GIScussions


The Invincibles – adventures with QGIS2Web 3

This is a maps and Arsenal post with a tiny bit of geekery added in. In the 2003-4 season Arsenal won the Premier League title while going the whole season unbeaten (actually including a couple of games in the preceding season and several in the following season they went 49 games unbeaten) a record that is unlikely to be equalled. My favourite Arsenal blogger is a guy called Andrew Managan who blogs at Arseblog, he […]


May the FOSS be with you 5

I travelled home from FOSS4GUK in Southampton yesterday afternoon on something of a high, we had had a great 3 days and at the end England had scraped a sneaky win against Wales in the 92nd minute (seeing Gareth Bale cry can’t be bad, can it?). Then I saw the awful news about Jo Cox and I was flattened, what the fuck is wrong with our world? This morning I realised that whilst our little […]


Size matters 1

I have been pondering (and pontificating) on the business of Open Source Geo for a while now for example “There is no such thing as a free lunch“. That has prompted a couple of questions How big is the Open Source geo industry? What economic benefit does Open Source Geo underpin? You might wonder why I think this important? I spend a fair amount of my time evangelising Open Source Geo, particularly within UK government. Despite […]


Wanted: Old political boundary maps 1

Crowdsourcing some presentation images I need some help to find old map images for a presentation that I am preparing. In “When politics meet maps there is no right” I wrote about the challenges in representing disputed boundaries and place names for digital mappers. I will be presenting on this topic at FOSS4G in Bonn in August and the British Cartographic Society symposium in September. Do you have any images or scans of old political geography […]


Boundless enthusiasm needs moderation 3

There is a bit of a rant coming, but before I start I want to get out a couple of disclaimer bits. There is nothing wrong with building a business on open source and nothing wrong with making profits from open source or paying peoples’ wages through it. I have written about the business of open source before. I am closely associated with Astun, a UK business that supplies products and services built on OSGeo […]


Why OS refuses an exemption request

A few weeks ago I wrote about Ordnance Survey’s response to my FoI request regarding data exemptions and I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised at the high proportion of requests that were granted. The FoI response left a gap as far as I was concerned so I asked a follow up question “You state that refusals were because OS “considered the risk of release of the dataset, to OS or our partners, outweighed the positive […]