Great article from Ingrid there, very good thought provoker. Playing
field locations is something so simple to push out there, similar to
the car park locations I use on the CoLC website. Maps themselves are
such a straightforward example of shared information because unlike,
say, a big old XML file detailing councilloe expenditure, Johnny
Public is more likely to look at a map!
I think that the beauty of Google Maps is that it does produce the RSS
and KML files which can then be pulled and tweaked into other web apps
- and this is all done for you! There was a question in the comments
of Ingrid's blog post regarding councils supplying the data in
different formats and how to standardise delivery; well the answer is
In fact this is the foundation of the now in dormant LA Mapping
Project that I started a few months back with Stuart Harrison (http://
) - the belief that if we all simply
utilise these services to publish our data, we will eventually be able
to pull together as complete a data set as possible from across the
Just needs a little bit of working together...
On Aug 20, 4:57 pm, Dave Briggs <d...@vebrig.gs
> Hey Andrew
> Thanks for raising this. A discussion has broken out again on Twitter
> on this topic too!
> I'm interested in seeing if we can bottom this out properly. I've
> hunting down contacts within Ordnance Survey in the hope that I can
> get them to engage with us here, and perhaps draw in some of the
> Google guys into the conversation too.
> Also, I was interested to read in Ingrid's recent blog post [http://
> roundabouts/] about the Local Government Information House [http://www.idea.gov.uk/idk/core/page.do?pageId=8021533
] who have something
> called the Mapping Services Agreement [http://www.idea.gov.uk/idk/core/
> page.do?pageId=8035840] and a Business Manager, Digital Mapping. Would
> be good to get them in on this conversation, I feel.
> Mapping is also definitely going to be a major theme for LocalGovCamb
> On Aug 17, 3:19 pm, Andrew Beeken <abee...@gmail.com
> > So, this is a big subject for me at the mo. I see a lot of potential
> > in being able to embed data, especially for sharing mapped information
> > that many organisations have already put time into creating with their
> > heavy duty GIS systems, however there are issues with the OS
> > preventing us from adding our data to GMaps out of these systems due
> > to copyright claims.
> > I was hoping that this would come up at #googlelocalgov; it was
> > touched upon very briefly but didn't really go anywhere. I'd like for
> > some of the Google bods to enter into this discussion so that we can
> > get a bead on where things are with this; are discussions with the OS
> > going on? What are the legal implications for "reproducing"
> > information (i.e. recreating from scratch)? What about the KML and RSS
> > files generated by GMaps; are these fair use?
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