[Talk-GB] Postcode centroids

Kevin Peat kevin at kevinpeat.com
Fri Jan 21 10:25:57 GMT 2011


Hi Ed,

With the advent of Bing tracing and OS Opendata I wouldn't be surprised if
we had all the roads in Britain complete this year even in the areas where
there are never going to be many mappers on-the-ground. But house numbers
cannot be added remotely so it might take another 10 years for all that data
to be added by local people. In the meantime it would be nice to be able to
make a postcode search.

Kevin



On 21 January 2011 10:03, Ed Loach <ed at loach.me.uk> wrote:

> I can’t speak for Chris, but I don’t see any point in just adding the
> centroids to the map as any satnav application already has access to that
> data and can even keep it updated easier by keeping it separate and just
> replacing the Opendata source file each time a new version is released.
>
>
>
> I’m still not absolutely convinced that if we have all the roads and house
> numbers that postcodes are even necessary (other than for satnav users who
> are in the habit of entering them). Searching for the address should find it
> with or without the postcode being present. I can see they might be useful
> to distinguish between two roads with the same name in the same town, but I
> think that is fairly rare.
>
>
>
> Ed
>
>
>
> *From:* Kevin Peat [mailto:kevin at kevinpeat.com]
> *Sent:* 21 January 2011 09:52
> *To:* Chris Hill
> *Cc:* Talk-GB
> *Subject:* Re: [Talk-GB] Postcode centroids
>
>
>
> Hello Chris,
>
> I was wondering why you don't see any value in just adding the postcode
> centroids to the map?
>
> There are probably 25000+ buildings in my area so it isn't feasible for me
> to add them all and their addresses in less than a lifetime whereas adding
> the postcode centroids would surely allow an instant improvement in
> navigation for many users who are used to tapping a postcode into their
> satnavs?
>
> Kevin
>
>
>
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