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Published: 2018-02-23T11:12:07Z

 



The building blocks of data infrastructure – Part 2

2018-02-23T08:30:55Z

This is the second part of a two part post looking at the building blocks of data infrastructure. In part one we looked at definitions of data infrastructure, and the first set of building blocks: identifiers, standards and registers. You should read part one first and then jump back in here. We’re using the example of […]



The building blocks of data infrastructure – Part 1

2018-02-23T08:30:48Z

Data is a vital form of infrastructure for our societies and our economies. When we think about infrastructure we usually think of physical things like roads and railways. But there are broader definitions of infrastructure that include less tangible things. Like ideas or the internet. It is important to recognise that there is more to […]



Creating better checklists, a short review of the Checklist Manifesto

2018-02-17T12:51:31Z

I’ve just finished reading The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande (Cancer Research UK affiliate link). It’s been on my reading list for a while. In my work I’ve written quite a few checklists to help capture best practice or to provide advice. So I was curious about whether I could learn something about creating better checklists. I […]



When are open (geospatial) identifiers useful?

2018-01-29T20:47:09Z

In a meeting today, I was discussing how and when open geospatial identifiers are useful. I thought this might make a good topic for a blog post in my continuing series of questions about data. So here goes. An identifier provides an unambiguous reference for something about which we want to collect and publish data. […]



Data assets and data products

2017-11-25T11:56:21Z

A lot of the work that we’ve done at the ODI over the last few years has involved helping organisations to recognise their data assets. Many organisations will have their IT equipment and maybe even their desks and chairs asset tagged. They know who is using them, where they are, and have some kind of […]



We CAN get there from here

2017-11-24T20:39:34Z

On Wednesday, as part of the Autumn Budget, the Chancellor announced that the government will be creating a Geospatial Commission “to establish how to open up freely the OS MasterMap data to UK-based small businesses”. It will be supported by new funding of £80 million over two years. The Commission will be looking at a […]



The state of open licensing, 2017 edition

2017-10-28T12:42:19Z

Let’s talk about open data licensing. Again. Last year I wrote a post, the State of Open Licensing in which I gave a summary of the landscape as I saw it. A few recent developments mean that I think it’s worth posting an update. But Leigh, I hear you cry, do people really care about licensing? […]



What is a Dataset? Part 2: A Working Definition

2017-10-23T19:44:42Z

A few years ago I wrote a post called “What is a Dataset?” It lists a variety of the different definitions of “dataset” used in different communities and standards. What I didn’t do is give my own working definition of dataset. I wanted to share that here along with a few additional thoughts on some […]



The Lego Analogy

2017-09-22T12:35:17Z

I think Lego is a great analogy for understanding the importance of data standards and registers. Lego have been making plastic toys and bricks since the late 40s. It took them a little while to perfect their designs. But since 1958 they’ve been manufacturing bricks in the same way, to the same basic standard. This […]



Mapping wheelchair accessibility, how google could help

2017-09-19T07:15:25Z

This month Google announced a new campaign to crowd-source information on wheelchair accessibility. It will be asking the Local Guides community of volunteers to begin answering simple questions about the wheelchair accessibility of places that appear on Google Maps. Google already crowd-sources a lot of information from volunteers. For example, it asks them to contribute photos, […]