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 1 September 2010

Pre 2009 Boundary Data

Posted in: Mapping | Ordnance Survey              

3 Supporters so far - add your name

Posted by:John Cowles

Public Sector Information Holder:Ordnance Survey or ONS or UKBORDERS

Information Asset:Pre-2009 Boundary data

The problem

We are trying to get hold of pre-2009 electoral ward boundaries as a shape file. Ordnance survey say they can only supply the 2010 BoundaryLine dataset. The data appears to existing under the control of UKBORDERS but it is only available to academics. This is daft.

My ideal solution

Get OS to supply historical datasets as part of Opendata

What I would do

Use it to analyse trends in homeworking and home based business region by region and identify the best locations to provide support services like "workhubs".

Posted at Wednesday, 01 September 2010 13:15:10 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  Comments [1] #   

 8 February 2010

NHS Organisation IDs

Posted in: Mapping | NHS Information Centre | Statistics              

1 Supporter so far - add your name

Posted by: James Turner

Public Sector Information Holder: NHS

Information Asset: NHS Organisation IDs

The problem

I'm trying to get the NHS data into my data warehouse. I'm unable to compare it because the NHS uses OrgID and doesn't offer a translation table with addresses so I cannot place these areas roughly on a map. It's the same story with national statistics which use region 'codes' instead of postcodes.

My ideal solution

Lookup tables to be released to allow the integration of this data.

What I would do

Integrate the data into my Business Intelligence solution.

Posted at Monday, 08 February 2010 14:47:29 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  Comments [0] #   

 23 March 2009

Open DRM for OS Map Data Consumers

Posted in: Mapping | Ordnance Survey | Trading Fund              

32 Supporters so far - add your name

Posted by: Bill Chadwick

Public Sector Information Holder: Ordnance Survey

Information Asset: Open DRM for OS Map Data Consumers

The problem

Currently consumers are unable to buy digital mapping from one OS reseller (e.g. Anquet, MemoryMap, SatMap, Garmin ...) and reuse it with another vendor's software. This is unfair as the map data is expensive and may well have usefulness that outlives the software and computing platform used to display it. This is a situation not unlike that of CDs within the music industry.

My ideal solution

The OS licensing model should enable consumer digital mapping data (1:50k, 1:25k raster + terrain data) to be moved by consumers, amongst computing platforms and storage media that they own and be displayed using any software of their choosing - even that of their own writing.

What I would do

Write and perhaps sell map display software.

Posted at Monday, 23 March 2009 08:51:01 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  Comments [0] #   

 1 March 2009

OS data on Google Maps

Posted in: Mapping | Ordnance Survey | Trading Fund              

14 Supporters so far - add your name

Posted by: Benjamin Gould

Public Sector Information Holder: Ordnance Survey

Information Asset: OS data on Google Maps

The problem

At the moment it is not possible for Local Authorities and others to use the excellent Google Maps API in conjunction with Ordnance Survey data. This is because Ordnance Survey prohibit the use of any of their information (derived data) on Google Maps, apparently because of Google's terms and conditions.

My ideal solution

Ordnance Survey should reach an accommodation with Google, so public sector information, which often contains derived OS data, can be displayed on Google Maps. OS should update its guidance to Local authorities as soon as possible.

What I would do

Mashups of public sector information, using the excellent, easy and free Google Maps.

Posted at Sunday, 01 March 2009 08:53:22 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  Comments [0] #   

 18 August 2008

Points of interest data

Posted in: Mapping | Ordnance Survey | Trading Fund              

13 Supporters so far - add your name

Posted by: Daniel Yates

Public Sector Information Holder: Ordnance Survey

Information Asset: Points of interest data

The problem

Ordnance Survey hold an extensive database of UK points of interest classified into hundreds of different categories.

The minimum value for a 'specific use contract' is £5k, making the database inaccessible to all but the best-funded sites.

http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/oswebsite/products/pointsofinterest/

My ideal solution

Either free data or, taking into account the cost of collection, variable pricing depending on the nature and quantity of records in each dataset.

What I would do

Use certain POI data in mashup form.

Posted at Monday, 18 August 2008 19:54:37 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  Comments [0] #   

 8 August 2008

Administrative boundaries for UK

Posted in: Mapping | Ordnance Survey | Trading Fund              

25 Supporters so far - add your name

Posted by: Bill Chadwick, wheresthepath.googlepages.com

Public Sector Information Holder: Ordnance Survey

Information Asset: Administrative boundaries for UK

The problem

Community web mashups like FixMyStreet need to be able to attribute issues to a local authority/council by geographic location.

My ideal solution

Local council/authority bondary GIS polygon data to be in the public domian - free for any use.

What I would do

Build a 'TrafficRant' site where issues with local traffic flow can be logged by the public and brought to the attention of the appropriate local authority.

Posted at Friday, 08 August 2008 07:28:59 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  Comments [1] #   

 16 July 2008

Postal Address Files

Posted in: Royal Mail | Mapping              

74 Supporters so far - add your name

Posted by: Neil Houston

Public Sector Information Holder: Royal Mail Group

Information Asset: Postal Address Files

The problem

Historically UK citizens have not been able to access information pertaining to the UK postcode system, such as the mapping of these to the areas/co-ordinates they bound.

My ideal solution

Ideally the PAF main file available to download, this contains location information and then can be used in conjunction with OS Mapping etc. The royal mail do have this information available, but to date have not released it. If it could be released under some form of license, such as disallowing companies to utilise it (and therefore not affecting their sales of the PAF) then perhaps we will end with a happy compromise.

What I would do

It would be a resource for all, to allow them to provide more detail location information/context and surroundings of their areas.

Posted at Wednesday, 16 July 2008 18:50:51 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  Comments [1] #