Archive for November 2009
Yesterday some significant ground was covered in the war to free up public data when the government announced it would move towards making Ordnance Survey maps freely available from April 2010.
Gordon Brown signed up the www inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee in June earlier this year to help the UK government reach levels similar to its US counterparts in terms of freeing up mapping data to the public. At the Smarter Government conference at Downing street yesterday afternoon Brown said:
“I think we’re on the verge of a revolution that can transform public services and the public sector. I’m speaking very specifically about how government can change to meet the needs of the times. I think we are determined to be the first government in the world to open up public information in a way that is far more accessible to the general public.”
Norway has already been leading the way in freeing up maps. Limited to individuals and not-for-profit organisations, from 1 December 2009 users can freely access maps from the Norwegian Mapping Authority, in the hope these users will come up with good solutions to a number of problems. Read the rest of this entry »