[Talk-GB] Address list
openstreetmapcraigmillar at yahoo.co.uk
Sat Dec 11 09:49:59 GMT 2010
Any thoughts on creating our own international postcode based on the short code used in OSM.
--- On Sat, 11/12/10, Lester Caine <lester at lsces.co.uk> wrote:
From: Lester Caine <lester at lsces.co.uk>
Subject: Re: [Talk-GB] Address list
To: "'talk-gb OSM List'" <talk-gb at openstreetmap.org>
Date: Saturday, 11 December, 2010, 7:13
Chris Hill wrote:
> A new national Address list is to be created for England & Wales.
While the postcode location data has now been released, 'addresses' based on postcode is still licensed by Royal Mail and I think it is quite right that THEY are allowed to manage the 'PAF' (Postal Address File) which lists all of the locations they recognise to deliver to. The National Street Gazetteer is the basis for National Address Gazetteer or I think more accurately the National Land and Property Gazetteer. These cover 'addresses' in a different way so that all land can be identified and the reference to 'emergency services' is important here since in rural areas 'postcode' is not always even able to identify a building on fire if it has no postal existence.
Bottom line ... I think there is a 'gap' in the datasets that are being created which we can hopefully fill using the osm database. That is returning postcodes for addresses in a search. The one thing that I think 'free the postcode' failed on was not collecting the street name along with the location.
The question is, should we be adding postcode tags to existing street ways, or simply building a searchable database of street names to go with the existing geolocation table from OS? I am already building my own database, but a central facility would seem appropriate.
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