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

Andy Turner A.G.D.Turner at leeds.ac.uk
Fri Mar 15 08:02:44 PDT 2013

Thank Moritz.

I'm not sure what the state of the consultation on the address data is. Here is a good link to some further information:

The ONSPD data that is available via one of the links I sent is a 2013 data resource. I reckon it was released partly as a consequence of the making open data real consultation (https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/making-open-data-real)

UK postcodes change over time, but not massively. How different the ONSPD 2013 data is from the Ordnance Survey data I don't know. A UK postcode rather than being an area/region is a set of delivery points. Areas/regions can be derived from these. I'm not sure about the ownership of all the address data, but I know that there is some data about organisations that link to their addresses that is far from open data, for example, the Business Structure Database (http://www.esds.ac.uk/findingData/snDescription.asp?sn=6697). That data is strictly controlled and from what I understand, it is sort of like companies house data and open corporate data, but perhaps more detailed and enriched, though certainly just for UK.


-----Original Message-----
From: Moritz Lennert [mailto:mlennert at club.worldonline.be] 
Sent: 15 March 2013 13:58
To: Andy Turner
Cc: geodata at lists.osgeo.org
Subject: Re: [Geodata] Fwd: Re: inventory of public address data for geocoding in Europe


Thanks for your response.

On 14/03/13 12:49, Andy Turner wrote:
> 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:
> http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/guide-method/geography/products/postcode-directories/-nspp-/index.html

Thank you for the hint. If I understand correctly, the aim of the above 
is to create a "spatial hierarchy" of units that allows to construct 
data in larger units (output areas, administrative, health, etc) from 
the postcodes.

Concerning coordinates for postcodes, the Code-Point Open data from the 
Ordnance Survey provides those [1].

I'll have to check how the NSPL data at your above link compares to the 
Code-Point Open data.

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

This would be great !


[1] http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/products/code-point-open/

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