[Openstreetmap] Re: [Geowanking] freeing the postcode database
david at cantrell.org.uk
Wed Aug 10 02:44:11 PDT 2005
On Mon, Aug 08, 2005 at 11:59:10PM +0100, Saul Albert wrote:
> This has been a sticking point for ages.. Some initial pointers from
> various conversations on the issue:
> - Is it the postcode/geocode pair that's crown copyright, or the use of
> the codes themselves? Is there any advice on this that you've had that
> indicates that this approach would actually work legally?
What a surprise, it's degenerating into lawyer-wanking. Same happened
when I tried to do the same thing a year and a bit ago.
> - There are 1.6 million postcodes containing about 24 million addresses.
> That's a lot. Might it be possible to reverse-engineer how the hell
> their alphanumeric code assignment works? Can anyone see any logic to it?
> Can it be generalised somehow?
There is some logic to it, but not much. It can't be
reverse-engineered because at the higher levels of detail there is no
logic to it.
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