[OSM-talk] OTish : Free The Postcode via OSM

David Earl david at frankieandshadow.com
Mon Jul 30 09:22:11 BST 2007



I have also been experimenting recently with a similar thing the other 
way round, that is you put the postcode in the name finder box and it 
uses a Google search to determine the street, pub etc, and looks that up 
in the name finder in the usual way. I hope to put this on my public 
site this week.


On 29/07/2007 23:10, Minty wrote:
>> Very grey area. Certainly the co-ordinates returned by a Google Maps
>> search for a UK delivery point will be copyright Royal Mail, a dataset
>> which Google will licence, and pay a really hefty fee for it
> Sorry, I may have phrased the question vaugely....
> If I use Google/Yahoo/Live web search to find the website for some place I know:
> http://www.google.com/search?q=house+of+commons
> Use the venue's website (contact details) to get their postcode:
> http://www.parliament.uk/useful/address.cfm
> -> SW1A 0AA
> Assuming I know where that venue is, and open street map is detailed
> enough for me to find it
> http://www.informationfreeway.org/?lat=51.49957360415806&lon=-0.12480873446148448&zoom=16&layers=B000F000
> That tells me the Lat/Lng should be 51.49957, -0.12480
> Is that Okay / Fair Use?
> And why, in this particular case, does Free The Postcode already have
> that postcode listed at 51.540485 -0.057268 which is more than a quick
> stroll from Big Ben?
> M.
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