[Talk-GB] UK Postcodes

Gervase Markham gerv-gmane at gerv.net
Sun Sep 25 20:34:26 UTC 2016


I hope this isn't a silly question, but: it seems like all the projects
to free the UK postcode database (like npemap and freethepostcode)
closed down five or more years ago when the OS release CodePoint Open.
However, this data set is not suitable for use in OSM, according to:
http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Ordnance_Survey_Opendata

The end result is that I still can't type UK postcodes into Nominatim,
the main OSM search engine, and depend on getting useful results back.
Which makes it, TBH, bloody useless compared to Google Maps, as 95% of
the address searches I do are by postcode. Example:

https://nominatim.openstreetmap.org/search.php?q=LE11+1PN&polygon=1&viewbox=
"No results"
and
http://www.openstreetmap.org/search?query=LE11%201PN#map=13/52.7747/-1.1692
Gives me "LE11 1##", which is not very close at all. To add insult to
injury, it says "Results from NPEMap/FreeThePostcode", but it seems like
either of those projects lets you add to their database any more!
Nominatim doesn't seem to turn up postcodes even if they are added to
objects in the OSM database as postcodes.

Does this not bother anyone else? It is just me? If it bothers lots of
people, why did those projects shut and why does no-one appear to be
doing anything about it? I kind of feel I must have missed something big
as this has seemed like an enormous glaring issue for years, but no-one
else seems bothered...

Gerv




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