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Royal Mail Pinpoint

Posted by Pink Duck on 18 July 2012 in English (English)

It looks as though Royal Mail are aiming to obtain latitude, longitude and elevation data for every deliverable address in the UK.

http://www.royalmail.com/customer-service/pinpoint-positional-data-capture

Tectonic drift

Posted by Pink Duck on 11 June 2010 in English (English)

It bothers me that imports of UK OS OpenData into WGS84 might mean that each year those points drift out of sync of real locations by 2.5 cm north-eastwards. Not only that but the further back in time the further out OSM data could be. I don't know if this has been considered or corrected for. Additionally OSM has no true way of knowing the WGS84 epoch of a co-ordinate, for the uploaded API changes occur at some arbitrary point in the future after survey. The uploaded GPX traces can be without timestamps and thus unknown drift also. Ordnance Survey use ETRS89 and ETRF89 datums to correct for plate tectonic movement. Is that what happens to UK co-ordinates stored by OSM?

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