[OSM-talk] UK post box data

Shaun McDonald shaun at shaunmcdonald.me.uk
Sat Jul 5 16:51:11 BST 2008

On 5 Jul 2008, at 15:49, Tom Taylor wrote:

> On 5 Jul 2008, at 15:29, Shaun McDonald wrote:
>> The problem is that you are geocoding using Yahoo's geocoding
>> services. Which simply isn't compatible with the OSM licence. If you
>> were to use OSM or free the postcode data for doing the geocoding,
>> then you would be able to do it.
> Agreed, but Free The Postcode simply doesn't contain the density of
> data required. Until the Postcode Address File is released, I don't
> see a better way of doing it.
>> However postcodes are not very accurate, they get you to within a
>> quarter/half/full street.
> Again, agreed, but Royal Mail themselves don't hold any more accurate
> information.

Then it appears that we are going to need to survey them all. At least  
we have some idea as to when they will be complete.

>> All post boxes in OSM are done more accurate than that. It would be
>> far better to say, there should be a post box somewhere in this
>> area, and there isn't one yet. Presenting this in a status page
>> online would be more useful. Someone done this for the railway
>> stations.
> Have you got a URL for this?


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