CP Hennessy wrote, On 19/08/10 13:50:
> An Post do indeed have their own coding system all the way down the address
> model to a building id.
Problem with this (Geo Directory) and Loc8 tm codes is they're licensed
on commercial basis, which makes them unusable in lots of applications.
Geo Directory does cost money to maintain, but Loc8 is just a simple
mathematical transformation from GPS lon/lat, (hence the proliferation
of prior art and competitors).
The UK until recently had same situation with for-profit sale of
copyright postcodes by Post Office. This changed when OS opened up the
Postcodes based on copyright data or restricted use, are so last year.
Hopefully Ireland will get a government standard gps-transform based
postcode system that's completely free to use - (free as in freedom,
bringing this teensy bit back from OT). The openstreetmap.org community
could probably knock one together in an afternoon, if anyone's asking.
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