|The Postcode Address File doesn't work all the time.|
RT @drbobbarr: URGENT If you don't want to be charged 4 UK addresses and postcodes forever don't let PAF monopoly be privatised. #OpenPAFnow
— Tim Berners-Lee (@timberners_lee) March 21, 2013
Postcode address file (PAF) to remain as state monopoly bit.ly/11naOao. The value destruction of PAF starts here...
— Jonathan Raper (@MadProf) April 22, 2013
Everyone's postcodes to be privatised in Royal Mail flotation, despite objections from Sir Tim Berners-Lee: Telegraph soa.li/Gt75z0dNaturally this has led to discussion on twitter as to whether one can create a fully open alternative to PAF.
— Robert Barr (@DrBobBarr) April 19, 2013
The rest of this post is probably mainly of interest to mappers and OpenData advocates in the UK. To the outside world UK OpenStreetMappers seem to be oddly obsessed with postcodes. I hope some of the reasons for this may become apparent from this post.