My private obsession: data visualisations.
Mashups are the combination of several data sources to create a new tailored service.
Government has the data.
Some useful mashups have been made with Government data, for example there’s a useful recycling map on Recyclenow.com.
Here’s a Google Map, made by the British Government, the UK Met Office and the British Antarctic Survey, showing the effects of global warming.
Sutton Council’s Grit Bins Map was useful a few weeks ago during the South’s heavy snow.
To help people make the most of government data, a major new website has been launched which gives free access to government data in one place: data.gov.uk
I’ll keep you posted on the innovative uses of this data. At the moment some developers are complaining that they can’t make use of the data easily.