Ireland's open postcode system
- "There is no indication of anything historic nor unique nor 'design leaping' in the description of this code. It is described in the FAQs as an arbitrary code assigned to mailing-addresses by a database. The Yemen, by comparison, has already broken ground as the world's first real geolocation, free, open, and smart postcode (mefso.org).
- In a time when the UK have gone to the effort to overcome their code's awkwardness and open up the postcode database to everyone (www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/business-and-government/products/code-point-open.html), the government here is introducing a closed postcode database.
- Based on a database the entire system will be expensive, unavailable to developers, small businesses, organisations, state institutions, academic research, and non-profits without prohibitive licensing costs."
I really hope this isn't all true.