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UK Location Strategy
The reports just keep on rolling. This time we have the UK Location Strategy published by DCLG (and the GI Panel). It covers much old ground and gives a rather uninspiring action plan on p17. All Points Blog also discuss this and, somewhat fairly, note that "they do highlight how complex it can be to actually get them done!" However this has to be taken within the context of the 1987 Chorley report and the 1997 followup. Now that was only 21 years ago and, well, pretty much all the same points were covered back that.

posted on: Wed, 26 Nov 2008 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

THe OS debate continues.... this time it's serious!!
The Pre-Budget Report published yesterday was obviously designed to get us to "spend, spend, spend", but the small print contained much of interest to the debate on trading funds and publicly collected data (not just by the OS). Many feathers seem to have been ruffled in Whitehall, probably not least those of the Home Secretary; "crime maps" is probably rapidly becoming a rude phrase! Anyway, both Ed Parsons and Charles Arthur (FoD) have succinctly outlined the key parts of the document and some of the things they hint at. Time will tell where this is all heading....

posted on: Tue, 25 Nov 2008 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

BNP Membership Mapping
The news over the last few days has been awash with items on the leaking of details of BNP members in the UK....

posted on: Thu, 20 Nov 2008 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

CORONA Mission
For those not familiar with the CORONA Mission, it was the original US spy satellite programme that operated from 1958-1972 (and was declassified in 1995)....

posted on: Wed, 19 Nov 2008 | path: /remote_sensing | permanent link to this entry

World Toilet Day
Yup, that's right its World Toilet Day! Whilst us Brits have always had a tongue-in-cheek snigger about toilet humour, typified by Adam Hart's wonderful Thunder, Flush and Thomas Crapper and, appropriately on WTD, a piece (or piss?!) by BBC News item (from TearFund) titled Britons' toilet pastimes revealed, there is a slightly more serious side that WaterAid/TearFund are trying to get across. Namely that 2.5B people worldwide don't have proper sanitation. And of course: "One gram of faeces can contain 10 million viruses, one million bacteria, 1,000 parasite cysts and 100 parasite eggs." At the very least have a go at playing TurdlyWinks. Go on, you know it makes sense!!

posted on: Wed, 19 Nov 2008 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Python Training
I've just returned from 2-days of of training in writing Python code at ESRI UK, reveling in the delights of Aylesbury....

posted on: Mon, 17 Nov 2008 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Best Training Course?
I've recently been on training courses at both Leica and ESRI UK and therefore thought it an opportune moment to compare them. And the verdict? Well, ESRI UK provide, by a significant margin, the best biscuits. No question!

posted on: Fri, 14 Nov 2008 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

OSM Data
Open Street Map data is getting increasingly better with more and more detailed coverage. So much so that it is used, preferentially, for a variety of mapping and navigation option. The data is also now increasingly available and its worthwhile pointing to people to CloudMade who now make the entire global dataset available for download in a variety of very useful formats, including shp, xml, Garmin maps, POIs etc.

posted on: Mon, 10 Nov 2008 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry

Is OS data "fit for purpose"?
I want to briefly return to the issue of using OS data within a map, even if that data has been significantly modified and makes up a relatively small proportion of the map content....

posted on: Tue, 04 Nov 2008 | path: /GIS | permanent link to this entry