Loading the Data

Get an introduction to a database for pub names.

PostgreSQL implements the point data type. Using this data type, it’s possible to register locations of points of interest on Earth by using the point values as coordinates for the longitude and latitude. The open-source project, Open Street Map, publishes geographic data that we can use, such as for pubs in the UK.

A pub names database

Using the Overpass API services and a URL like the following, we can download an XML file containing geolocated pubs in the UK:


The data itself is available from OSM in some kind of XML format where they managed to handle the data in an EAV model:

<node id="262706" lat="51.0350300" lon="-0.7251785">
  <tag k="amenity" v="pub"/>
  <tag k="created_by" v="Potlatch 0.10f"/>
  <tag k="name" v="Kings Arms"/>

In our context, we only need a very simple database schema for where to load this dataset, and the following is going to be fine for this purpose:

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