[Talk-GB] Automated Code-Point Open postcode editing (simple cases only)

Tony Shield tony.shield999 at gmail.com
Sat Jul 20 09:36:43 UTC 2019


Hi

Starting to get a little confused here - my brother lives in Northern 
Ireland and has a BT postcode which he has given me. Am I allowed to put 
into OSM?

TonyS999

On 20/07/2019 08:02, Mark Goodge wrote:
>
>
> On 19/07/2019 22:36, ndrw6 at redhazel.co.uk wrote:
>> On 19/07/2019 20:29, Mark Goodge wrote:
>>>
>>> ONS postcode products are also OGL, so can be reused in OSM and 
>>> similar. They're also more useful than Code-Point Open in that they 
>>> also include lookups to a number of other government codes (such as 
>>> local authority GSS codes). It also differentiates between "large 
>>> user" and normal postcodes, and includes an introduction date and, 
>>> where applicable, a termination date for every valid postcode.
>>
>> That would be very useful indeed but what is the license of these 
>> extra features? OGL alone doesn't mean anything if they qualify it 
>> with "data may contain third party IP" or similar.
>
> It's OGL apart from BT postcodes, which are mentioned separately in 
> the licence.
>
>> Their website says:
>>
>> "Our postcode products (derived from Code-Point® Open) are subject to 
>> the Open Government Licence."
>>
>> and then:
>>
>> "If you also use the Northern Ireland data (postcodes starting with 
>> “BT”), you need a separate licence for commercial use direct from 
>> Land and Property Services."
>>
>> I understand it as only the part that already exists in Code-Point 
>> Open is free, extra information may or may not be free, depending if 
>> it comes from ONS own data or other sources.
>
> The other information is OGL as that's derived from other published 
> data that's already OGL. For example, GSS codes and their associated 
> names. The licence page is quite clear about that: postcode lookup 
> data is OGL apart from BT postcodes. And those are easy enough to 
> filter out if necessary.
>
> Mark
>
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