UPRN/ Gazeteer data, Postal Address File
ODUG developing business case
This data request has been included in the work ODUG is undertaking on a National Address Dataset. For further information, please see http://data.gov.uk/blog/national-address-dataset-benefits
Data request description:
Unique property reference number, and post code(s) are very important data assets (persistent identifiers) when it comes to empowering individuals to take more interest in their personal data, and data about them, and ultimately benefit from doing so. Both are locked up behind barriers created by history, and/ or failure to account for the impact of opening them up.
The data is available but the licensing terms are too restrictive
The concept of data about my property being accessible to me was not a possibility when these data-sets were created; but this is very much a possibility now - as noted by World Economic Forum and many others noting the emergence of professional grade information services being run 'for people' rather than 'on people'. The licensing terms around each of the above data-sets does not acknowledge the individual as at least a participant in the eco-system that emerges around each persistent identifier. And yet if I had a penny for each time I had to 'just enter your postcode', I could probably licence the data-set for my use many times over.
Unfortunately, due to client confidentiality requirements, I cannot post the full details of our use cases online, but am happy to describe in more detail in a meeting or phone call. Suffice to say, that in the world of personal data services, I need to tick both boxes, i.e. the ultimate use of the data attributes is by an individual, and these are provided to them as part of a service provided by a business.
Allfiled builds personal data services for large organisations and entrepreneurs who wish to enter this emerging space. We have two large existing clients with upcoming launches, both of which are hindered commercially and functionally by not being able to put these data-sets into the hands of individuals at no or very low cost. The business case for opening these is very significant, and aligns well with both business growth, cost reduction agenda's. This extends well beyond the two immediate client cases, into the many and varied further personal data services and applications that would leverage these data assets if they were accessible.