Media Mill Gazette 22

Lidar, air quality, internet of things and 3d Maps on your wall and more

** Lidar and Open data maps combined (https://twitter.com/JDickersonBWB/status/638722438159802369)

The 1st September marked the point at which Environment Agency’s Lidar (http://data.gov.uk/dataset/lidar-digital-surface-model) data became open data and this is a great example of the “Amazing level of detail combining new @EnvAgencyGeomat (https://twitter.com/EnvAgencyGeomat/) #LIDAR (https://twitter.com/search?q=%23LIDAR) and @OrdnanceSurvey (https://twitter.com/OrdnanceSurvey/) Open Map data! All UK #opendata (https://twitter.com/search?q=%23opendata) !” from JDickersonBWB on twitter. (https://twitter.com/JDickersonBWB/status/638722438159802369)

** Wuthering Bytes: Intelligent towns (http://wutheringbytes.com/days/intelligenttowns/talks.html)

A great name for an interesting conference/festival thing in Calderdale. The line up for this session is open data (and Leeds) rich. It’s on in Hebden Bridge on 29th September.

** EPSI report:Open City: Local Government & Open Data (http://www.epsiplatform.eu/sites/default/files/Open%20City-%20Local%20Government%20%26%20Open%20Data.pdf)

(PDF)EPSI produces monthly ‘topic reports’ on various aspects of PSI re-use in more depth. This month is a look at open data at local government level. A bit of a mainland Europe focus but still up our street.

** Building the first open, real-time air quality data hub for the world. (https://openaq.org/#/)

OpenAQ has released a ‘data hub’ for air quality sources. Given the recent interest in the area it seems like a good idea to try and pull this stuff together. On the other hand given the interest there doesn’t seem to many sources. Still, its worth considering if there is growth here – a bit like transport apis

** Drowning in Data, Cities Need Help (http://www.governing.com/columns/urban-notebook/gov-corridorscope-urban-planning-data.html)

The usefulness of open data from an urban planning perspective which includes a reference to Corridorscope (http://%20http//www.corridorscope.com/) a nice, sensor/data driven look at one street which is a simple but effective map.

** How a Small Startup Landed Yelp as a Big-Brand Partner (http://labs.openviewpartners.com/startup-big-brand-partnership-socrata-yelp/)

Setting aside that ‘small startup’ is not how I would have thought about Socrata, this is a nice (and detailed) description of how the company partnered with Yelp to put government restaurant inspection reports on the consumer platform.

** Open data is at the centre of London’s transition into a smart city (http://www.theguardian.com/media-network/2015/aug/03/open-data-london-smart-city-privacy)

One of a continuing series of open data stories on the Guardians media network. The message doesn’t change but the examples are invariably interesting. Two worth looking at (or reminding yourself of) are the whereaboutslondon (http://whereaboutslondon.org/#/map) map and the very functional London Schools atlas (https://www.london.gov.uk/webmaps/lsa/) .

** Open data reveals less than 3% of government procurement spend goes to startups (http://theodi.org/blog/open-data-reveals-that-less-than-3-of-government-procurement-spend-goes-to-startups)

A work through Nesta and the spendnetwork’s work on procurement spending. One thing that struck me was looking at this next to the recent ODI report on the growth of open data companies. The missing link – how much government money is underpinning the open data economy.

** What Chief Digital Officers can learn from the Digital and Data Revolution in the U.K. (http://cdoclub.com/what-chief-digital-officers-can-learn-from-the-digital-and-data-revolution-in-the-u-k/)

This is essentially a report on Rohan Silva’s speech from the CDO Summit last year. In amongst the promotional stuff for the CDO network is an interesting perspective on how the UK got to be a major player in open data.

** Elevated Maps: Custom 3d printed maps (http://elevatedmaps.com/index.html)

An interesting product idea that allows you to define an area on a google map and then get a 3d printed image from it

** Map colouring in takes off (http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/blog/2015/09/map-colouring-in-takes-off/)

Printable maps that tap into the recent trend for ‘adult’ colouring in. You may not get the whole colouring in thing (just me then!) but the OS blog shows a team really tapping
community building

** Unleashing the Internet of Things (http://thethingsnetwork.org/)

Here’s a great little project running out of Amsterdam that is essentially a low cost, open source city-wide lan for the internet of things. As impressive as it is interesting.

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** 5star data with cost benefits (http://5stardata.info/en/)

Tim Berners Lee’s 5 star open data rating seems to have had a facelift which includes cost benefit cases for each step

** Fragment – Data Journalism or Data Processing? (http://blog.ouseful.info/2015/08/31/fragment-data-journalism-or-data-processing/)

Tony Hirst offers three links to read and ponder what happens when “Collecting “public” data and processing or analysing it may bring the actions of the processor into the scope of the Data Protection Act”

** A Plethora of Open Data Repositories (i.e., thousands!) (http://www.datasciencecentral.com/profiles/blogs/a-plethora-of-open-data-repositories-i-e-thousands)

A nice start for a collection of links to sources of open data. One of the resources on the list is Gapminder. Hans Rosling’s seminal TED presentation is always worth a watch (http://www.gapminder.org/videos/hans-rosling-ted-2006-debunking-myths-about-the-third-world/) and now the big pot of data collected by the Gapminder site is now on Github (https://github.com/curran/data/tree/gh-pages/gapminder) meaning its all nice CSV rather than google sheets.

** The CIA on Common Sense in Open Data (https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/cia-common-sense-open-data-ian-white)

“The CIA has taken the lead in FOIA”: yeah! I had to read that a few times too.