[Talk-GB] UK Postcodes

Owen Boswarva owen.boswarva at gmail.com
Sun Sep 25 20:47:57 UTC 2016

I can't see any reason why there should be a problem using Code-Point Open
in OSM, now that Ordnance Survey has applied the Open Government Licence in
place of its own licence. If you read further down, the wiki page gives
examples of OSM projects that use Code-Point Open.


On 25 September 2016 at 21:34, Gervase Markham <gerv-gmane at gerv.net> wrote:

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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