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 16 July 2008

Postal Address Files

Posted in: Royal Mail | Mapping              

11 Supporters so far - add your name

Posted by: Neil Houston

Public Sector Information Holder: Royal Mail Group

Information Asset: Postal Address Files

The problem

Historically UK citizens have not been able to access information pertaining to the UK postcode system, such as the mapping of these to the areas/co-ordinates they bound.

My ideal solution

Ideally the PAF main file available to download, this contains location information and then can be used in conjunction with OS Mapping etc. The royal mail do have this information available, but to date have not released it. If it could be released under some form of license, such as disallowing companies to utilise it (and therefore not affecting their sales of the PAF) then perhaps we will end with a happy compromise.

What I would do

It would be a resource for all, to allow them to provide more detail location information/context and surroundings of their areas.

Posted at Wednesday, 16 July 2008 18:50:51 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  Comments [0] #   

 12 July 2008

Post Office name, address and opening times

Posted in: Royal Mail              

2 Supporters so far - add your name

Posted by: Julian Burgess, Opening Times

Public Sector Information Holder: Royal Mail Group

Information Asset: Post Office name, address and opening times

The problem

The Royal Mail provide a branch finder for information on the individual branches, however they won't provide a complete list. The did however confirm that the information is open for reuse: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/address_and_opening_times_of_pos

My ideal solution

A database readable file of every branch with opening times and ideally other information such as number of kiosk windows.

What I would do

I would use the information to show people the nearest Post Office branch which is open now.

Posted at Saturday, 12 July 2008 11:26:50 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  Comments [2] #