Changeset 740


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Apr 2, 2010, 3:12:06 PM (10 years ago)
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sheldon
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Update FAQ now the DATA IS FREE

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    2222<li><a href="#howToUse">So, how do I use it?</a></li>
    2323<li><a href="#code">Is the code behind the site available?</a></li>
    24 <li><a href="#codepoint">Psst, I have a copy of the codepoint database. Wanna look?</a></li>
    2524<li><a href="#otherdata">Here's another source of free postcodes</a></li>
    2625<li><a href="#codepointBusiness">Won't you drive codepoint out of business?</a></li>
     
    4140<p>There are a lot of applications on websites for being able to tell where
    4241people are from their postcode. For example "Where is my nearest
    43 B&amp;Q?". Unfortunately this data is expensive to licence (a few
    44 thousand pounds/year for a website). <a
     42B&amp;Q?". <span style="text-decoration: line-through;">Unfortunately this data is expensive to licence (a few
     43thousand pounds/year for a website)</span> - It's now under a quite free licence from <a href="http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/opendata/">OS OpenData</a>. <a
    4544href="http://www.freethepostcode.org">Free the postcode</a> are doing a
    4645good job, but it is hard to contribute to their database as you
    4746need a GPS, so they have few postcodes.</p>
    4847
    49 <p>Our goal is to collect postcode data by getting users to locate
     48<p>Our goal is to collect public domain postcode location data by getting users to locate
    5049themselves on a map of the country. They need only give the first part
    5150of their postcode, and if we can collect locations for all of these
     
    143142<a name="openstreetmap"></a>
    144143<h3>Why don't you use maps created from <a
    145 href="http://www.openstreetmap.org">OpenStreetMap</a> data?</h3>
     144href="http://www.openstreetmap.org">OpenStreetMap</a> or <a href="http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/opendata/">OS OpenData</a> data?</h3>
    146145
    147146<p>Because they are licensed under Creative Commons Share-alike
     
    151150derived work, and hence requires a licence. We don't want to be the first
    152151to prove them wrong in a court, as that will be pricy.</p>
    153 
    154 <p>Also, the OpenStreetMap maps are not yet complete enough to achieve our
    155 goal of country-wide coverage.</p>
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    239 <a name="codepoint"></a>
    240 <h3>Psst, I have a copy of the codepoint database. Wanna look?</h3>
    241 
    242 <p>No thanks, we want free data so we don't have to keep paying the nice
    243 codepoint people. </p>
    244 
    245235<a name="otherdata"></a>
    246236<h3>Here's another source of free postcodes</h3>
    247237
    248 <p>There are many unattributed postcodes sets on the web, but none others
     238<p>NEW: Don't worry, so do we. The OS has released some <a href="http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/opendata/">data for free</a> - though it's not public domain, it should be free enough for most people's uses.
     239
     240<p style="text-decoration: line-through;">There are many unattributed postcodes sets on the web, but none others
    249241(apart from freethepostcode.org, which we are already working with) which
    250242are unambiguously free. In particular there is a <a href="http://www.jibble.org/ukpostcodes/">site</a> which lots of people have pointed at. Unfortunately
     
    255247</p>
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    257 
    258 <a name="codepointBusiness"></a>
    259 <h3>Won't you drive codepoint out of business?</h3>
    260 
    261 <p>We don't think so. There are a lot of places where this level of
    262 accuracy just isn't enough. Those people will still have to pay until
    263 <a href="http://www.freethepostcode.org">Free the Postcode</a> improves
    264 its coverage.</p>
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