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Why Eircode is a shambles, by someone who works in the transport industry
This is full of good points.
Without having a distinct SORT KEY for a geographically distinct area, a postcode is of no real benefit to any type of transport firm or agency.  To take one example, Eircode have used the same sort key, F92, for Arranmore (Donegal’s largest inhabited island) and the north western Donegal mainland.  Cill Rónáin, Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands, has the same sort key H91, as Connemara and Galway City.  Galway city and the Aran Islands may be in a relatively small geographical area, but keen eyes may have noticed that the Aran Islands are separated from the mainland by a small section of the Atlantic Ocean.  Sort codes which ignore clear and obvious boundaries, like seas or oceans, need to be redesigned. In two seconds a [UK] website could tell a Hebridean that his delivery will take 4 days at a cost of fifty quid by using the first three characters of the postcode.  The Eircode-using Irish equivalent website would need to lookup a large database to tell an Arranmore resident the cost and time for delivery – and they’d need the full exact code.  Any mistake made here, and your estimated delivery time, and cost for delivery will be wrong.
postcodes  eircode  loc8code  fail  couriers  delivery  geodata  geocoding  galway  aran-islands 
january 2016 by jm
Code-Point Open
The UK Ordnance Survey's "open data' free product, free for all uses:
Code-Point Open is FREE to view, download and use for commercial, educational and personal purposes.


(via Antoin)
via:antoin  postcodes  mapping  open-data  ordnance-survey  uk  gb  royal-mail  maps 
july 2015 by jm
DRI’s Unchanged Position on Eircode
'Broadly, they are satisfied with what we are doing'

versus:

'We have deep concerns about the Eircode initiative… We want to state clearly that we are not at all ‘satisfied’ with the postcode that has been designed or the implementation proposals.'
dri  ireland  eircode  postcodes  privacy  data-protection  quotes  misrepresentation 
january 2015 by jm
Group warns of postcode project dangers | Irish Examiner
“We have spoken to the National Consumer Agency, logistics companies and Digital Rights Ireland, with which we have had an indepth conversation to see if there is anything in the proposal that might be considered to have an impact on anyone’s privacy. Broadly, they are satisfied with what we are doing,” [Patricia Cronin, head of the Department of Communications’ postcodes division] told the committee.

However in his letter, [DRI's] O’Lachtnain said the group “want to state clearly that we are not at all ‘satisfied’ with the postcode that has been designed or the implementation proposals”.


Some nerve!
dri  nca  privacy  patricia-cronin  goverment  postcodes  eircode  dpc  ireland 
january 2015 by jm
Eircode postcodes will cost lives, warn emergency workers
A group representing frontline emergency staff has warned lives will be lost unless the Government reverses its decision on a new national postcode system due to be rolled out next spring.

John Kidd, chairman of the Irish Fire and Emergency Services Association, said the “mainly random nature” of the Eircode system would mean errors by users would go unnoticed, as well as cause confusion and may be “catastrophic” in terms of sending services to the wrong location.

[....]

Neil McDonnell, general manager of the Freight Transport Association Ireland, said he understood Mr Kidd’s concerns. “Take, for example, two adjacent houses in Glasnevin, Dublin,” said Mr McDonnell. “One could be D11 ZXQ8, the other one D11 67TR. The four-character unique identifier is completely random, with no sequence or algorithm linking one house to the other.”
eircode  fail  postcodes  ireland  geo  location  gps  emergency 
october 2014 by jm
Postcodes at last but random numbers don’t address efficiency
Karlin Lillington assembles a fine collection of quotes from various sources panning the new Eircode system:
Critics say the opportunity has been missed to use Ireland’s clean-slate status to produce a technologically innovative postcode system that would be at the cutting edge globally; similar to the competitive leap that was provided when the State switched to a digital phone network in the 1980s, well ahead of most of the world.
Instead, say organisations such as the Freight Transport Association of Ireland (FTAI), the proposed seven-digit format of scrambled letters and numbers is almost useless for a business sector that should most benefit from a proper postcode system: transport and delivery companies, from international giants like FedEx and UPS down to local courier, delivery and service supplier firms.
Because each postcode will reveal the exact address of a home or business, privacy advocates are concerned that online use of postcodes could link many types of internet activity, including potentially sensitive online searches, to a specific household or business.
eircode  government  fail  ireland  postcodes  location  ftai  random 
september 2014 by jm
OpenPostCode demolishes the planned "Eircode" postcode system
Comprehensively ripped to shreds. Bottom line: 'Postcodes will be largely meaningless to anyone without access to the pay-walled database. It is another tax on business.'
postcodes  ireland  eircode  addressing  geocoding  mapping  maps  open-data 
april 2014 by jm
Eircode
'Location Codes for Irish Addresses'. Looks like, as expected, this will not have no-cost licensing terms; companies and non-profit orgs will all have to pay Capita Business Support Services Ireland for access. boo.
eircode  mapping  addressing  geocoding  ireland  open-source  licensing  postcodes 
april 2014 by jm

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