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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 Either way, formerly correctly tagged OSM objects will become out of date.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.

Set Type Instances Updated Age
Co-Operative Pharmacy Rename 145 2018‑12‑13 2d
Lloyds TSB Rename 131 2018‑12‑13 2d
Poundworld Closure 109 2018‑12‑13 2d
Thomson Travel Agent Rename 103 2018‑12‑13 2d
Plumb, Parts, Drain, Pipe & Climate Center Rename 95 2018‑12‑13 2d
Maplin Closure 91 2018‑12‑13 2d
Total Petrol Rename 87 2018‑12‑13 2d
Wilkinson Rename 65 2018‑12‑13 2d
Staples Rename 31 2018‑12‑13 2d
Age Concern Rename 28 2018‑12‑13 2d
Brantano Closure 23 2018‑12‑13 2d
BHS Closure 22 2018‑12‑13 2d
Norwich & Peterborough Building Society Rename 13 2018‑12‑13 2d
Cheltenham & Gloucester Rename 6 2018‑12‑13 2d
Toys R Us Closure 6 2018‑12‑13 2d
Help The Aged Rename 5 2018‑12‑13 2d
Cheshire Building Society Rename 4 2018‑12‑13 2d
Dunfermline Building Society Rename 2 2018‑12‑13 2d
TA Centres Rename 0 2018‑12‑13 2d

As well as the pages for each set linked from the table above, mappers may find the "Survey Me!" tool useful, which combines data from a number of tools to provide details of places that might benefit from a survey in a local area.

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.