I agree. But routing tools are another matter. In fact I can enter
coordinates in my Garmin already it will plot me a route. The boundaries of
any district or division can easily be plotted against geolocation codes and
a simple database of regular areas would return results on a very
straightforward query - something UK postcodes can't do with a complete list
of postcodes and addresses in a large database.
The current tools online demonstrate a lot already:
http://tinyurl.com/openpostcodegoogle and for instance
The code is now mathematically the most accurate in the country, compatible
with UK codes in Northern Ireland, has no numerical only codes, and any
accidentally spelled words.
And of course I don't have to tell anyone here how important opensource is
when thinking about postcodes.
On 26 July 2011 13:24, Kevin Lyda <kevin at ie.suberic.net> wrote:
> I understand that. However an open source tool for sorting these
> codes into separate piles based on a configurable block of codes would
> likely be useful.
>> Say I want all postcodes on Foo St, Ballygobackwards. Or I want all
> the postcodes within a specific parish. Or all postcodes in a given
> electoral constituency.
>> Or I'm one of those courier companies and I know a route covers six
> major roads and I want to sort all packages that are on those roads or
> on a number of side streets.
>> If there were tools like that which you could demonstrate, then I
> think you'd get a lot more interest from people.
>> I like it - and I have more hope that
> Co. Galway HBBR-48D-N
>> will be found that w/o a post code. I just think if tools that help
> delivery companies show up than it will be easier to make this happen.
>> On Tue, Jul 26, 2011 at 12:08, Ian Spillane <iantheteacher at gmail.com>
> > Fact is that modern post office sorting has long since gone beyond such
> > sorting and the post office here use a geolocation database for sorting -
> > besides, routes change; and while the post office are happy with their
> > internal database it would be useful for every other courier, supplier,
> > tradesman, emergency service to have a location code.
> > On 26 July 2011 11:48, Kevin Lyda <kevin at ie.suberic.net> wrote:
> >> On Sun, Jul 17, 2011 at 13:32, Ian Spillane <iantheteacher at gmail.com>
> >> wrote:
> >> > Good news: a new interactive map is available for mapping and
> >> > generating OpenPostcodes:
> >> I followed this thread for a while, but failed to comment due to
> >> travelling. I'm curious though about why you want to tie in GPS with
> >> a post code system. I get that it solves the problem of allocation,
> >> but at least in the States postal codes were related to the routes the
> >> post office used to deliver mail.
> >> That doesn't preclude using a GPS based allocation, but having tools
> >> to sort arbitrary blocks of postal codes would be a requirement for a
> >> postal service.
> >> Kevin
> >> --
> >> Kevin Lyda
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