Indicies of Multiple Deprivation

SNS website uses Open Street Map as background mapping to show areas of Multiple Dreprivation.

Equivalent statistics for rest of Great Britain uses Ordnance Survey (OS) mapbase.

If you apply for a online quote for a Gas Service pipe (new or alter) in Wales or West of England then can mark up on large scale OS Mastermap.

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Use Encryption

There are many ways I recommend to use and deploy, where you have opportunity, encryption, to keep your privacy, and encourage others.
This blog is not available via SSL/HTTPS but I am considering it. The extra cost including of certification of certificates are an issue though.
Although CAcert is a poor man’s alternative but gives most users poor expeiriance but better than nothing and considering using for at least own blog login.
While the recommendation use of HTTPS/SSL (padlock next to browser address bar) is established where using forms to supply personal information , there is now more to encourage us to adopt SSL/HTTPS everywhere: not just from the EFF but also Google encouraging use of SSL/HTTP everywhere (video).

You can check how good SSL of a website is via:
https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/
http://toolbar.netcraft.com/site_report

and if you do run a web server check out: https://wiki.mozilla.org/Security/Server_Side_TLS

Email Server to Server encryption:
https://starttls.info/
https://ssl-tools.net/mailservers/

Email End to End encryption:
GnuPG
OpenPGP best practices
My old PGP page

Before passing personal details via a website:

You may wish check site domain ownership using whois:
https://whois.domaintools.com/

To check status UK companies:
https://ukdata.com/
which is website I use but there are others that nay have better interface and search to same data and if you need copies if annual accounts etc get them for free from Companies House or direct from company in question.

Details of US companies:
http://www.corporationwiki.com/

as well as general websearch.

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Future Energy

I recommend detailed but readable reports from Carbon Connect.
Look out for Future Heat series coming on tails of Future Electricity Series.
They are preparing them now.

Government releasing interesting Energy stats and reports including household energy usage breakdown from the National Energy Efficiency Data-Framework (NEED)

Pity licensing issues mean that Address-level data from the National Heat Map only available to local Authorities.

David Mackay still makes an interesting contribution.

I am wondering if there is good carbon saving to be made by City Centres using district CHP systems distributing low grade waste heat as steam for use in summer for cooling using Absorption Chillers like in New York. The switch to Gas (methane) powered CHP is a greenhouse gas emission saving over Electricity presently used for cooling, and even better if bio gas is used, with utilization of gas, distribution and CHP assets throughout year. But would need to get critical mass and retrofitting would be barrier but might free up space in buildings.

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GB Addresses

I have followed the saga of opening up Address datasets in UK.
If we can not open PAF or NLPG then let build an open set.
See some developments:
http://knowwhereconsulting.co.uk/twos-company-threes-a-crowd/

This would hopefully be opportunity to get away from distortions of the PAF’s POSTTOWN based on delivering mail.
e.g.Penistone is not in SHEFFIELD, even if PAF has it as POSTTOWN for addresses in Penistone, Yorkshire.

Let get to know our Traditional Counties again.

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Population

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.

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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.

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Old Ordnance Survey Map

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