Royal Mail has a trial of its addressing lookup software...
The trial download is only 15Mb and takes seconds to download and install. It contains addresses in the BN2 Postcode area and the product is a fully functional version of … read more
Access to free PAF sample data
In May, the Royal Mail Address Management Unit launched a new service whereby developers and programmers could download sample address data from the Postcode Address File (PAF) for free. Initially, software developers have been able to download all address and postcode records from the Plymouth (PL) Postcode Area in CSV format. To date, 161 developers have registered and downloaded the PAF sample data from www.poweredbypaf.com/developer
All of the developers have been contacted shortly after downloading their data to ensure that they have found it easy to register and access the data and to understand how they intend to use the data itself. The feedback from the developers has been very positive and we are pleased that they are finding our process so straightforward. The developers have also given us some good suggestions about what other address and postcode datasets they would be interested in using as part of their software development activity.
Widening access to address management sample data
We are currently looking at how we can provide software developers and programmers with greater access to our range of address management datasets. Our intentions are three fold:
We hope to be able to provide access to these additional sample datasets before the end of 2012.