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Open Government Data Ordnance Survey Thoughts

So does Open GovData allow SME’s to flourish?

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. […]

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Apple Thoughts

Bad maps.. really a search problem

So now everyone knows making a map of our little planet to make available to users of mobile devices everywhere that is both accurate, up-to-date and detailed is hard. And with the benefit of hindsight and industry expertise we can smile knowledgeably at the mainstream tech press falling over themselves debating and theorising over Apple […]

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#NBCFail : One is not a Mused

So just how bad is NBC’s coverage of the Olympics.. I spent a few days last week in the US so I got the opportunity to actually experience it. Well compared to the BBC, it was never going to win any prizes, but actually is not so bad once you get over the bizarre time […]

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The Martian Invasion

No one would have believed in the first years of the twenty first century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than mans… H.G. Wells had it wrong, the invasion of Mars by robots from earth ! Good Luck NASA, JPL and Curiosity the most ambitious landing since Apollo 11, […]

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The future of the map is no map !

Well that’s at least the way it’s gets reported… Last week I was invited to speak on visualisation and “Big Data” at the Aspen Ideas Festival, and was interviewed by the “tech tonic” team from Reuters TV on the current state of maps online. Here is the interview.. On the subject of visualisation, my main […]