[Talk-GB] Postcodes to Shapefile

Chris Hill osm at raggedred.net
Mon Apr 26 13:24:26 BST 2010

Kev js1982 wrote:
> I am currently trying to create a series of shapefiles from postcodes 
> (using OS Open Geo Data) using the code from "Random Junk" 
> (http://random.dev.openstreetmap.org/postcodes/#) running on Ubuntu 
> 9.10 but I can't get it working.
> What I have done so far is to create a folder called /home/kev/osm
> In this folder is "makeShapeColoured.py"
> Prompted by 
> http://www.mail-archive.com/talk@openstreetmap.org/msg20932.html I 
> have downloaded the pyshapelib from 
> http://ftp.intevation.de/users/bh/pyshapelib/pyshapelib-0.3.tar.gz 
> (the URL appears to have changed when compared with the mail archive 
> post), which has been extracted into the same folder and then renamed 
> shapelib (i.e. there exists a file called 
> /home/kev/osm/shapelib/shapelib.py ).
> If I then run
> $ python makeShapeColoured.py
> I get the following message
> Traceback (most recent call last):
>   File "makeShapeColoured.py", line 34, in <module>
>     import shapelib.shapelib as shp, shapelib.dbflib as dbf
> ImportError: No module named shapelib.shapelib
> I'm guessing this is because the "python binding" needs installing - 
> but which binding?  Google seams to bring back results about the 
> subversion, gdal and not just a generic python bindings - has anyone 
> any ideas what needs to be done here?
> Install is a standard (English/GB) installation of Ubuntu running 
> inside Virtual Box which has had the following command run
> sudo aptitude install openssh-server python python-mapnik mapnik-utils 
> libmapnik-dev python-dev
> and all the respective dependencies installed.
> Hopefully converting it to running on the OS projection will be as 
> simple as changing the project line!
I have been working on the OS boundary files for counties etc and the 
coastline files. They all have a .prj which is incorrect. If you 
re-project the shpfiles using the OS supplied .prj using, for example, 
GDAL routines you will get polygons or lines which are substantially 
inaccurate. Jerry Clough supplied me a corrected .prj file:

PROJCS["British National Grid (ORD SURV GB)", GEOGCS["unnamed", 
DATUM["D_OSGB_1936", SPHEROID["Airy - 1848",6377563,299.319997677743], 
PROJECTION["Transverse_Mercator"], PARAMETER["latitude_of_origin",49],  
PARAMETER["false_easting",400000], PARAMETER["false_northing",-100000], 

Replace the .prj file with the data above.

Cheers, Chris

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