Category Archives: Open Data

If you open stuff up, good stuff happens

This is a slightly edited version of a post originally published on DATA.GOV.UK I rather like the phrase: “Engineering Serendipity” which – as I choose to interpret it – means something like ‘creating conditions which maximise the chances of good … Continue reading

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Open data, apps and maps

This post was originally published on the prototype Hampshire Hub web site. Open Data A few weeks ago I blogged about Hampshire’s Rights of Way network, which has been published as an interactive map, and as open data. The data … Continue reading

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Why on earth sponsor an Unconference?

No hard-sell I’ve never really thought about ‘why’ sponsors sponsor unconferences – I’m just glad they do. At each event I do the rounds of the stands, gratefully grabbing my share of the mugs, pens, t shirts, special offers and … Continue reading

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Blue Light Camp: Coming in from the cold

It’s been a bit quiet on the BlueLightCamp blog recently. Apart from Sasha’s post last week, nothing since November. But that doesn’t mean no activity – on the contrary. Hartley Wintney fire brigade members on board their fire engine in … Continue reading

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Getting the measure of social media

Must we measure? In November, Emer Coleman asked: Social media – Must we measure? In a fascinating post, Emer discusses how tricky it is to present the benefits of social media in traditional business cases. Emer argues that: Making a business case … Continue reading

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Open Sesame: UK open data

Open growth Earlier this month, Deloitte UK published a report: Open growth: Stimulating demand for open data in the UK, which they produced in collaboration with the Open Data Institute (ODI). In the report, Deloitte discuss the open data ‘marketplace’ which they … Continue reading

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A Blue Light on the horizon

A month or so ago I blogged: Reflections on Events, in which I looked back at some of the events I’ve attended over the last couple of years. I suggested some ‘tweaks’ for organisers, and how physical attendees might help … Continue reading

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The SLA Event (Pt 2): Ordnance Survey Open Data and GeoVation

This is the second half of a post about an event run by the Society for Location Analysis a couple of weeks ago. Last week’s post covered the introduction by the SLA Chairman, Peter Sleight, and a talk by Professor Nigel Shadbolt … Continue reading

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SLA Event (Part 1): Open Data: Powering the Information age

This is the first of a two-part post about an event I attended last night (21st Feb), organised by the Society for Location Analysis (SLA). It was held in Hampshire County Council’s headquarters in Winchester, but the SLA – and … Continue reading

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Drumalism – great new app from @SemanticTourist

Steve Peters aka @SemanticTourist describes himself on Twitter as an: “Open Data enthusiast and LinkedData fan; armchair developer…” In a great example of that armchair development – in his spare time over Christmas – he’s put together an excellent app … Continue reading

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