On Mon, Oct 27, 2003 at 10:43:34AM +0000, Kate L Pugh wrote:
> What are you planning to do with the data?
On Mon 27 Oct 2003, David Cantrell <david(a)cantrell.org.uk> wrote:
Right now? Not a lot. With enough data, it would
enable people to do
things like list all the FOOs within N distance of place M, given the
addresses of M and the FOOs.
OK, but the problem with the data attribution (see below) would need
to be solved before I'd consider relying on this for any application I
was involved with writing.
> How are you going to prove that you didn't
nick it from streetmap?
Streetmap are as welcome to look at the source code as
But that doesn't prove anything about where the data came from. If
Streetmap - or anyone else who licenses postcode data - can make a
convincing case that some of the data in your collection was harvested
from their site, then you run the risk of not being allowed to
distribute *any* of your carefully-collected data. And then any
applications which depend on your data will break.
The real reason I did this is because people talked
about it [...]
but no-one DID anything.
People who have thought about this kind of thing fairly carefully
include blech, jerakeen and Chris Heathcote. I'd recommend you have a
chat to at least one of those people if you plan to put much effort
into this project.
The direction I am going in is the one you and others suggested on
london-pm - the simple consideration that things in SW6 are going to
be fairly close to things in SW6 6LA. If CGI::Wiki's tests hadn't
been designed by someone with bananas for brains (ie me) then this
would be done by now.
PS - I'm sure you know this, but postcodes do change.