Canada Post: Release Postal Codes as Open Data sets under the Open Government Licence

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Canada Post: Release Postal Codes as Open Data sets under the Open Government Licence

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Richard Pietro started this petition to Deepak Chopra (Canada Post, President and CEO)

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Canada Post sees Postal Codes as intellectual property that it licenses based on how an end-user plans on using the data. For example, the cost for access to Postal Code data ranges from $6,000 to $50,000 per year.

Article by William Wolfe-Wylie - Canada Post says they hold trademark on the words ‘postal code’

Article by Michael Geist - Canada Post Files Copyright Lawsuit Over Crowdsourced Postal Code Database

David Eaves, a public policy entrepreneur spoke to Canadaone back in 2013 about the implications of copyrighted postal codes, particularly for small businesses. "Postal code data, with the exception of GPS data in your phone, is the core infrastructure that is used in order to locate business and homes and locations. When you have it and it is freely available, everybody can build services around it."

Other jurisdictions have also come to learn that access to Postal Code data is essential in creating a more open government. For example, the UK, Norway, Japan, the U.S., and Rwanda all release their geocoded Postal Codes.

Meanwhile, Canada ranks 40th in the World on this issue.

Sign this petition and ask that Deepak Chopra, President and CEO of Canada Post, to release Postal Codes as open data sets under the Open Government Licence.

 

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