Mapitude

Mappers meet developers meet open data

It’s Mapitude time http://mapitude.eventbrite.com/

 

Mapitude draft programme

Saturday May 22nd

Coffee, set up, feature requests

from 09:30 to 10:00

 

Upstairs Hackspace projects

from 10:00 to 17:00

 

Session 1 Better mapping

Using and adding photographs Brian Prangle

Adding a map to your website or blog Simon Dann & others

Beginner’s tool set: editors, iPhone apps

from 10:00 to 11:00

 

break

from 11:00 to 11:15

 

Session 2 OSM state of the map

Open data, Ordnance Survey. Local data. Warwickshire competition. Where next?

Output to Google maps vs OSM, some notes Simon Dann

Tools for conviviality

from 11:15 to 12:00

 

Session 3 Advanced mapping

Creating custom map styles

Cyclestreets Shaun Macdonald

Hosting your own OSM installation, Mappa Mercia Q & A Christoph Boehme

from 12:00 to 13:00

 

Lunch

from 13:00 to 14:00

 

Session 4 Maps on mobiles

OpenSatNav & augmented reality maps on mobile phones Steve Brown

Track My Journey Shaun Macdonald

from 14:00 to 14:45

 

Session 5 Adding data, public sector information

UK-postcodes, Lichfield DC Stuart Harrison

OpenlyLocal Chris Taggart

from 14:45 to 15:30

 

break

from 15:30 to 16:00

 

Session 6

Panel

from 16:00 to 16:30

 

Presentations

Show new stuff

from 16:30 to 17:30



 

Open data, linked data news

 

Open Data, Linked Data & The Semantic Web explained: ReadWriteWeb

 

Nigel Shadbolt: slides on the data.gov.uk work can be found here http://eprints.ecs.soton.ac.uk/18787/ #www2010

 

World Bank Open Data initiative http://data.worldbank.org/ TBL says “Everybody’s doing it!”

 

UK government guidlines

Office of Public Sector Information regulations: public sector information re-use OPSI.gov

 

Local government

What data sets are local public bodies already releasing for re-use? Local public data panel

 

Warwickshire’s data is opening up announcement

 

Guest post about new #Warwickshire #opendata site: WM Regional Observatory

 

Warwickshire have 26 different open data sets and feeds available at http://opendata.warwickshire.gov.uk/datasets

 

General Election

 

Context

The Great British Economy Disaster by John Lanchester in the London Review of Books

 

Visualisation

Election diagram: deficit cuts compared by party  Datablog Information is Beautiful

 

5 Great Mapping Apps to Help You Track the UK General Election Resourceshelf

 

Tools

Vote Match is designed to help you with determining your voting preference for the UK General Election. Votematch

Find out about your MP http://www.theyworkforyou.com/

 

Election day

Tactical voting guide  based on latest Guardian /ICM poll. Find your constituency, work out where your vote can be most effective. Voting guide

OpenStreetMap

 

Public transport layers on German open street map

Also covers UK, scroll.

 

PDF maps from #OSM: make your own TownGuide

 

Discussion on local data and open database license as used by Mappa-Mercia

 

Open Layers: free maps for the web http://www.openlayers.org/ V 2.9

 

Mapitude Birmingham #OSM workshop.

OpenStreetMap for web developers workshop day May 22nd Birmingham. Details, booking http://mapitude.eventbrite.com/

Tickets sold out 30th April

 

iPad

cd-roms and ipads – analysis of publishing as a workflow and why iPad will not save glossy magazines.

“For those of you blessed with senile amnesia or youth, CD-ROMs were the first wave of “interactive media” in the mid-eighties, and the great hope for publishing houses struggling to understand what they might be doing in the 21st century. Companies from Dorling-Kindersley to News Corp threw millions into CD-ROM publishing, with very little ultimate return.”

Oblomovka

Ian Betteridge: notes for a talk on designing for the iPad Technovia

Frederic Filloux on design, newspapers, iPad

“The fundamental fracture between print and digital media lies exactly here: paper is a fantastic vector for a reading experience driven by curiosity; the web is a cold medium utterly efficient for a search-based, focus-driven reading.
How to reconcile the two? There is no single (nor simple) answer. Such solution will arise from a combination of User Interface evolution with a real ability to deal with new devices, and with better search implementation.”

Monday Note

iPad DJ video YouTube

Rebirth by Propellerheads is out for the iPhone http://rebirthapp.com iPad next?

Creative Commons, copyright & IP in April

Copyright Criminals documentary: sampling & IP law

A documentary titled Copyright Criminals, which examines the messy three-way collision between digital technology, musical collage, and intellectual property law used 400 brief but unlicensed clips.

‘… one of those slapped with a suit was George Clinton—for sampling one of his own records. True story. “Yeah, I got sued for sampling my own stuff,” Clinton told us with a bemused smile.’

Copyright Criminals

 

Dutch government flips entire web copyright to CC0 by default

 

Science Commons: we’re launching the public discussion period for our CC patent tools

 

Peer-to-patent lets the public participate in the examination of patent applications Community Patent Review

 

Journalism in April

Follow the money. Tools for reporters investigating companies

The Investigative Dashboard, or ID, is a space for investigative journalists and citizen reporters to find resources, share information, and learn new ‘tricks of the trade’.

ID is not, however, just a collection of tools and tips. It is also part of an international initiative to encourage collaborative trans-national work and to build networks between investigative reporters across the globe.

Organized crime and corruption doesn’t stop at national borders, so why should journalists?

 

Investigative Dashboard

 


 

 

Bureau of Investigative Journalism: Pitch us your stories

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has issued an open invitation for journalists with great unpublished stories to pitch them for possible funding.

The Bureau is based at City University and was officially launched yesterday after receiving £2m in funding last year from the Potter Foundation

Press Gazette

 

 

Local democracy

Council decision-making is ‘more secretive today than ever’ – Roy Greenslade Guardian April 15th


Political Studies Association paper J Morrison: Spin, smoke-filled rooms, and the decline of council reporting by local newspapers download pdf

 

Hansard Society report Digital citizens & democratic engagement download pdf

 

Opening up local election data

“As well as the general election on May 6th, there are also a number of local council elections too. With this in mind it’s become clear that election data needs to be opened up, so as well as knowing what councillor sits on what committee, people can also find out when they were elected, how many votes they’ve received, as well as things like voter turnout.”

 

 

Jadu blog

 

10 new case studies of examples of good involvement by public bodies: Urban Forum

 

Carbon

John Naughton: Cloud computing: the carbon footprint. Greenpeace report Make IT Green: Cloud Computing and its Contribution to Climate Change

 

Guardian: Scientists cleared of malpractice in UEA’s hacked emails inquiry 14th April

 

Green ICT projects showcased: Sustainable ICT projects in six universities and colleges JISC

 

How we built the UK national carbon calculator Datastore

 

Five favourite sustainability-related TED talks of the past 5 years: Earth day the TED way 22nd April

 

Economist: Hydrogen tries again

 

From the beginning, the cloud hanging over the whole hydrogen enterprise has not been the power source as such, but the intractable difficulty of distributing and storing the stuff.

 

Google in April

 

Google Maps Navigation video UK

Google has enabled the turn-by-turn GPS navigation on all devices running Android version 1.6 or later

 

Out-law: Privacy commissioners collaborate on anti-Google action

 

Privacy watchdogs from 10 countries from around the world have written to Google to protest at those parts of its services that they believe “[betray] a disappointing disregard for fundamental privacy norms and law”.

 

The privacy commissioners have called on Google and any other organisation operating internationally to make sure that their services comply with the privacy laws in all the countries covered by a service.

Out-law