Public data news
The Guardian’s Free Our Data campaign is a good source for policy and legal developments in the use of public data. Usually covered in the Technology edition, web and print versions, on Thursdays. They also have a blog: freeourdata
A recent Guardian piece by Michael Cross covers significant advances in freeing access to two publicly funded datasets: crime and postcodes. Every neighbourhood in England and Wales will have interactive crime maps online by the end of this year. Royal Mail has made it’s postcode address file of 28 million addresses available for the Show us a better way competition.
More on representation: there are some previous posts on data mapping on this site.
Research papers from UCL
Audit Commission Neighbourhood crime and anti-social behaviour
University College London projects
E-Society Classification is a detailed classification of all of Great Britain’s neighbourhoods, based on information about levels of awareness of information and communications technologies, usage patterns, and attitudes to their effects upon quality of life.
The London Profiler application is a platform on which public sector data about London can be displayed and searched through a common interface. The navigation should be familiar to users as it is based on the Google Maps API
The GMapCreator is a freeware application designed to make thematic mapping using Google Maps simpler.