[Talk-GB] Import UK postcode data?

David Woolley forums at david-woolley.me.uk
Wed Oct 2 12:57:54 UTC 2019

Whilst I'm not sure of the precise conclusions, this has been considered 
many many times before.  I think it may even have been done in some 
places.  I'd suggest a search of the list archives.

Note that this data is not suitable for reverse geo-coding, because I 
don't believe it distinguishes between single business and area codes.

(Better would be to convince the general public that a proprietary 
locator system is not the best way of providing a short code for an 
approximate location.)

On 02/10/2019 13:43, Russ Phillips via Talk-GB wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm wondering if it would be feasible and advisable to import the UK 
> postcode data from OS OpenData Codepoint 
> <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Ordnance_Survey_OpenData#Code-Point_Open>.
> The licence is OSM compatible. My thinking was that we could create a 
> node for each data point and set the addr:postcode tag. This would be 
> useful for routing software like OsmAnd, since it would allow a user to 
> enter a postcode as a destination.
> I'm happy to do the work, but the import guidelines 
> <https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Import/Guidelines> say that imports 
> should be discussed on the imports@ list and the appropriate local 
> communities, hence this email.
> Russ Phillips
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