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Post Hoc — Analysing UK OSM Postbox and Post Office Data

OpenStreetMap records the location of postboxes and Post Offices using the tags amenity=post_box and amenity=post_office respectively. The Post Hoc tool provides statistics, reports and maps to compare the data in OpenStreetMap with data from Royal Mail and from Matthew Somerville's former 'Locating Postboxes' webapp. The Royal Mail Post Box data comes an FOI request. The post box list originally came from the list of Post Office locations compiled by Edward Betts from Royal Mail's Post Office Branch Finder. For further information, please see the Technical Details page.

Postbox Summary Statistics

Source Boxes Percent Updated
Royal Mail list 115485   2013‑11‑11
OSM 58798 50.9% 2016‑08‑26
OSM (matched refs) 42240 36.6% 2016‑08‑26
Dracos 62935 54.5% 2016‑04‑09

Post Office Summary Statistics

Source Branches Percent Updated
Post Office List 11721   -
OSM 8475 72.3% 2016‑08‑19
OSM (matched) 7586 64.7% 2016‑08‑19

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Local maps showing potential issues to survey

OSM Post Box Progress
View the progress of mapping all post boxes by postal area and then district. At district level a map shows a comparison between official location data from Royal Mail and current OSM data. Discrepencies are highlighted for ground surveys. Note that the official locations are © Royal Mail, and we do not have permission to use them in OSM.
Local Post Box Comparison
Enter a postal district (first half of a postcode) in the box below to view a comparison between an official Post Box list and the current OSM data. Discrepencies are highlighted for ground surveys, and a GPX file can be exported. Note that the official locations are © Royal Mail, and we do not have permission to use them in OSM.
Postal district:
Local Post Office Comparison
Enter a postal district (first half of a postcode) in the box below to view a comparison between an official Post Office list and the current OSM data. Discrepencies are highlighted for ground surveys, and a GPX file can be exported. Note that the official locations are © Post Office, and we do not have permission to use them in OSM.
Postal district:

General Postbox Reports

OSM Reference Issues
Results of various checks on the values in 'ref' fields of post box nodes on OpenStreetMap.
OSM Collection Times Issues
Postboxes with possible errors in the collection_times key.
OSM Royal Cypher Issues
Postboxes with possible errors in the royal_cypher key.
OSM Box Type Report
Report on usage of tags to describe box types.
OSM Operator Report
Report on usage of tags to describe the operator of the box.
OSM Tag Keys Report
List of all keys used on post box nodes, ordered by number of occurrences.
OSM Tag Lists
Various reports listing postboxes with specific tags defined:
Too Far Apart
List of box references found in both OSM and Dracos data, with positions that differ by a significant amount.

General Post Office Reports

OSM Post Office Suspicious Names Report
Lists nodes and ways tagged with amenity=post_office, with a name=* tag that indicates they might not be a Post Office after all.
OSM Post Office Opening Hours Issues
Lists nodes and ways tagged with amenity=post_office, with a non-standard opening_hours=* tag.
OSM Post Office Tag Keys Report
List of all keys used on post box nodes, ordered by number of occurrences.
OSM Tag Lists
Various reports listing Post Offices with specific tags defined:

Post Box League Tables

Top postal districts and users by updates to post box nodes in last 7 days.

# District Updates
1. NE10 32
2. PA20 31
3. YO25 26
4. FY4 21
5. SA19 15
6. YO62 14
7. LS1 12
# Username Updates %Ref'd
1. Yorvik Prestigitator 297 89%
2. SkaBook 52 90%
3. Hillblagger 29 90%
4. quaffer_rick 21 100%
5. robbieonsea 17 94%
6. will_p 9 100%
7. Bob Harper 8 88%

Top postal districts and users by updates to post box nodes in last 28 days.

# District Updates
1. NE65 43
2. PA20 32
3. NE10 32
4. NE32 28
5. YO25 27
6. NE33 27
7. ME17 26
8. SA19 22
9. FY4 22
10. AB39 21
11. NE31 21
12. SA9 19
13. EH51 18
14. YO61 18
# Username Updates %Ref'd
1. Yorvik Prestigitator 461 86%
2. SkaBook 176 95%
3. Hillblagger 83 95%
4. paulbiv 69 96%
5. Hobgoblin 44 93%
6. robbieonsea 32 94%
7. quaffer_rick 28 100%
8. fitzsimons 24 96%
9. tms13 21 19%
10. will_p 18 100%
11. Robert Whittaker 17 100%
12. Bob Harper 14 71%
13. Volker Fröhlich 14 71%
14. manof25 13 100%

Data derived from OpenStreetMap data, © OpenStreetMap Contributors, licensed under Open Data Commons Open Database License (ODbL). XAPI courtesy of Overpass API.