The “Big Society” features as a key part of the coalition government’s legislative programme, aiming to decentralise control of public services and to empower local communities to manage and deliver services that better meet local needs. Over the past twelve months I have been involved in an AHRC Funded Connected Communities project involving researchers at the universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Liverpool and Portsmouth, where we have been examining the various ways in the “Big Society” concept can be defined, measured, and more importantly mapped.
As part of this ongoing work we have created the following website (http://measuringbigsociety.org/) containing a short animated film about the Big Society and a survey where you can tell us how well you think Big Society will develop in your area?
A month or so ago (again, trying to catch up here!) I spoke at the annual PLUG conference in London. As always, lots of very interesting talks about National Pupil Database applications and developments. All the talks are available on the PLUG website – link. My slides were as follows…
If we assume that taxi are the generally present in areas where people
are, this could be a useful source of population mobility and certainly the sort of data which may be useful in real-time geodemographics.
I have blogged about the newly launched London Data Store elsewhere, however I thought I would post a quick (actually not so quick given our ArcGIS liscence server died today) post about a mashup I created today using the CASA software GMapcreator and website Maptube.
Anyway, you can view the map here – it shows deliberate fire incidents in London.
When I was in primary school, the height of geek cool was to be a proud owner of a leather bound set of Encyclopedia Britannica. By the time I reached secondary school, this had been replaced with the Microsoft Encarta cd-rom and access to a family PC. The recent work of Rob Matthews (left) as part of his Brighton Graduate Degree Show reminds me how far we have come.