24 47h
Maplin Closure 56 2019‑05‑24 44h
Total Petrol Rename 55 2019‑05‑24 47h
Games Workshop Rename 44 2019‑05‑24 47h
Phones 4U Closure 41 2019‑05‑24 47h
Flying Tiger Rename 27 2019‑05‑24 47h
Age Concern Rename 27 2019‑05‑24 47h
Staples Rename 23 2019‑05‑24 47h
Jamie's Italian Closure 20 2019‑05‑24 47h
BHS Closure 19 2019‑05‑24 46h
Brantano Closure 18 2019‑05‑24 44h
Orange and T-Mobile Rename 17 2019‑05‑24 47h
Norwich & Peterborough Building Society Rename 9 2019‑05‑24 47h
That's Entertainment Closure 8 2019‑05‑24 46h
Cheltenham & Gloucester Rename 5 2019‑05‑24 47h
Help The Aged Rename 5 2019‑05‑24 47h
Cheshire Building Society Rename 4 2019‑05‑24 47h
Toys R Us Closure 0 2019‑03‑03 2m
TA Centres Rename 0 2019‑02‑15 3m
Dunfermline Building Society Rename 0 2019‑02‑15 3m
Total 930

Mechanical Edits Warning: Many of the instances flagged above could be fixed by a bulk mechanical edit. There are two opposing view-points on whether this is a good idea. The first says that if we know something is wrong and can improve it, then we should. The other says that it is better to leave objects like this for local mappers, as it is good to review the object completely, and instances are a good indicator that the whole area could do with being re-surveyed. Whatever your views, the OSM Automated Edits Code of Conduct needs to be followed, so you would need to discuss — and get agreement — on any plans in the Talk GB Mailing List and/or Talk IE Mailing List before going ahead.

I am happy to receive suggestions for improvements to this tool and also ideas for additional sets of shops and amenities that could be added. Please get in touch via my OSM Profile.

Data derived from OpenStreetMap data, © OpenStreetMap Contributors, licensed under Open Data Commons Open Database License (ODbL). XAPI courtesy of Overpass API.