TitleHistorical Post Office Directory Parser (POD Parser) Software From the AddressingHistory Project
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsOsborne, Nicola, Hamilton George, and Macdonald Stuart
JournalJournal of Open Research Software
Date Published07/2014

The POD Parser is Python software for parsing the OCR’d (optical character recognised) text of digitised historical Scottish Post Office Directories (PODs) to produce a consistent structured format for the data and for geocoding each address. The software was developed as part of the AddressingHistory project which sought to combine digitised historic directories with digitised and georeferenced historic maps. The software has potential for reuse in multiple research contexts where historical post office directory data is relevant, and is therefore particularly of use in historical research into social, economic or demographic trends. The POD Parser is currently designed for use with Scottish directories but is extensible, perhaps with some adaptation, to use with other similarly formatted materials such as the English Trade Directories.