Anybody know what's happened to Matthew Somerville ?

Posted by mwbg on 26 September 2011 in English (English)

Been trying to get some postboxes marked as gone/stolen/absent, as a result of OSMing and finding that they're not there any more. Haven't got a response out of he who maintains the dracos data.

Comment from smsm1 on 26 September 2011 at 11:01

Matthew Somerville is perfectly alive and well. He does respond to messages, though there can be a massive delay in doing so. Querying further will probably just cause a further delay in you getting a response.

Comment from LivingWithDragons on 26 September 2011 at 12:04

There is another tool that might be useful, see the last comment at

Comment from Mappo on 26 September 2011 at 12:17

I was going to comment that the dracos database was just about to pass the 50,000 mark. I was vaguely aware that there's roughly 100,000 post boxes but I thought I'd google for the info.

It seems they've recently released more up-to-date info on the total number of postboxes (115,654 apparently) including ones taken out of service, more details here:

Comment from Mappo on 26 September 2011 at 12:38

Regarding the link provided by LivingWithDragons. Is there any way to add/edit metadata to the OSM database via a simple HTML form? It seems a bit crazy to require a Flash based map editor to add or correct (for example) a post boxes ref number.

Comment from mwbg on 26 September 2011 at 14:28

I wasn't aware that more uptodate data (2011) had been released. I went to the thread in question and grabbed the two .xls files.
I noticed that at least four that I know to have been stolen/removed in 2009 are still present on the list. Not very reliable, therefore.

Comment from Mappo on 26 September 2011 at 14:32

Yeah, if you read that (and any related) thread there's all sorts of problems with the data they release that those receiving it point out. But since we'll be crowdsourcing some QA on it anyway, it's certainly better than nothing.

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