Video talks by Hans Rosling are well worth watching including on TED, Vimeo and YouTube. He lays out statistics on population growth and child mortality.

Posted in General | Leave a comment

look at ‘An open national address gazetteer’

Recent Government report looking at An open national address gazetteer. This report is quite detailed. It covers situation at moment and how might move forward. It highlights limits of use of postcodes as already openly released in CodePoint and suggests to wider use of either Unique Property Reference Number (UPRN) and/or a fuller set of open addresses.
I myself am keen organisations move away from reducing addresses to just what is required by the Royal Mail to deliver the post; as the use of Postcodes and ‘Post town’, that are setup to reflect routing and delivering of mail, over actual localities (villages, towns, hamlets or suburbs) together with counties, has distorted much understanding of place.

Posted in General | Leave a comment

Old Ordnance Survey Map

Posted in General, Maps & GIS | Tagged , | Comments Off

Mish Mash of Musings

I often have odd musings that are worth blogging about but find limited time to blog. So here is just mish mash of pointers.

Baby Lead Weaning (BLW) has worked really well over more traditional spoon feeding of purees for us with our son. It was difficult at the start when you wanted to take a short cut with a spoon rather than give him time to explore and learn developing his own autonomy. But is has worked out very well and he eats a wide range of foods. We are very proud of him when other compliment him on what a good eater he is now. It all fits in with latest research and advice on introducing foods to babies. Listen to edition of Naked Scientist podcast covering food. And BBC news online reporting research that Spoon feeding ‘makes babies fatter’. BLW has helped my diet too, when we used the steamer more, and cut out the salt.

Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt was a good read and useful; feeding into books and articles reading on child development.

And on a totally different note I have enjoying reading blog articles by Adam Curtis after previously appreciating several of his films.

The daffodil bulbs that we planted last autumn are starting to come up in our garden. The one’s Ulla planted in October in the front are coming on much better than those I planted last December in the back. The green inf front of us could do with some blubs too. I always enjoyed see in the early spring bulbs on Muirhouse Medway when I had a view over it from my previous flat. There are some similar in Pilton Park borders towards the Council housing office. I notice these on way back from North Edinburgh Arts where we attended Family fun day on Saturday. We usually go to CREATE there.

Posted in Choices, General | Tagged , , , | Comments Off

Addresses in Scotland

You can look up addresses in Scotland in the One Scotland Gazetteer.

It is good they provide a search facility where one can lookup the Unique Property Reference Number (UPRN) for a premise, as well as check where located.

I could not find some flats at first if don’t match way record held. The search is not as good as could be as does not seem to search all fields in the record, and the result does not display all the fields I assume recorded from BS7666 spec, I am particularity interest in the locality, as opposed to just the town. But at least it is some access to these records.

Posted in General, Maps & GIS | Comments Off

Council Garages in Edinburgh

I obtained some information on Council Garages using under Freedom Of Information (FOI) request. I had asked for some info in a normal postal letter to person at Edinburgh Council who deals with garages but with no response as expected, I asked for more under FOI.
Those live near these garages and are interested in renting one might find this snapshot list of vacant ones useful. Although it is already out of date, as our old garage became vacant on 1 July 2011. If you are interested in renting one contact Edinburgh Council to put yourself on waiting list.

The list shows that the waiting lists are not that big in many places, where vacant garages even exceed those on waiting list, and most of those on the waiting list only want particular garages.
There is a disabled rate of 59.65 pounds a quarter and then the lowest normal rate £99.45 which had gone up several times in past couple of years after many years that was stable at £75

I am not surprised they can not give me admin costs as these merged in with general department admin, and to break down would be more admin overhead and difficult to get true reflection of shared costs.

But I think it shows that council housing department are getting a good income from garages, which given the utility of garages is due to housing around them seems fair enough.

I personally think they should remove rule that need to be used for cars, and invest in much more secure doors.

Edinburgh Garages 05/07/11 (PDF)

It is pity information is in form of a pdf not in csv or actual spreadsheet so I could more easily work out percentages.

here is extract from their reply:

Thank you for your request for information which has been dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. Unfortunately, the Council is able to meet only part of your request, namely the information on the attached spreadsheet (sic). A detailed explanation of this is as follows;

Appendix A
Garage statistics – this includes the quarterly charge, the number of garages per location, the number of occupied and unoccupied garages and of those unoccupied garages which are not lettable.

Appendix B
The income and repairs financial information currently available.

Appendix C
A full list of all unoccupied and unlettable garages.

The garage charge is set annually and is agreed by the Housing & Regeneration Management Team prior to going to Council committee for approval

The Council does not hold the following items of information which you requested.

- Reason why the garages cannot be let
- Time taken to let out a garage
- Number of days in any given year the garages are occupied
- Cost of administering garages (although cost of garage repairs has been supplied)
- Future plans for garages

Please note that this letter constitutes a formal refusal notice under section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Posted in General | 1 Comment

Addresses: moving in right direction with GeoPlace

Update July 2011; GeoPlace is now up and running .

GeoPlace™ – a government initiative for national addressing

New agreement set to create a single address database
LGA media release – 3 December 2010

FAQ (pdf)
GeoPlace™ Q&As [lga.gov.uk]

New national ‘address book’ to be free to emergency services [communities.gov.uk]

The Register
UK.gov: One address-location database to rule them all
Mighty GeoPlace to emblobbenate private & public data

Although this move does not free up the data, it removes some obstacles on
the way to achieving that, as well as being worth while for society in it’s
own right with data of Ordnance Survey’s Address Layer 2 coming together with
the local government’s National Land and Property Gazetteer .
Do I feel a ‘Free the UPRN’ effort in mould of the ‘Free the Postcode’ effort taking shape
as Unique Property Reference Number (UPRN) become more used?

More links:
UK Location Council Welcomes Geoplace

GeoPlace Q&As [www.nlpg.org.uk]

Links to related information & past debate around the web:

Pitch for Utilities to use NLPG [aligned-assets.co.uk]

post-office-and-os-relax-copyright-and-licences-uk-address-and-coordinate-data [data.gov.uk]

national-land-and-property-gazetteer-nlpg [data.gov.uk]

unlocking-service: National Street Gazetteer [opsi.gov.uk]

unlocking-service: NLPG [opsi.gov.uk]

Is-the-campaign-won? What-do-you-think? [freeourdata.org.uk]

Street Naming & Numbering (local authorities web search)


BBC: Postcode rebels picket Royal Mail’s headquarters

Lookup location by Postcode:


Mapit also includes Lower Super Output Areas which the Indices of Multiple Deprivation are indexed against as well as census data.

Posted in Economics / Politics, General, Maps & GIS, Technology | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment