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3title: No, really...
4date: '2006-11-22 10:01:00 +0000'
5mt_id: 168
6blog_id: 4
7post_id: 168
8basename: no_really
9---
10<p>
11Sorry for that lack of updates here. We do have jobs and lives outside this site I'm afraid.
12</p>
13
14<p>
15Last time we thought we were doing well at just over 1000 postcodes. Now we have 10000!
16</p>
17
18<p>
19This is thanks to publicity from <a
20href="http://technology.guardian.co.uk/weekly/story/0,,1936557,00.html">The Guardian</a> and <a
21href="http://www.boingboing.net/2006/11/19/help_build_a_public_.html">BoingBoing</a> among others.
22</p>
23
24<p>
25Progress towards collecting a complete set of outward parts is very good.
2677% is actually most of the postcodes in England and Wales. It turns out that
27the list that we generated the <a
28href="http://www.npemap.org.uk/stats/missing_district_stats.html">list of missing postcodes</a>
29from was not very accurate &mdash; we are probably very nearly there.
30</p>
31
32<p>
33I guess our next goal will be the complete set of outward and the
34number from the inward part, which we seem to be nearly half way
35towards. This will allow us to achieve accuracy across the whole country
36of a mile or so for pinpointing any location.
37</p>
38
39<p>
40Thank you to everyone that has helped create our data, and do <a
41href="mailto:webmaster@npemap.org.uk">email us</a> if you are using our
42data so we can share your story on the website (though no
43guarantees).
44</p>
45
46<p>
47<b>Coming soon:</b> An API that allows you to query the location of a
48postcode using our database.
49</p>
50
51<p>
52<b>Latest news on Scotland and Northern Ireland:</b>
53We have some maps but nothing scanned. The Popular
54Edition maps are going to be hard to orthorectify as they don't have any
55national grid lines on them. The War office editions have the gridlines
56over-printed, but not parallel with the edges of the maps, and the 7th
57edition maps are not going out of copyright for another 3-5 years. We
58still have no maps of Northern Ireland apart from our really low-res
59ones.
60</p>
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