What you are proposing is the best way to provide a compressed
geographic co-ordinate. But for the best 'post code' perhaps it's worth
considering (maybe at the expense of an extra digit) a 'routing index'
would would identify 'official' post codes and hence satisfy those who
need/want 'address based' locations.
In this way you can optionally provide a 'partial' code which gives
accurate location information, or the 'official' code which provides
full address information (registered a central database).
This would also ensure accurate translation as even though you consider
the geolocation codes 'easily converted' I am sure that the process
would be error prone and subject quality of information source.
ie. you might provide an open post code system keeping all camps happy.
On 12/07/2011 11:41, Ian Spillane wrote:
> My tupence worth is that geolocation codes are not meant to be a
> postcode like in the UK - they are not descriptive. Areas change,
> descriptive postcode would soon become out of date. A geolocation code
> is easily converted into navigation or electoral or ward or street
> division by databases and mapping software. The post office use
> geolocation in their address database and have always said they do not
> want a UK style descriptive postcode. A postcode does not replace a
> complete address. A geolocation postcode, by definition, never has to
> be "official" - it points to a spot. If the spot is inaccurate or in
> dispute then it is no more different than someone presenting an
> incorrect, incomplete or misspelled address. At no time will someone
> need to be legally wed to a postcode. There will never need to be a
> central database. It doesn't need centralised management.
>> On 12 July 2011 11:22, Paul Scollon<paul at opensourceireland.biz> wrote:
>> Should "It makes no allowance for people living in multi-story buildings who
>> will all end up with the same post code" matter? It the point of a postcode
>> not to get the postman to the geographical location when he can then
>> reference the rest of the address eg. Joe Bloggs, Apartment A? The postcode
>> does not replace the whole address, it's just an extra field to help ease
>> the process, no?
>>>>>> On 12/07/11 11:15, Kevin Brennan wrote:
>>>>>> It makes no allowance for people living in multi-story buildings who will
>>> all end up with the same post code.
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