[Talk-GB] Import UK postcode data?

Richard Fairhurst richard at systemed.net
Fri Oct 4 14:41:42 UTC 2019


Twopenn'orth and not particularly a reply to any single message:

1. I'm not against them being in the OSM database, mostly for the reason
that it's unrealistic to expect every single app to do additional processing
for all 195 countries in the world. Sure, it would be nice if Osmand and
maps.me and Fred's routing app and Jo's OSM-based game were all smart enough
to ingest CodePoint Open (and its 194 equivalents worldwide), but they
won't. Expecting them to do so is akin to people expecting every single app
to filter out C-roads in Britain, and even osm-carto doesn't do that. So it
seems a reasonably pragmatic thing to do.

2. However... just blindly importing them seems to be a real missed
opportunity. If you give me a nice interface with centroids for Charlbury, I
will have a go at mapping them to actual, useful polygons, based on my
knowledge of the street layout and Carla the post-lady's daily rounds (or I
could ask her, but I'm not sure of the IP of asking an RM employee...). If
you dump them into the database as-is I almost certainly won't get round to
it.

cheers
Richard



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