Revisiting ‘free’ Twitter reporting and analysis tools in 2016

In January 2012 I wrote  Ten of my favourite reporting and analysis tools for Twitter. Lots of people commented and suggested their own favourites, so a couple of months later I wrote a follow-up, imaginatively entitled Ten (more) of my favourite reporting and analysis tools for Twitter. I re-read both posts a few days ago, and tried out some of Read More …

Pez Machines delivering self-driving cars, and other musings

This is the third instalment in a series of posts about transport in the future. The previous ones are: What does the future hold? [Transport] Thinking aloud: Back to the Future [of Transport] I have no idea how many I’ll write on this subject – I’m still digesting comments, accumulating links and reading material, so there may be Read More …

Thinking aloud: Back to the Future [of Transport]

A few days ago, I blogged: What does the future hold? [Transport], in which I began thinking aloud about what transport might look like in the future. It followed a Twitter conversation with John Murray and Caroline Robinson, and was prompted by Rob Price‘s article in Business Insider: Aggressive drivers are going to bully self-driving cars. Damn, forgot Hyperloop… There’s a new development Read More …

What does the future hold? [Transport]

John Murray shared an interesting article this morning Aggressive drivers are going to bully self-driving cars https://t.co/PQelE0nvAV via @sai — John Murray (@MurrayData) October 23, 2016 The gist of the article is that – whilst autonomous vehicles can be instructed to take obey laws, follow rules, and react to environmental conditions etc – humans could  exploit that ‘weakness’ Read More …

Thoughts about Talk About Local #TAL16

Last Saturday I left the house in the dark, and caught the first available bus. It had to be something good to get me out of bed that early in the morning at a weekend. It was… Guess where I am today? #TAL16 pic.twitter.com/EZjVgB2DNh — Huw Marshall (@Marshallmedia) October 15, 2016 #TAL16 – the hyperlocal unconference. If you’ve not Read More …

A look back at Open Data Camp 3: After the Watershed

This post was first published on the Open Data Camp blog. It’s several weeks since the third UK Open Data Camp. In case that means nothing to you: Camp ‘Camp’ is a term commonly used to refer to an ‘unconference’, which basically means it’s an event with no predefined agenda – instead, attendees ‘pitch’ session ideas Read More …

Using Data as a policy maker – Pt1

This is the first in a series of posts about an event: Using Data as a policy maker, which was held in Winchester, in November 2015. This post first appeared on the Open Data Aha! blog. Using data for policy – Aha! Wearing my ‘Open Data Aha!‘ hat*, I teamed up with Southern Policy Centre Read More …

Demonstrating the value of open data – GP Pressure Map

I was really pleased to see GP Pressure Map featured on the BBC’s South Today programme on 31st March. GP Pressure Map – part of the Open City Data Platform – was one of the “highs” I mentioned in my final post on the Hampshire Hub: Leaving on a high. The utility, created by Leo Valberg Read More …

Leaving on a high

This post was originally published on the Hampshire Hub on 30th March 2015. Deep breath I’m leaving Hampshire County Council, and am stepping down as lead for the Hampshire Hub. There, I’ve said it. Looking back I wrote my first post Hampshire Hub (Thoughts on What a Hampshire Hub might be) in February 2012. In Read More …

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 stuff happening’. If you’re interested in a fuller discussion of Engineering Serendipity, there’s the excellent Read More …