I live in Austin, Texas. If I'm in Google Maps and I type in "2504 E Cesar Chavez", it takes me to an address in Austin and the panel on the left says "2504 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702". But if I type the same thing into openstreetmap.org, there are 3 different results, none of which are in Austin (one is in New Mexico, one in South Texas, and one in Ecuador).
What's going on here? I have two big questions:
- How does OpenStreetMap figure out what the "real" address is, as compared to Google Maps?
- Is there documentation about how to correctly specify street addresses for OpenStreetMap? Or, does anyone here have tips on how to do it?
(A bit of background: I'm working on a project that will involve putting a few thousand photos on a ViewShare map in Omeka, and am hoping to find a way to standardize location metadata en masse that will play nice with ViewShare, which uses OpenStreetMap.)