[Talk-GB] Import UK postcode data?

Andy Robinson ajrlists at gmail.com
Wed Oct 2 14:46:41 UTC 2019

Cheers Chris, always mightily useful.




From: Chris Hill [mailto:osm at raggedred.net] 
Sent: 02 October 2019 15:38
To: Tony OSM; OSM Talk GB
Subject: Re: [Talk-GB] Import UK postcode data?



I've just updated with August 2019 data, the next update is due in November I think. 

Chris Hill (chillly)

On 02/10/2019 15:24, Tony OSM wrote: 


Didn't know about your JOSM overlay - just added and it looks great.

Tony Shield (TonyS999)

On 02/10/2019 14:20, Chris Hill wrote:

I would not like to see that happen. OSM maps real objects, postcodes are not real and only apply as a part of an object's address. They apply to buildings (delivery points on buildings really). The postcodes in Codepoint Open are centroids derived from a combination of all the delivery points that share the postcode so are not at all real-world objects.

If you want to apply postcodes to addresses you can see the map overlay I have produced which you can use in editors as an overlay: https://codepoint.raggedred.net/  I will update it again shortly. You can also derive postcodes from other open data sources such as FHRS data. 

Chris Hill (chillly)

On 02/10/2019 13:43, Russ Phillips via Talk-GB wrote:


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



Chris Hill (chillly)
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