Tag: Digital Contraptions Imaginarium

Data released for transparency does not make it open

Below is my comment to Sean Vitka’s piece “How to protect privacy when releasing open data” on the Sunlight Foundation website here. === Hi Sean, I’m sorry but the anecdote you start from breaks the consistency of your entire post,

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Southampton addresses coverage through open sources

You’ll remember that sooner or later the objective of my research this year is to run a crowdsourcing exercise aimed at producing a set of addresses I am missing, testing some of the typical dynamics of such an initiative, such

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Addresses: what to derive from published sources, what to produce through crowdsourcing

We’ve done a lot of couting in the last few days, trying to measure the size of the problem of creating an open dataset of addresses for the UK. What we did not calculate yet, though, is: – how many

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How many addresses in every English and Welsh postcode?

It’s getting interesting, isn’t it? There’s an Office for National Statistics open dataset prosaically called “Postcodes (Enumeration) (2011) to output areas (2011) to lower layer super output areas (2011) to middle layer super output areas (2011) to local authority districts

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How many addresses and postcodes in the UK?

In the last few days we’ve been exploring the size of the OLAF problem, starting from small, more manageable geographic entities and wondering first how many addresses we would find in one town and then how many postcodes. What’s the

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How many postcodes in one town?

… and how many addresses in that postcode, for what matters 🙂 After discussing the volume of addresses we expect to find in one town, we need to do something similar for postcodes. This post builds on the other work

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Retired postcodes in Land Registry’s “Price Paid”

Question How relevant retired postcodes are to the use of the addresses we find in Land Registry’s Price Paid (LRPP) data? Answer First of all, what do we call “active” postcodes? As Ordnance Survey’s open data is central to OLAF,

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#IODC15, Day 1

I was favourably surprised by the #IODC15 first day. With so many “open data dignitaries” in the house, I worried that I would have missed the authenticity of the unconference’s grassroot community, but I was happily proven wrong. It is

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“Where is the private sector open data event?”

Lots of great academic work from all over the world presented yesterday at the International Open Data Research Symposium organised by the brilliant and generous Open Data Research Network people, with the Web Foundation, IRDC and the main conference, starting

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At the #IODC15 unconference

Great to see so many old and new faces at the International Open Data “unconference” yesterday, and such diverse ones, too! Many noted that it was likely the first time they found themselves in the same room with such number

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