Opened 9 years ago

Closed 4 years ago

#4200 closed enhancement (wontfix)

Nominatim: Add timezone in results

Reported by: mail2lx@… Owned by: geocoding@…
Priority: trivial Milestone:
Component: nominatim Version:
Keywords: Cc: klember


It would be great to have a node with the timezone (like "Europe/Berlin?") for a location in the Nominatim result object.

Change History (7)

comment:1 Changed 8 years ago by Tom Hughes

Owner: changed from openstreetmap@… to geocoding@…

comment:2 Changed 6 years ago by klember

I too would like this. We could use it in GNOME to do reverse geocoding of the computer's location to a timezone, so that we could automatically update the timezone when the user has travelled to another country.

comment:3 Changed 6 years ago by Sarah Hoffmann

Resolution: wontfix
Status: newclosed

This isn't really the core business of OSM. There are external sources available you can use to enhance the results with timezone data.

comment:4 Changed 6 years ago by klember

Resolution: wontfix
Status: closedreopened

Which external sources do you have in mind? And do they have similar open data objectives as OSM?

comment:5 Changed 6 years ago by klember

Cc: klember added

comment:6 Changed 6 years ago by Sarah Hoffmann

Priority: minortrivial

I was thinking of the tz database that you could mingle with geocoding results.

Let me clearify my earlier statement: first of all, I'm not aware that a consensus has been reached regarding time zone mapping. Some boundaries seem to have a timezone tag now which might be usable but requires resolving the timezone info of the complete hierarchy, not impossible but not trivial either. Second, I wouldn't consider time zone estimation a primary task of a geocoding server and using it primarily for time zone resolution sounds like overkill. Third, it should be easy enough to create a small timezone dataset that can be efficiently queried locally. So even if it might be an interesting feature, it will be so close to the end of a very long list of features to implement that 'wontfix' is closer to the truth than anything else. But by all means, prove me wrong and send a patch.

comment:7 Changed 4 years ago by Sarah Hoffmann

Resolution: wontfix
Status: reopenedclosed

There is more or less a consensus in the OSM community that timezones don't belong into OSM. So, same goes for Nominatim. It simply won't happen.

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