[Talk-GB] UK Postcodes - Potential data source

Rob Nickerson rob.j.nickerson at gmail.com
Thu Aug 30 13:48:17 BST 2012

Hi Gregory,

Unfortunately as you will see at the top of your first link, the current
advise is to NOT use the codepoint data set. This is due to possible
licensing issues, but also the data provides postcode centroids, whereas
what we really need is a link between address (survey-able) and postcode
(not easily survey-able).

On a more positive note, I am aware that this issue has been raised with
the Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) and am hoping to get some
form of resolution on this issue soon.

In the mean time, I still believe that the Land Registry "Price Paid"
dataset give a fantastic link between address and postcode and can be used
in OSM.


On 30 August 2012 13:03, Gregory <nomoregrapes at googlemail.com> wrote:

> CodePoint data was made into tiles by Chilly, which can be used as a
> background in JOSM when adding house buildings/address data or can be used
> as a map overlay.
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Ordnance_Survey_Opendata#CodePoint_Tiles
> The wiki has lots of pages on postcodes, but sometimes I struggle to find
> the pages again. Here is one with links to other pages
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/WikiProject_UK_Postcodes
> On 28 August 2012 10:04, Tom Chance <tom at acrewoods.net> wrote:
>>  On 28 August 2012 00:44, Rob Nickerson <rob.j.nickerson at gmail.com>wrote:
>>> What I have in my mind is to grab each months data release from land
>>> registry (thus building up a good database of address + postcode), and then
>>> have some tool to visualise where we can match OSM addresses (without
>>> postcode) to these land reg addresses (with postcode).
>> I've not looked at the land registry license, but assuming this is
>> legally OK I think it's very sneaky, nice spot!
>> It would have the added advantage that such a database could encourage
>> people to add addresses in the first place, perhaps by listing all the
>> first part post codes (SE20, MK40, etc.) giving the percentage of entries
>> where the post code is attached to the address in OSM (complete) and the
>> percentage that have no corresponding addresses.
>> Nothing like a little friendly competition to spur people on.
>> Regards,
>> Tom
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