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Published: 2017-09-19T14:00:55Z


Mapping wheelchair accessibility, how google could help


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, […](image)

Under construction


It’s been a while since I posted a more personal update here. But, as I announced this morning, I’ve got a new job! I thought I’d write a quick overview of what I’ll be doing and what I hope to achieve. I’ve been considering giving up freelancing for a while now. I’ve been doing it on […](image)

Bath Playbills 1812-1851


This weekend I published scans of over 2000 historical playbills for the Theatre Royal in Bath. Here are some notes on whey they come from and how they might be useful. The scans are all available on Flickr and have been placed into the public domain under a CC0 waiver. You’re free to use them […](image)

We can strengthen data infrastructure by analysing open data


Data is infrastructure for our society and businesses. To create stronger, sustainable data infrastructure that supports a variety of users and uses, we need to build it in a principled way. Over time, as we gain experience with a variety of infrastructures supporting both shared and open data, we can identify the common elements of […](image)

Experiences with the Freestyle Libre


Yesterday I implanted a sensor in my daughter. Today we have graphs. — Leigh Dodds (@ldodds) May 12, 2016 We’ve been using the Freestyle Libre for just over a year now to help my daughter manage her Type-1 diabetes. I wanted to share a few thoughts about how well it’s been working for us. I […](image)