"I will upgrade freethepostcode.org to allow postcodes from other countries, allow other coordinate systems (like National Grid) and write a europe-wide geocoder based on this Free data but only if 15 other people will enter 40 postcodes over the next year OR do the translations OR give 10 pounds."
— Steve Coast, agitator
Deadline to sign up by: 1st April 2006
9 people signed up, 6 more were needed
www.freethepostcode.org is a website which generates free postcode data in the UK. That is, it knows the latitude and longitude of a postcode and back again because someone recorded that data with a GPS and submitted it. It's been created because the postcode data owned by Royal Mail is extremely expensive. Other coutries in Europe have the same problem.
I started the project and will upgrade it if enough people commit to one of either entering 40 postcodes over the next year (less than one a week!), or writing the translations in to their language (from English) or giving 10 pounds for the project.
The upgrades will include allowing input in other coordinate systems such as National Grid (OSGB36), allowing different countries postcodes to be entered and creating a geocoder for the data so that other sites may use it.
www.freethepostcode.org is a sister project of www.openstreetmap.org