Mashups and government websites

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.

In the meantime, here’s some of my favourite mashups:
Newsmap
Healthmap
Weatherbonk
Trendsmap