GIScussions


An address is … 1

This week a headline in the Telegraph caught my eye: Postcodes ‘no longer fit for purpose’ as study shows most people have one which does not go directly to their door The article goes on: Postcodes are “no longer fit for purpose” as three in four people in the UK have an address that does not lead directly to the door of their home or business, according to new research. British technology company What3words has said […]


Mapping Google Sheets

If you follow me on twitter you may have seen a few tweets encouraging you to donate to Linkey, a charity that provides support to rough sleepers by donors buying sleeping bags, cold weather gear and toiletry kits in their web shop. It’s an inspiring charity that only started a few months ago. I reached out to a couple of the founders to see if there was any way I could help them and in […]


FOSS4G UK, a personal view

Last week James Milner and his organising committee staged a brilliant FOSS4G UK at the Geovation Hub. For the first time in ages I wasn’t organising a FOSS4G (well I did help with some financial bits and pieces), I wasn’t presenting (except for a lightning talk) so I could just hang out listen to interesting speakers and learn some cool stuff in the workshops. Here is what I enjoyed in roughly chronological order): Day 1 […]


Eating Humble Pie

  Last week I wrote a post about making a map of the locations of US steel plants and the electoral results in their local communities. I concluded with this brief summary “it’s a first draft and needs a good bit of work, but you can certainly see a pattern – most of the steel plants (and all of the large ones) are in Republican Districts – hardly a big surprise but there you go. I guess […]


Mapping US Steel while Arsenal lose (again!) 2

A couple of days ago a friend asked me if I could help a friend of his make a map showing the locations of US steel plants against US 115th Congressional Districts (2016). I tweeted out asking my American geogeek friends if they could help me find the data for this map. Within a few hours I had the Congessional District boundaries and the 2016 election results but the steel plant locations were a little […]


Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde consider a new Geospatial Commission 6

It’s November, it’s budget time, it’s that moment when geo-geeks and OpenData enthusiasts scour the hundreds of pages of budget pronouncements searching for phrases like “Ordnance Survey”, “Land Registry” and “Open Data”. It’s amazing how often we have got a mention in the budget or spending review publications over the past decade, you’d think that with all of the challenges that the country has faced since the crash of 2008 that the Chancellor would have […]