Online Maps

WRITTEN ON Wednesday, January 27th, 2010 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Online Maps, Power of Information

My short response to the Ordnance Survey data consultation I think the phrase “making public data public” says it all. When a tautology is radical it’s an oblique way of saying we’re in the wrong place. The UK needs vibrant emerging online services built on universally applicable data sets which the taxpayer has paid for […]


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WRITTEN ON Tuesday, March 4th, 2008 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Design: Co-creation, Online Maps, Power of Information, What do we want?

Look what Her Majesty’s loyal opposition came up with last week The second announcement I want to make today is about information. For decades, information, power and control have been monopolised by well meaning public officials. Now, because of the internet and dynamic change in our broader culture, we can consign this top-down model to […]


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WRITTEN ON Saturday, June 2nd, 2007 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Design: Co-creation, Online Maps, Power of Information, What do we want?

The power of shared open access to government date was proved 150 ago with the case of the cholera outbreak and the Broad Street pump. Sam points me to this on John Udell’s blog: If you’re an Edward Tufte fan, like me, you’ll know the story of the 1854 cholera outbreak in London, and of […]


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WRITTEN ON Thursday, January 18th, 2007 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Design: Co-creation, Online Maps, Save Time and Money, What do we want?

A Richard Pope project, currently in Beta, that gives you planning alerts in relation to your post code. We face a stark choice. We could take a joined up cross-cutting project through several Gateway review stages and go out to tender for an innovative shared service project to put something like this on DirectGov. Or […]


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WRITTEN ON Wednesday, October 25th, 2006 BY Richard S AND STORED IN Online Maps, Political engagement

Half hearing a garbled radio report, then half reading a garbled article, I thought that Google was replacing Peter Snow and Gallup etc. In fact, Google has simply added a new information layer which users can superimpose on Google Earth maps, to provide some information and links for the 2006 USA elections. However, how would […]


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WRITTEN ON Monday, September 25th, 2006 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Foundation of Trust, Online Maps, What do we want?

Marvellous Google maps mania remains the place to find great maps mashups. They point to this terrific NSPCC campaign which maps support for action to prevent cruelty to children. It has differernt green baloons for regions, childline type servies, and individuals. You can locate various celebrities and see their message of support. It’s kinda fun, […]


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WRITTEN ON Tuesday, January 24th, 2006 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Design: Co-creation, Online Maps, What do we want?

This is cool – Dr Gavin Jamie, a Swindon GP, has written a site that looks at NHS quality data. He’s used FoI queries about the Quality and Outcomes Framework to start a browsable/searchable QOF Database. Much of this information is at least as interesting for what it says about populations of patients than what […]


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WRITTEN ON Sunday, December 11th, 2005 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Online Maps

Perhaps they should hold off on Transport Direct (for which, funnily enough, I just binned a flier and travelcard holder). Google is tackling the question of public transport.* I don’t know the figures but I guess we’re £50m in to a public-private partnership on Transport Direct. I wonder where the risk resides?


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WRITTEN ON Saturday, November 12th, 2005 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Online Maps

Ordnance Survey is delighted with the outcome of the Google Maps Mashups competition and the winners shoud have heard by now from the Ordnance Survey. I just had a note in from chief exec Vanessa Lawrence’s PA to confirm I can confirm … that on receipt of your original email we did contact all the […]


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WRITTEN ON Monday, September 26th, 2005 BY William Heath AND STORED IN Online Maps

The judges are delighted to report that the UK map-hacking community is alive, well, and right up at the cutting edge. The UK has a heritage of Ordnance Survey map data which can offer fabulous detail and quality. And now the whole world has the new online Google maps which offer unprecedented advantages in practicality […]


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