Postcodes have been the backbone of UK addressing for many years and remain the most commonly used geographical reference for properties. Whilst it provides an estimate of a property's location it's notoriously inexact and leads to huge wastage in time, resources and occasionally lives, especially in rural areas.
Companies, Councils and Government hold other, often inaccurate or out-of-date data about properties and their residents and other details which is guarded and traded as a commodity.
The Hashpoint Project returns control of the data relating to your property to the resident. You simply register your property and we assign a single letter to your property called a Hashpoint. This letter, combined with the postcode, provides an easily remembered code that describes the exact location of your front door in a public freely accessible database.
The initial registration requires only an email address to validate the registration. This is always private and never shared. In this situation, it's completely anonymous being only a postcode and an additional letter.
If you wish to provide more information you are free to do so, it's entirely up to you. You can include your postal address, residents names, phone numbers, delivery instructions even additional exact points to specify access and parking etc. This information will be public.
There are 3 levels of validation we use to ensure the information we hold is provided by the properties owner / resident.
The DOC level of each address is available to users when searching for properties so they can gauge how reliable the data is.
The aim of the project is to provide help for GP practices and related local services, and to facilitate local trade and commerce. As the main benefits are associated with local visits and deliveries it was decided to run a field study within the Forest of Dean constituency.
The location and resident data stored is publically available under the terms of the Collective Commons 4.0 Non-Commercial license. This means that it is permenently available in a complete form to individuals, local services and companies who wishes to use it. It can't, however, be repackaged by companies and sold. The license is best described as 'free at the point of use'. Users have the option to update or permanently remove their data at any time.
As it grows nationally there will be an ongoing cost of developing and hostiong the platform. As we are contractually commited to keep the data freely accessable, two funding sources are envisaged.
1. Opt-in Marketing
Registered and validated users can opt-in to marketing lists for a variety of goods and services. This information is not included in the public data and can thus be offered to relevant organisations as a premium service.
The benefit to a wide-ranging group of companies of access to accurate property position data is very significant. Our intention is to pursue partnerships with those organisations, local councils and goventment to help fund the project as it scales.