[OSM-talk] BBC Berkshire's Google Maps flood mashup

Robert (Jamie) Munro rjmunro at arjam.net
Tue Jul 24 12:23:48 BST 2007


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Richard George wrote:
> frankie roberto wrote:
>> http://www.cybersoc.com/2007/07/bbc-berkshires-.html
>>
>> Seems like a prime example of why 'mashups suck and cartography matters' to me.
> 
> It's still massively more useful than the pitiful mess that the 
> environment agency are providing though...
> 
> (cf:
> http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/subjects/flood/floodwarning/Thames.html
> - Geographical regions provided as a list of obscure placenames.
> 
> http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/subjects/flood/826674/829803/858477/?version=1&lang=_e
> - play "spot the link to the map"
> 
> http://maps.environment-agency.gov.uk/wiyby/wiybyController?topic=floodmap&ep=map&lang=_e&x=524045.0&y=175685.0&scale=5&layerGroups=1,&layerGroupToQuery=1&location=SW15%201EN
> - Mapping by crayon, blurry photocopier, and unmarked bills from 
> property developers
> 
> http://www.ononeblog.com/?p=28 / 
> http://technology.guardian.co.uk/weekly/story/0,,2118152,00.html
> - no, we're not allowed to make this data usable
> 
> http://maps.environment-agency.gov.uk/realtime-flooding-map
> - Yeah, right
> )
> 
> I'm sure you've seen a few of these before, but the current chaos 
> underscores just what a mess the current government data provision is.

This is the perfect opportunity to use http://writetothem.co.uk/ to ask
your MP to ask the Environment Agency why they don't share data about
floods, e.g. to http://ononemap.com/. Especially as I got a server
timeout error from http://maps.environment-agency.gov.uk/ earlier (but
it was only once, and a reload of the page fixed it straight away).

Robert (Jamie) Munro
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