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What Map Maker is /is not

Last week Google introduced Map Maker a set of online map making tools to very positive… but not universal acclaim. I can understand where SteveC is coming from, but I think it’s important to clarify a few points. Map Maker is clearly not an open source project, and as such is not in competition with […]

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Faster than a speeding squirrel

The latest release of one of my favourite location aware web applications Dopplr, has a fun new element as part of offering public profiles. Your “Personal Velocity” compares your travels and the time taken to make them, and nominates the animal closest to your average speed. I’m very happy to say that I’m a speedy […]

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Siralan and the British IT Industry

Ok, so I like many geeks of my age along with my early Sinclair computers was an Amstrad user having a CPC and a PC clone at one point. Amstrad as a manufacturer of computers disappeared years ago, there is now the Viglen brand, but they are only bought by public sector organisation who don’t […]

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The Civil servants guide to the blogosphere

As reported today in the Guardian today, there are now guidelines as to how civil servants should make use of the web as a method of communication. The result, announced by the very web literate minister Tom Watson, is a very practical and simple set of guidelines. I can speak from personal experience that such […]

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Data Policy

Crime mapping gets political

Over the past few months Crime Mapping has floated up the political agenda, reaching the mainstream with Boris Johnson’s recent call for crime mapping, echoed by the Guardian’s Free our Data campaign, and this morning followed up by the reporting of Louise Casey’s Cabinet Office report. You would think from the media, that this is […]