Towards a Strategic Hampshire Hub

In an earlier post: Hampshire Hub – a responsive approach I talked a bit about the ‘interim’ Hampshire Hub, and explained what we’re doing with the current site. I mentioned the ‘strategic’ hub, but didn’t go in to much detail about what we’re intending to do in the longer term. Strategic Hampshire Hub I’m pleased…… Continue reading Towards a Strategic Hampshire Hub

Open data, apps and maps

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 was released under the OS Open Data Licence, which effectively means you can do what you like with it – including using it to build apps – as…… Continue reading Open data, apps and maps

Old Maps Online – one of ‘top 100’ websites

A consortium of UK libraries has judged a web site from the University of Portsmouth to be one of the top 100 web sites. Old Maps Online enables visitors to access over 130,000 historical maps from across the world. The University of Portsmouth has published a full press release on its web site.  

BlueLight Camp: Post of posts

This post was originally published on the BlueLightCamp web site. Planning for BlueLight Camp 2013 is well under way, and more information will be published about the event on the BlueLightCamp site shortly. In the meantime, I thought it worth highlighting some of the articles written about the first BlueLight Camp, held in April 2012. I’ve included…… Continue reading BlueLight Camp: Post of posts

Hampshire Hub project Update for HIOWLA Chief Executives

On 2nd November 2012 an update on the Hampshire Hub project was presented to the Chief Executives of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Local Authorities. You can preview and download the report below. [gview file=””]

The Observatory of Economic Complexity – useful for business?

If you’re in business and looking for a market for your products, here’s a quick example of how the Observatory of Economic Complexity might be useful: Switzerland is well known for its high quality time pieces, so it’s no great surprise to see it’s a major exporter of watches Exports of watches in 2010 Switzerland’s export…… Continue reading The Observatory of Economic Complexity – useful for business?

Visual data mining of Google Street View

What Makes Paris Look like Paris? Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and INRIA/Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris have developed visual data mining tools which detect features, such as street signs, streetlights and balcony railings, that give Paris and other cities a distinctive look. Video and report below. Full details on the report web site.     [gview file=””]

Tableau Dashboard of Open Data Releases by Central Government department

A Dashboard of scheduled Open Data releases by central government departments, has been created by Caroline Beavon using Tableau Public visualisation software. The charts show Release dates by department Searchable release date by dataset Datasets without dates The timeline visualisation immediately makes clear that the bulk of data sets are scheduled for release in 2012-2013. You can…… Continue reading Tableau Dashboard of Open Data Releases by Central Government department

Hampshire Hub

Thoughts on what a Hampshire Hub might be: a place where councils and agencies can share data (securely if appropriate) a place to share information, tools, and techniques between partners a place to ask a question signposting to existing data sources (so, no duplicated content) signposting to subject experts (“who can I ask about…”) possibly…… Continue reading Hampshire Hub