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Northern Ireland Postcodes

This is a discussion on Northern Ireland Postcodes within the MapPoint Desktop Discussion forums, part of the Map Forums category; I know this has proberly been discussed already, but am still confussed!! I cant seem to get Northern Ireland Postcodes ...

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    Bagstar is offline Junior Member White Belt
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    Northern Ireland Postcodes

    I know this has proberly been discussed already, but am still confussed!!

    I cant seem to get Northern Ireland Postcodes to match...any help would be gratefully recieved

    Its the same for Channel Islands and Isle of Man

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    Re: Northern Ireland Postcodes

    Most post code databases (including those from the Ordnance Survey!) lack certain post codes. Common ones that are missing include things like the Girobank (or whatever it is called these days), Belfast (ie. Northern Ireland), the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands.

    Sometimes the Orkneys, Shetlands, and parts of the Hebrides might be missing. (the OS usually ship these)

    Note that the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands are not full members of the UK - they are essentially protectorates (technically Bailiwicks). Yes this doesn't explain Northern Ireland, but Northern Ireland has always been a special case in just about everything.

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    Re: Northern Ireland Postcodes

    its mapped orkneys, shetlands and hebrides...just a bit annoying seeing as i need northern ireland mapped.

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    Re: Northern Ireland Postcodes

    When you say mapped, what are you looking for? eg shaded postcode sectors, symbols within postcode sectors etc
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    Re: Northern Ireland Postcodes

    yeah shaded postcode sectors, territories etc

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    Re: Northern Ireland Postcodes

    In that case I don't think there's much you can do using MP. When I've done mapping in NI I usually use symbols (eg, coloured circles, proportional circles etc) plotted at the postcode sector centroids. Incidentally I think you can do address-finding in NI, so there is postcode data built into the package but unfortunately not the boundaries that you need.
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    Re: Northern Ireland Postcodes

    Mappoint 2004 knows almost nothing about NI. Main roads is about all. 2009 is better on roads but it is in 2 minds regarding postcodes. It will geolocate a full NI postcode. But it doesn't understand the Postcode Districts. E.g. ask it where BT42 4RJ is and it will tell you, ask it where BT42 is and it hasn't a clue.

    PS I have had recent success geolocating NI Postcodes in Mappoint 2004, so it knows more than I thought, although the locations were often located on a blank section of map with nothing but the occasional village name. No good for Routing which is what I was trying to do last time.
    Last edited by nickhoare; 06-05-2009 at 05:56 AM. Reason: Further experience?

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