The government has issued its proposal for moving forward on postcodes. The report that has been prepared covers most of the bases on the issue and puts forward the different types of solution that might be possible. Michael Everson and I have been working on this area for some time, as part of our work with NSAI/ICTSCC/SC4, and we made a short submission to the working group. See also my previous blog trilogy, ‘Coding the Post‘, ‘More benefits of postcodes‘ and the culmination in ‘Regulator publishes Postcodes report‘.
Some of the issues the document touches on are:
– the benefits of the system and the problems it would address
– who would own and manage the system
– what sort of divisions the system would use
The most important thing for the working group to remember in developing this project is: think big and long-term, but to start with something simple that can be rapidly implemented to deliver immediate benefits.