[Talk-GB] Postcode centroids

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


Chris,

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.

Kevin



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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