Within the first few weeks of joining the Ordnance Survey 10 years or so ago I was shown a prototype map of the New Forest printed on silk, for reasons anyone who has read the “Innovators dilemma” will understand it was never turning into a product, and I still have the prototype in a drawer at home.
So when my old friend from the OS David Overton launched SplashMaps via Kickstarter last month I immediately supported the project.
I supported the project not just because I think the product is a great idea, but that is is a real example of Open Government Data supporting small business innovation. As David points out, he was willing to license commercial data from the OS, but the usual licensing maze in Southampton actually made using the newly available OS Open Data and OpenStreetMap data a better alternative.
If you believe in the principle of open government data, support it with your bank account and help SplashMaps meet it’s target.
Written and submitted from the Hilton Hotel, Vienna (48.206N, 16.383E)