Great to see a little bit of humour applied the the serious stuff of freeing up Government Data. ernestmarples.com, is a project which is making available via an API the Post Office Address (PAF) file. I wonder how the Post Office will respond to this piece of civic minded provocation.
There is no doubt that the postcode is off massive value for building local websites and all things Geo in the UK, as it is key to geocoding many other datasets.
In parallel to the more public debate about OS mapping data, you could argue that making the postcode freely available would have a much greater impact as it’s potential use is more widespread than mapping.
The problem is the Post Office recognise its value and change extortionate fess for people to use it, especially online.
Lets hope this site does not go the way of it’s namesake, the real Ernest Marples escaped to Monaco pursued by the Inland Revenue and Scotland Yard !