[Talk-GB] UK Postcodes
Killyfole and District Development Association
webmaster at killyfole.org.uk
Sun Sep 25 21:03:03 UTC 2016
Has the Ordnance Survey Northern Ireland (OSNI) followed the lead regarding
Open Government Licencing?
Last time I checked the Royal Mail still claimed copyright over postcodes and
addresses in Northern Ireland. Something I find totally disgusting.
On Sunday, 25 September 2016 21:47:57 BST Owen Boswarva wrote:
> 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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