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2layout: post
3title: No, really...
4date: '2006-11-22 10:01:00 +0000'
5mt_id: 168
6blog_id: 4
7post_id: 168
8basename: no_really
9author: 'David Sheldon'
10---
11<p>
12Sorry for that lack of updates here. We do have jobs and lives outside this site I'm afraid.
13</p>
14
15<p>
16Last time we thought we were doing well at just over 1000 postcodes. Now we have 10000!
17</p>
18
19<p>
20This is thanks to publicity from <a
21href="http://technology.guardian.co.uk/weekly/story/0,,1936557,00.html">The Guardian</a> and <a
22href="http://www.boingboing.net/2006/11/19/help_build_a_public_.html">BoingBoing</a> among others.
23</p>
24
25<p>
26Progress towards collecting a complete set of outward parts is very good.
2777% is actually most of the postcodes in England and Wales. It turns out that
28the list that we generated the <a
29href="http://www.npemap.org.uk/stats/missing_district_stats.html">list of missing postcodes</a>
30from was not very accurate &mdash; we are probably very nearly there.
31</p>
32
33<p>
34I guess our next goal will be the complete set of outward and the
35number from the inward part, which we seem to be nearly half way
36towards. This will allow us to achieve accuracy across the whole country
37of a mile or so for pinpointing any location.
38</p>
39
40<p>
41Thank you to everyone that has helped create our data, and do <a
42href="mailto:webmaster@npemap.org.uk">email us</a> if you are using our
43data so we can share your story on the website (though no
44guarantees).
45</p>
46
47<p>
48<b>Coming soon:</b> An API that allows you to query the location of a
49postcode using our database.
50</p>
51
52<p>
53<b>Latest news on Scotland and Northern Ireland:</b>
54We have some maps but nothing scanned. The Popular
55Edition maps are going to be hard to orthorectify as they don't have any
56national grid lines on them. The War office editions have the gridlines
57over-printed, but not parallel with the edges of the maps, and the 7th
58edition maps are not going out of copyright for another 3-5 years. We
59still have no maps of Northern Ireland apart from our really low-res
60ones.
61</p>
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