You’ve just parked your car. Google Maps offers to record your current location so you can find where you parked your car. It also lets you note how much parking time you have available. Sharing this data allows Google Maps to provide you

I’ve been interviewed a couple of times recently by people interested in understanding how best to publish data to make it useful for others.  Once by a startup and a couple of times by researchers. The core of the discussion …

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Cities are increasingly the place where interesting work is happening within the broader open data community. Cities, of any size, have a well defined area of influence, a ready made community and are becoming instrumented with sensors. The latter is …

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It’s been really interested to watch how the recently published Environment Agency (EA) LIDAR data has been seized on by a variety of communities to create interesting, fun and useful tools. For many people, myself included, learning about LIDAR has been …

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This post is part of my ongoing series of basic questions about data, this time prompted by a tweet by Andy Dickinson asking the same question. There are lots of open data portals. OpenDataMonitor lists 161 in the EU alone. The numbers have …

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In a time long past, in a land far away, there was once a great forest. It was a huge sprawling forest containing every known species of tree. And perhaps a few more. The forest was part of a kingdom that had been …

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Over the past couple of years I’ve written several posts that each focus on trying to answer a simple question relating to data and/or open data. I’ve collected them together into a list here for easier reference. I’ll update the …

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A while ago I asked the question: “What is a Dataset?“. The idea was to look at how different data communities were using the term to see if there were any common themes. This week I’ve been considering how UPRNs …

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