[Talk-GB] UK Postcodes

Chris Hill osm at raggedred.net
Sun Sep 25 22:28:00 UTC 2016

The £20 million was helpful but the real deal was the PSMA, which killed off the embryonic commercial competition for OS overnight. 

Cheers, Chris (chillly)

On 25 September 2016 22:41:37 BST, Owen Boswarva <owen.boswarva at gmail.com> wrote:
>Government agreed to pay Ordnance Survey £20 million per annum for the
>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
>> releasing open data by the government in a bit of a hurry. I suspect
>> 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
>> >County
>> >Fermanagh. We have no signage on rural roads here and even if you
>> >the
>> >correct road name and number it is very difficult to find an
>> >This makes
>> >delivery of goods and services to be a nightmare to anyone not
>> >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
>> >of
>> >> National Statistics. The confusion over the Codepoint Open licence
>> >has been
>> >> resolved as it is now released under a suitable licence too.
>> >> Ireland does not release its postcodes under any open licence.
>> >>
>> >> Cheers, Chris
>> >> (osm: chillly)
>> --
>> Cheers, Chris (chillly)
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Cheers, Chris (chillly)
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