I'm looking for a list of street and road names abbreviations (e.g Street -> St, Avenue -> Ave. and so on). All I've seen are country-specific lists. Is there a global one, or at least a dataset to extract it from?

I've found this list: http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Name_finder:Abbreviations, and it's quite good, but obviously lacks countries/languages and even items for some of sections.

the OSM "short_name" tag is of no use cause it's absent for practically every road.

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    I think this type of question may be more suited to the Open Data Stack Exchange but if you decide to ask it there be sure to check their Help to make sure that it is on-topic.
    – PolyGeo
    Commented Aug 16, 2016 at 8:35
  • While reading your question, I'm wondering if this is really the problem you need solved. Just a thought. Are you trying to parse street address info that varying abbreviations? Are you trying to standardize addresses? Commented Sep 30, 2016 at 16:40
  • @Joseph Yes, it's the first option basically, working on a way to improve a lookup engine.
    – flire
    Commented Oct 4, 2016 at 9:01
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    @flire Oh. Well, I've worked with a API for these lookups before (SmartyStreets) but I don't know where they get their data. Commented Oct 5, 2016 at 0:04
  • I recommend them if you're open to using a different service rather than building your own. Commented Oct 5, 2016 at 15:34

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Probably there is a set of streets and other worldwide data in OSM Data Extracts , find region or country, download zip files and there you will see a layer called "roads". The field "name" contains the full name of a roads.

Talking about abbreviations, I think if there are another opensource projects which have a worldwide dataset, probably there you will find what you need.

  • Yes, thaks for the advice. I looked at the OSM road data and considered using the "short_name" tag. Unfortunately, the tag is empty for most of the roads and really useless for getting data for the aforementioned dictionary.
    – flire
    Commented Aug 5, 2016 at 13:37

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