Share Today we are launching Smoke Signals, an open source civic analytics tool that helps local communities determine which city blocks are at the highest risk of not having a smoke alarm. 25,000 people are killed or injured in 1 …

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This post, written by Kitty Vander-Heijden, Director of the World Resources Institute Europe, is the fourth in our blog series which aims to explore how the Sustainable Development Goals can be drafted to include all social and economic groups.  Water is an …

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For the past 17 years we have been capturing LIDAR (Light Detection & Ranging) data in England. LIDAR uses a laser to scan and map the landscape from above and is widely considered to be the best method for collecting …

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Share As people who are really passionate about data, we are constantly thinking about ways to use it to make the world a better place. Every 2 hours and 42 minutes a civilian death from fire occurs, according to the …

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Post: 18 January 2015 A week ago I wrote about Environment Agency’s Risk of Flooding from Rivers and Sea (RoFRS) dataset, which has recently been released as open data. Since then Shoothill have launched a new website based on the …

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This is a slightly edited version of an article which was originally published in the British APCO Journal, and on the BAPCO web site BlueLightCamp in 2014 Discovering and then applying the full potential of data to public safety and …

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Post: 22 December 2014 Earlier this month Environment Agency released their Risk of Flooding from Rivers and the Sea (RoFRS) datasets, previously known as NaFRA, as open data. RoFRS is EA’s core national flood risk model. I will blog about these …

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David Patterson presenting WUDOWUD at British APCO’s Autumn event “Whether You Do Or Weather You Don’t” (WUDOWUD) is an initiative that came about as a direct result of BlueLightCamp, which was this year held in Hampshire. WUDOWUD seeks to correlate …

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Two interesting developments in the open and LinkedData worlds have grabbed my attention in past couple of months. In February, the Floodhack event generated lots of great ideas for new apps to help flood relief, and some data from Environment Agency.  In …

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