Thursday, 11 March 2010

Free map data?

The "Making Public Data Public" project’s latest hope is to make Ordinance Survey map data freely available online from April 2010. It looks as though this is mainly to allow people to access and interpret public statistics by postcode, local authority or electoral boundary. One of the applications is the "ASBOrometer", a mobile application that measures levels of anti-social behaviour at your current location (within England and Wales) and gives you access to key local ASB statistics.

If you have not seen the beta site www.data.gov.uk it is worth visiting, the site aims to provide access to government data and is under constant development. Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Professor Nigel Shadbolt and others are advising the government on this initiative.

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