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SpeedData: Dave Harte


Dave was interested in creating a map for the hyperlocal blog Bornville Village. He took data from Birmingham City Council’s website on gritting. He spent a lot of time doing it, by manually taking data, creating a spreadsheet and then transferring it to a Google Map. Eventually it was taken on by Mappa Mercia who […]

SpeedData: Matthew Somerville


We’ve already heard from Matthew Somerville of MySociety, who has introduced us to some of the websites that he has been involved in. These include: Mapumental, which is a site where house prices and travel information feed into an interactive map. A map rating places on how scenic they are He also metioned a site […]

Open data campaign given high-five by PM


Yesterday some significant ground was covered in the war to free up public data when the government announced it would move towards making Ordnance Survey maps freely available from April 2010. Gordon Brown signed up the www inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee in June earlier this year to help the UK government reach levels similar to […]