We got a chance to talk to members of Karnataka Philatelic Society about OpenPostBox. They are very interesting set of people. They have also started sending me the postbox pictures using WhatsApp along with location. Now I need to find an efficient way to extract them and insert into my database.
As of now I am thinking of Export -> Parse -> Insert. Working on it. If you have any ideas do email me.
Details of the meet are on my personal blog if you like to read.
Last week at GeoBLR we discussed the issues around PIN codes. The most important questions were around the processes the postal system and also what are the issues around the availability of reliable spatial data.
Couple of weeks back, Nisha and I started putting together several questions that we would like to get insights on. We used that as the starting point for the discussions. The meat of the problem really is that nobody knows what the processes are and how to get that information.
Prior to GeoBLR, we met some people who are interested in the same issue and clarified a lot of things – for instance, we are now sure that some times a single post office can deal with more than one PIN code.
To get a sense how people felt about the PIN codes issues, we asked around. Some people don’t bother to use PIN codes for any substantial service other than sending post cards. As long as we are not able to tie PIN codes to geographic locations reliably, it’s not so useful. Everybody agrees that it has immense potential just because it’s the only part of the address that everybody gets right (most of the time).
We also started to brainstorm how to come up with a plan so that a group like ours along with several other partners could work together to attempt to crowdsource the issue. Read more about the plan and next steps here!