[okfn-labs] opening up what3words
willi.uebelherr at gmail.com
Mon May 18 23:13:30 UTC 2015
thank you for this information. But i don't understand, why they make
this big theater with secret?
What is Eircode?
The first three characters of each Eircode, called the “Routing Key”,
are designed to benefit the parcel/postal industry. It is not directly
linked to counties, towns, or geographic features.
The second part of the Eircode, called the “Unique Identifier,” is
comprised of four characters drawn from a carefully selected set of
letters and numbers that identify each individual address.
In late 2013, the Department of Communications, Energy & Natural
Resources awarded the “Postcode Management License Holder” (PMLH)
contract to Capita Business Support Services Ireland. The PMLH contract
will operate under the trading name Eircode. Our company is based in
Maynooth, Co. Kildare with some initial start-up work based in Dublin
If you would like to find out more about Capita Ireland, please visit
our corporate site at www.capita.ie
I ask you? How it works? For what is the routing key? How they define
the house/appartment key?
No, we need an open method with an open algorithm. And remember, we are
here in the okfn-labs maillist. And okfn is "open knowledge foundation".
Is that truth? We don't need any company with their private interests.
We can do it self.
many greetings, willi
Am 18-May-15 um 19:43 schrieb Eoin Sharkey:
> A propos the general point about what3words, I am from Ireland (which has no
> postcode system at to date) and live for a long time in the UK
> (co-incidentally rather near Maidenhead).
> When my parents visited last week they told me about a proposal to introduce
> a new 'super-postcode' which actually defines every address in the country :
> Eircode : http://www.eircode.ie/residential/overview
> The guy blogging over here (http://mapscribbles.blogspot.co.uk/ ) doesn't
> think much of Eircode, and perhaps of interest in the what3words discussion
> is particularly down on
> - the proprietary nature of the API
> - the non-hierarchical nature of the coding
> Both features also of the (admittedly global ! not just 1 small country)
> what3words system.
> He also makes some interesting suggestions about alternatives including an
> open source one OpenPostcode (apparently implemented n Yemen) and some
> proprietary ones :
> I feel rather sad, as an Irish person that the state seems to have messed up
> the introduction of a postcode system so badly. It is not just the
> 'non-open' nature of the system but the inelegance of their solution which
> is so sad.
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