[Talk-GB] Postcode centroids

Kevin Peat kevin at kevinpeat.com
Fri Jan 21 12:18:08 GMT 2011


I'll go with the flow on this, there isn't much point adding stuff to the db
where there isn't a consensus. My postcode area is TQ so if you could add
this to the layer that would be great, it would be useful for tagging
buildings anyway.


On 21 January 2011 11:46, Chris Hill <osm at raggedred.net> wrote:

> On 21/01/11 09:51, Kevin Peat wrote:
>> 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
> As others have said, the postcode centroids are completely artificial. I
> believe they were included as part of the Open Data as a way of giving some
> address information out without giving away the real address file data that
> would have been much more useful. Clearly OS & RM did not want to give any
> of this data away, they make money from it. They were forced to give some
> Open Data, so the fudged, soft detail of Street View and the postcode
> centroids are the result.
> The overlay is intended for anyone to use to assist with adding postcodes
> to OSM objects by referring to the centroids without adding them.
> I will add more data over time, but if anyone would like specific areas
> (e.g. HU) adding first please speak up.
> --
> Cheers, Chris
> user: chillly
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