[Geodata] Fwd: Re: inventory of public address data for geocoding in Europe

Andy Turner A.G.D.Turner at leeds.ac.uk
Thu Mar 14 04:49:01 PDT 2013

In the UK the Office For National Statistics (ONS) now release a postcode directory look up (ONSPD). This allows for postcodes to be located to a point in a projection and coordinate system. It also provides look ups to various administrative and census area. This data is released under the UK Open Government license and can currently be found via the following URL:

I think there is a consultation at the moment about releasing address point data under the same license in the UK.



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From: geodata-bounces at lists.osgeo.org [mailto:geodata-bounces at lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Moritz Lennert
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Subject: [Geodata] Fwd: Re: inventory of public address data for geocoding in Europe

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Subject: Re: [Geodata] inventory of public address data for geocoding in 
Date: Thu, 14 Mar 2013 11:25:29 +0100
From: Moritz Lennert <mlennert at club.worldonline.be>
To: Milo van der Linden <milo at dogodigi.net>

Hello Milo,

On 13/03/13 11:39, Milo van der Linden wrote:
> Hello Moritz,
> Geodata Discovery and geocoding are two different things.On the OSGeo
> wiki there is an (outdated) page on opengeocoder.
> http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/OpenGeocoder maybe that can be a starting
> point for you?

I am aware of the difference. However, geocoding might just be one use
of address data, so I thought that an inventory of such data might be
more for the geodata group. But if you tell me that this is not the
case, then I'll go look elsewhere.

> About the services you mention: I am currently in the process of
> importing BAG address data into OpenStreetMap, particulary for the
> nominatim geocoding service
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Nominatim

Great !

I was wondering about the licence of the BAG address data. I haven't
been able to find the info. Via your site (http://www.nlextract.nl/), I
found the INSPIRE download service:

but again, I haven't been able to find license info in the data set either.

> Perhaps OpenStreetMap might be a good place to hold global address
> data? I think it might. But of course other ideas are most welcome!

At this stage, I'm not looking for a place to put the actual data. I
just want to make an inventory of where in Europe such data is available
and under which conditions...

But I agree that OSM would be the perfect place to make the data available.

> Good luck on your project and good to see you are addressing the
> addressing issue ;-)

Thanks !


> 2013/3/13 Moritz Lennert<mlennert at club.worldonline.be>:
>> Hello,
>> I'm hoping to be able to revive this list a bit with a specific project: In
>> the context of my research, I'm currently trying to compile an inventory of
>> public open address data usable for geocoding (or possibly publicly
>> accessible geocoding services). At this stage I have already come upon the
>> following data sources:
>> Spain: CartoCiudad
>> France: BD Adresses and the PointsAdresses from IGN France
>> Netherlands: BAG Compact from the Dutch Cadaster
>> Belgium: The Geodatabases from the three Belgian regions (UrBIS, PLI and
>> AGIV)
>> - Great Britain: Code-Point from the Ordnance Survey (not address, but
>> postcodes which are very dense in GB)
>> The output could be a list of such data on [1], but should also lead to a
>> publication providing other research teams with the information and an
>> evaluation of the possibilities of geocoding based on public, open data in
>> Europe today.
>> Several questions:
>> - Should/can I start a table on [1] ? Is there a better place ?
>> - Does anyone have knowledge of similar data sets in other European
>> countries ?
>> - Does anyone have knowledge of already existing inventories on such data ?
>> Any feedback is more than welcome !
>> Moritz
>> [1] http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Geodata_Discovery_Working_Group
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