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Frequently Asked Questions

What are Points of Interest?

Points of Interest are features that people may wish to visit or know the location of. These features can range from tourist attractions, businesses, public buildings, service provision, retail outlets and leisure facilities to landscape features. These can be grouped into features that typically have an address as is the case for shops, schools, hotels and restaurants and those that are typically non addressable as are lakes, car parks, telephone boxes, cattle grids, public toilets and letter boxes. Each feature is classified and allocated a geocode allowing users to know "what is where".
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How can I use Points of Interest?

PointX has developed a Points of Interest database that provides essential information for businesses delivering location based services as well as users in central government, local authorities, emergency services, academia and the commercial sector. Points of Interest data can be used in a wide variety of applications such as driver routing, navigation, spatial analysis, logistics and map publishing.
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What services does PointX offer?

PointX aims to provide the most comprehensive, consistent and current Points of Interest data for Great Britain. This powerful index of geocoded business and feature names brings together information from organisations in both the public and private sectors and contains links to the rich seams of information they hold. PointX's business model focuses on providing high quality Points of Interest data, leaving other organisations to develop applications and services.
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Who is PointX?

PointX is a joint venture company owned by the Ordnance Survey and Landmark Information Group. It was formed in March 2001 after an open competition in which Ordnance Survey sought partners to help it build a Points of Interest database. The PointX team is based in Exeter and includes staff from both partner companies.
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Which parts of the country does PointX cover?

PointX provides Points of Interest data for Great Britain. Customers can choose from a menu of geographic areas including England, Scotland, Wales and the 9 Government Office Regions (also known as Regional Development Areas and European Electoral Regions). Other standard or bespoke areas are also available on request subject to minimum order values.
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What is the Product Specification?

Details of the specification can be found on the Technical Specification page.
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How well positioned is the data?

Where possible PointX will have assigned coordinates for the feature that fall within itís real world footprint. In some instances it has not been possible to locate the feature precisely so the reported coordinates will be in the same street or geographic locality of the feature. The Positional Accuracy Code reported for each feature indicates the confidence that we believe the coordinates relate to. For nearly all types of feature Version 2 will only contain those where PointX have been able to report them with a Positional Accuracy Code indicating they are to the address/location or adjacent to the address/location. However Cash Machines and Public Payphones records with a street or geographic locality level can and will be reported.
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Will the data be updated regularly?

PointX is continually updating its database as new information becomes available. Updates are supplied quarterly as standard but more frequent updates can be arranged on request if required.
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How is the data supplied?

The data is supplied as pipe | delimited ASCII text files on CD as standard however other file formats and media can be provided by agreement with our distributor.
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Can I obtain Sample Data?

You can download a Version 2 sample dataset with more than 5000 records covering part of Exeter. Simply link to Sample Data to register your details and obtain a username and password.
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How do I buy PointX data?

PointX do not sell data direct to end users however PointX data can either be purchased from our distributor or one of our value added resellers. For more information please Click here.
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What are the licensing arrangements?

The licence for End-Users may be for a period of 1,2 or 3 years with quarterly updates as standard. Licences are available for internal business use, Internet and Mobile applications as well as paper-based publishing. The licence fee is calculated on the number of categories of Points of Interest selected and how many users are required. The PointX database contains over 3 million individual Points of Interest arranged into convenient categories; details can be found at the Classification Scheme page. Customers can choose data by category and geographic area subject to a minimum order value.
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Can I incorporate Points of Interest in a commercial service or application?

PointX can licence the data to companies wishing to provide commercial services subject to agreeing an appropriate business model. Please contact us or our distributor to discuss. Click here
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Do I need to obtain mapping separately?

Yes, if you wish to use PointX data in an application that displays it against mapping. PointX does not in itself supply mapping or aerial photography backdrops against which to display its data, however, these services are offered by our Distributor and value added resellers who would be happy to discuss any requirements
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Can PointX supply additional information?

In the short-term, PointX will only be providing data as specified. Future enhancements and developments will depend on market requirements and your feedback is always welcome.
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How does Version 2 data differ from what was supplied in Version 1 data?

In Version 2 data PointX have tried to report a single instance for each feature or specific activity at a location. De-duplication routines have been devised to facilitate this reporting and enhancements have been incorporated to better report the features in question. Where a data holding for a type of feature is known to not contain duplicates, all records can be reported regardless of their Positional accuracy assignment (eg as is the case for Cash Machines or Public Payphones) however where duplication is known to exist only those features located to an address or location or an adjacent address or location can be reported. Version 1 data, containing duplicates, ceased to be available from December 2004. Additionally Version 2 data available from December 2005 reports address information as provided by suppliers when PointX has been unable produce a verified address and the status of the address reported is given by the “Verified Address” field.
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Can the PointX data be used for Marketing Purposes?

Absolutely not. PointX data is not licensed to be used for any direct marketing purposes (telephone or mail) as this would contravene the agreements it has with its own suppliers.
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Are telephone numbers available?

Telephone numbers are available, however this may only be supplied to central and local government offices. Commercial organisations wishing to use the PointX data will not receive the telephone number field.
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What is a Verified Address?

A verified address is one where PointX have been able to match the address provided against structured Ordnance Survey address data. This means that the address reported conforms to the ordering, spelling and structuring used in this reference address data. Although for reported non-verified address information PointX has attempted to structure the information supplied no guarantee can be given as to the content, order or structuring of what is being reported.
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What Data suppliers provide data to PointX?

PointX sources information it reports from a range of authoritative suppliers. Numbering over 170 these include the Ordnance Survey, Market Locations (who are replacing Thomson Directories between 2008 and 2010 in a phased program), Department for Transport, Transport for London, Police, Fire and Ambulance Authorities, Education Authorities, Royal Mail, Visit Britain, LINK Interchange Network, The Court Service, UK Payphone Directory, Little Chef, National Trust for Scotland, National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux to name but a few. A fuller breakdown of these suppliers and how their data is used is available to PointX customers.
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Is there information to help users get more from the PointX classification system?

Documentation has been produced which gives a breakdown of what types of information are included in each PointX class along with some of the common brand names in the class. This will help users see where particular types of business or feature will be reported. Mappings in to the Local Government Business Category List (version 1.00), and to SIC 2003 and SIC 2007, from the PointX classification system are also available.
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Why is the Classification Scheme changing to Version 3 and what are the differences?

PointX is continuously monitoring the data it receives from its suppliers to see how changes in the world around us, and the inclusion of any new suppliers of data, affects our ability to report this appropriately within the PointX schema. We have tried to minimise changes to the schema for user convenience previously however a point has been reached where the change in suppliers used, and the activities we report from December 2010, will be sufficiently different to warrant a classification schema update. Version 3 of the schema is very similar to Version 2 and where possible we have kept things the same. A few new classes have been created, some redundant ones have been removed, some have been renamed and a few moved. The 3 tiered structure remains the same with no changes at Group level however to prevent customers getting some heavily populated classes in categories where this information might not be their main interest we have created some new categories to house these large classes where we can and renamed a few. Existing customers should already have received documentation outlining the changes and this documentation will also be included in the December 2010 order.
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What extra information will be potentially reported as standard for each PointX record from December 2010?

In order to provide even more information on a feature PointX is changing the fields it reports for each record. All records will have the fields although initially only certain records are likely to have all these fields populated. Over time more information will be included in these fields as appropriate. The new fields will provide information on where the record is in relation to the Ordnance Survey's Integrated Transport Network (ITN) road network (populated for all records initially), the Geographic county it sits in (populated for all records initially), branding information (only a few major brands initially) and other supplementary information, such as SMS numbers for Bus Stops or Religious denomination for Places of Worship, through a pair of Qualifier fields. For more information on the new fields PointX will be reporting please refer to the Products page or Contact us.
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Are there any case studies available?

PointX data is being used by a wide range of customers in different application areas. Please look in the Case Studies section to view these.
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For further information please contact us on +44 (0) 3300 366 011 or complete the Feedback Form.