[Talk-GB] Importing Shell fuel stations

Chris Hill osm at raggedred.net
Fri Nov 3 19:10:27 UTC 2017

On 03/11/2017 18:45, David Woolley wrote:
> On 03/11/17 17:51, Ilya Zverev wrote:
>> postcodes, should they be removed from the import? Is there a 
>> database that I can check these against?
> There is a database, but one of OSM UK's big bug bears is that it is 
> not licensed in a way that allows it to be used for OSM.  About the 
> limit of what you could do is find wrong postcodes, and then use other 
> means to correct them.  I think removing a postcode on a mismatch 
> might be too close to using the data.
> I'm, of course, referring to Royal Mail's Postal Address File (PAF). 
There is a list of GB postcodes (not Northern Ireland) which, being OGL, 
is compatible with the OSM licence. I maintain an overlay of postcodes 
using that data, which you can see more about here: 

I am, of course, referring to the dataset Codepoint Open, supplied from 
Royal Mail and distributed on the Ordnance Survey open data page. 

There is a version also supplied by the Office of National Statistics 
which is based on Codepoint Open, but with some extra information for 
each postcode. This also contains expired postcodes too.

Both of these datasets do not show each delivery point, but just a 
centroid (in OSGB grid ref) for all the delivery points.


Chris Hill (chillly)

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