Friday, 4 December 2009
Let me know what other subjects you would like to see: applications, licensing, technology etc
Wednesday, 2 December 2009
At the high level this is good, very good, not just for us at UKMap, not just for professional map users but for all levels of society that will now benefit from increased applications and services that will undoubtedly arise as a result of this.
But, and it is a big BUT, the devil is in the detail.
1. Specifically what datasets will be considered free, all down to 1:10k, vector and raster, ONS boundaries? Need a list!
2. Postcode boundaries to what level, areas- rubbish, districts - mmmm - Sectors - Ok, Units yes please, but doubt it?
3. No mention of the Royal Mail?
4. What will the extent of derived data be, just on those datasets that are free - very difficult to police, so all datasets?
5. What will be the definition of derived data be. I would say KISS, check out UKMap's view. The simpler the better, adopt a policy of cooperation and then go after obvious infringements and not scare everyone.
6. Implementation time, all go on April 1st (make that the 2nd)?
7. Derived data on archived material, surely it must relate to all data created not new data?
Key of course this represents very little revenue to Ordnance Survey, so it will be interesting to see what the quid pro quo is for them for taking this step. A more commercialised Ordnance Survey – watch out partners?
So roll on the 14th Dec - is the date I heard for the release of the consultation - and lets all make a positive contribution to the future of GI in this country.
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
Monday, 9 November 2009
This is great news for the mapping and location industry. Although full details have yet to be released, if the mapping follows the email we can all base our work on one Master Plan.
Immediate questions such as content, layers, scale, updates, release dates etc are all to be confirmed but I think this is a big tick for the London Olympics.
We might not have the biggest stadium but at least we can make it best located one!
Email text below:
"I’m in the process of creating an OS Licence free map based on the CAD Master plan of the Olympic Park.
As part of this process we will be creating a “Masterplan” drawing that we will be giving out to not only yourselves, but all mapping companies that is free of copyright.
This masterplan will be converted to SHP and Adobe Illustrator.
I will know more about the delivery date by the end of November"
Monday, 2 November 2009
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
Thursday, 8 October 2009
Thanks to our friends at Aerodata we have in fact already started the process by flying the West Midlands, Yorkshire, and Nottinghamshire areas of the country, with a digital camera at 10 cm resolution.
One unique part of our plan is to fly all year round - obviously only in good weather - but we feel this will give us the ability to collect all the imagery we need in a few years and will give the advantage of imagery without the blanket of leaves that accompany summer flying programmes.
Keep an eye out for more developments soon.
Tuesday, 29 September 2009
The updates are related to the pricing guide:
1. You can now order up to four UKMap tiles for your minimum order fee (a saving of £400!).
2. We have simplified our pricing structure.
UKMap with maintenance is now only £200/sqkm a saving of £160/sqkm
UKMap without maintenance is £140/sqkm.
Both these prices are for all 9 layers of UKMap - bargin!
The price list is focused on the 1 to 10sqkm, not 20sqkm.
For those who want areas above 10 sqkm please call us.
Look out for the new UK National Map Reference system - need to wiki this to explain more.
Friday, 25 September 2009
Sunday, 20 September 2009
We have tried to keep it simple to enable less onerous use of our mapping, but I just wonder how many will misinterpret this to be a licensing to mis use.
I hope not many, as for every time we see an abuse of our mapping we are then forced to consider amending our licence and then our EULA starts to become huge! Which defeats the object of all UKMap stands for.
Lets hope sanity prevails " use and not abuse" comes to mind. Time will tell.
Thursday, 17 September 2009
A photo taken by one of our field workers in south London. No injuries we gather phew!
More great sights to follow.
Wednesday, 16 September 2009
Wednesday, 1 July 2009
Thursday, 18 June 2009
Monday - Houses of Parliament to meet MP Mark Todd, spent an hour with him discussing governments view (or rather his view of it from the inside) on geographic data, trading funds and location issues. To sum it all - no real change for UK's trading funds too much else going on and no overarching policy/control, if anything more competitive trading funds.
Tuesday - finalised our demo data and started the process of cutting the data to service the 100+ requests - thanks for being so patient those who have sent back completed forms
Wednesday - GeoDATA 2009 - over 200 people listening to 11 different talks on GI data, meeting with 12 companies. A great day, we were very busy, huge interest - and yes pricing will be released - in September - and no we are not planning to do Cumbria!
Thursday - British Cartographers Society - guys who know about maps and creating them. Gave a paper on UKMap - stunned silence. They were figuring out what this means and how they can create wonderful maps with our data. Great stuff.
Friday - answering emails - don't have a 'crackberry'!
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
Full link http://www.obachi.org/2009/06/15/grid-reference-iphone-app/
Wednesday, 10 June 2009
Well, what a blast! We had our launch on Monday 8th at the British Computer Society with over 70 invited guests in attendance. It was really good to see such enthusiasm and excitement for what we have done. Excitement and geography don't often go together but this was one occasion it did!
We showed UKMap on a Mac (Ed was happy!) and in the usual GIS software. Our Oracle solution attracted much attention and a big thanks to the guys at STAR-APIC for pulling out the stops to deliver this.
Many of the guests were intrigued by our latest data collection device, supported by a grant from BERR we have created a rapid data collection PC complete with digital compass, camera, GPS and a bright screen - all with a long battery life and one that you can carry!
Our official press release gives some quotes from users, not for here, but we were genuinely surprised by the sense of surprise and awe at what we had achieved and for some how real this was as an alternative of other mapping sources.
Next up GeoData 2009, June 17th at the Emirates.
Wednesday, 3 June 2009
First one is at the Emirates Stadium on June 18th, and then we move on to Leeds, Edinburgh and Birmingham in the coming weeks.
We are really looking forward to getting out on the road and hearing what users have to say about UKMap. We take all comments on board, good and bad!
Pop along and get your first 'live' look at UKMap; GeoDATA is free and offers a great chance to see so many geo companies and technologies under one roof (CPD points available too), but register quickly as place are limited at this popular event.
Tuesday, 2 June 2009
Monday, 1 June 2009
The demo data request forms are working perfectly so if you haven't received a response, don't worry.
Our next step will be to send you a demo data licence, when you complete that we shall send you the demo data.
The demo data licences will go out this week for those who have completed a form.
Demo data, for those who have signed the licence, will go out in the week after after the formal public launch event to be held on the 8th June in central London.