[Talk-GB] UK Postcodes

Chris Hill osm at raggedred.net
Sun Sep 25 21:06:25 UTC 2016

GB postcodes are published under a compatible licence by the Office of National Statistics. The confusion over the Codepoint Open licence has been resolved as it is now released under a suitable licence too. Northern Ireland does not release its postcodes under any open licence.

Cheers, Chris
(osm: chillly)

On 25 September 2016 at 21:34:26 +01:00, 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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