Why open up?

Although open source and open data are phrases that have become more common in recent years, there is still some confusion about what the benefits are of each of these. In this short blog post, I will go through a few of the key reasons why the open philosophy is a good one. Community support … More Why open up?

OS MasterMap

Earlier this month, the UK Government announced that specific parts of the Ordnance Survey’s flagship mapping product, MasterMap, will be made available as Open Data (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/unlocking-of-governments-mapping-and-location-data-to-boost-economy-by-130m-a-year). This is one of the first projects to be delivered by the new Geospatial Commission and is being undertaken to kickstart new innovations and ideas. This is great news, … More OS MasterMap

Amazing openness

On the 8th and 9th March 2018 I attended the FOSS4G:UK conference in London. London, I am in you Now for the tube #foss4guk pic.twitter.com/ZFjrxHKJdF ‚ÄĒ Alastair @ Geoger (@ajggeoger) March 8, 2018 This is a conference for promoting the great things that can be done using free and open source software for geospatial applications. … More Amazing openness

Wytham video

Late last year, I was lucky enough to have been involved in the creation of one of the episodes of the University of Oxford’s “The Laboratory with Leaves” series of videos. The whole series is well worth a watch as it details the various different facets of research work that are being undertaken at Wytham … More Wytham video

Open licences

Software These two sites are incredibly useful if you want to choose or understand an open licence for some software: tldrlegal.com choosealicense.com/ From these sites you can see just how many different open licence variants there are. Despite this, there are just a few that are commonly used, as shown in the ‘Most Popular’ column … More Open licences

A further Defra project win

Geoger¬†is pleased to announce the award of a new Defra consultancy contract. We are part of a consortium led by Specto Natura Ltd¬†along with APMGeo¬†Ltd which is tasked to operationalise the creation of¬†a set of generic indicator products under the Earth Observation Data Integration Pilot (EODIP) project framework. The project takes¬†the technical specification for an … More A further Defra project win

Open data and Metaldehyde risk mapping [update]

This is an updated post based on this blog post from 2014. The work presented here is still a¬†proof of concept¬†to demonstrate the utility of open data. If you’d like to work with Geoger to develop¬†this further, please get in touch. The idea Metaldehyde is a pesticide found primarily in slug pellets and associated products, … More Open data and Metaldehyde risk mapping [update]