The show us a better way competition, which invited proposals for better ways of communicating public information, reports back on the winning entries
Lots of interesting mashups with public data. Sadly the Ordnance Survey only temporarily freed up data they control for use in the competition. Shortly afterwards
“Ordnance Survey has emailed local government organisations waving its copyright stick. And it’s quite a bit stick. One which, in effect, could prevent many – perhaps all? – of the SUABW winners (Free Our Data announcement; BBC announcement), and certainly those which might rely on local authority data that is in any way geographically related – from being implemented, certainly on Google Maps.”
Are the Show Us A Better Way winners safe from Ordnance Survey?
Free our data is the Guardian Technology campaign for free public access to data about the UK and its citizens.
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.
UK crime and postcode information edge ever closer to freedom
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