[Talk-GB] Postcodes on whois records?

James Davis jamesd at jml.net
Mon Sep 7 13:37:22 BST 2009


Gregory Williams wrote:
> I just happen to have looked up a whois record for a domain and it
> helpfully has the registrant’s physical address and postcode. OSM is
> always ticking away in the back of my mind, so I thought: I can
> physically get to that address quite easily for mapping purposes, so
> that postcode is helpful. I’m just wondering what the views of others
> are on using whois records as means for getting a little geo-located
> postcode data? The data in the record has probably been provided by the
> registrant and not inadvertently derived from a copyright source in my view.

It may be okay with other tld's but not within .uk - from nominet's
whois details...

"This WHOIS information is provided for free by Nominet UK the central
registry for .uk domain names. This information and the .uk WHOIS are:

    Copyright Nominet UK 1996 - 2009.

You may not access the .uk WHOIS or use any data from it except as
permitted by the terms of use available in full at
http://www.nominet.org.uk/whois, which includes restrictions on: (A) use
of the data for advertising, or its repackaging, recompilation,
redistribution or reuse (B) obscuring, removing or hiding any or all of
this notice and (C) exceeding query rate or volume limits. The data is
provided on an 'as-is' basis and may lag behind the register. Access may
be withdrawn or restricted at any time."

Regards,

James




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