[Talk-GB] UK Postcodes

Owen Boswarva owen.boswarva at gmail.com
Sun Sep 25 21:41:37 UTC 2016

Government agreed to pay Ordnance Survey £20 million per annum for the OS
OpenData package, including Code-Point Open. The contract is here:

I can't see any obvious reason why Royal Mail would oppose a similar
arrangement for NI postcodes, if NISRA wanted to support an open data
release. (Addresses are a different matter, of course.)


On 25 September 2016 at 22:26, Chris Hill <osm at raggedred.net> wrote:

You would have to ask OS. As I understand it OS and RM were pressured into
> releasing open data by the government in a bit of a hurry. I suspect the
> government didn't understand the different position of NI. OS has now
> seemingly become a convert to open data, publicly at least.
> OS had the deal sweetened with the Public Sector Mapping Agreement, but I
> don't know what leverage was applied to RM. Now that RM is a private
> company that boat has sailed IMHO.
> Cheers, Chris (chillly)
> On 25 September 2016 22:16:08 BST, Killyfole and District Development
> Association <webmaster at killyfole.org.uk> wrote:
> >How did the OS manage to release the GB postcodes? Could a similar
> >model be
> >applied/lobbied for in NI?
> >
> >This has a huge impact for the residents of NI and especially those in
> >County
> >Fermanagh. We have no signage on rural roads here and even if you have
> >the
> >correct road name and number it is very difficult to find an address.
> >This makes
> >delivery of goods and services to be a nightmare to anyone not working
> >for
> >Royal Mail or local to the area.
> >
> >On Sunday, 25 September 2016 22:06:25 BST Chris Hill wrote:
> >> 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)
> --
> Cheers, Chris (chillly)
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