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Baby MPS File last modified: 23/10/2017 01:00 (31,574 records)

Technical specification for file formats

The Baby MPS file will contain name and address, we will not be providing cancelled names, only active suppression data.
There are two data file formats - Fixed format and Ascii Comma Delimited.

The file layouts are illustrated below.

Position Length Content
1 - 8 8 Expected Arrival Date of Baby (ddmmccyy)
9 - 16 8 Date and Time of Registration (ddmmccyy)
17 - 31 15 Prefix
32 - 56 25 Forename / Initials
57 - 81 25 Surname
82 - 113 32 Address Line 1
114 - 145 32 Address Line 2
146 - 177 32 Address Line 3
178 - 209 32 Town
210 - 241 32 County
242 - 249 8 Postcode

Media Types
SFTP Access - For more information: click here

The full database can also be downloaded via SFTP. If you have subscribed to receive the full downloads, you can follow the instructions below to download the MPS database in compressed or uncompressed format, Fixed or Comma Delimited.

  1. SFTP to ftp.mpsonline.org.uk or ftp.mps-online.org.uk and type in your username and password when prompted.
  2. You can retrieve the readme.txt document found in your home directory, which will describe the files available for download.
  3. The table below describes the full database files that you can retrieve and their location.
Subdirectory Filenames Description

 

 

/bmps

bmps_fxd.dat Full uncompressed baby MPS database in fixed format.
bmps_fxd.zip Full compressed baby MPS database in fixed format
bmps_csv.dat Full uncompressed baby MPS database in comma delimited format.
bmps_csv.zip Full compressed baby MPS database in comma delimited format.