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Month: April 2010

Sharing Resources

Sharing Resources

You may not know but I work for Garsdale Design Limited and our work requires a lot of research, we use many websites in the course of our projects for information and research.  The list is very large and so we have decided to share these website links as well as reviewing and giving mini-guides to their use.   It’s part of a small publicity drive, but we benefit also by being able to access these links regardless of our location (did I say homeworking?!).
  

Our Heritage Specialist has started by sharing History, Heritage, Building Conservation and Archaeology links these can be found on Garsdale Design’s Resource Pages.

Please feel free to have a look at these pages, its very much work in progress at the moment and deciding how best to manage and display these links is a challenge!

Opinion and Info: Google Enables Maps Navigation for UK users

Opinion and Info: Google Enables Maps Navigation for UK users

Okay this is really only relevant if you have an Android phone with 1.6 or above on it (like my HTC Magic).  As reported on The Guardian by Jemima Kiss:

Google’s satnav killer – now released for the UK
In November 2009, it was the launch that satnav manufacturers were dreading; Google Maps Navigation, which effectively turned any mobile phone into a GPS navigation tool but with the familiar features and ease of use of Google Maps. And it’s also free.

You can read the story by following this link http://bit.ly/aIx3fC

For those with Android phones (1.6 and above) if you have the most recently updated Maps version you should be able to get directions from A to B and there will be an option to ‘Navigate’, click on this and away you go….

I’m not really sold on the idea that this is a satnav killer, sure it’s good and free (and worries people like Garmin and TomTom).   However, it does however require you to have a good internet connection.   That is great when you are in the more populated areas, but you trying using google maps in a GPRS only area! Or better yet somewhere with patchy mobile coverage i.e. the countryside.

Perhaps I should quote Google as well when I first click on Navigate:

Google Maps Navigation is in beta. Use caution.
Do not manipulate this application while driving.   Traffic data is not real-time, and directions may be wrong dangerous, prohibited or involve ferries.
Keep your eyes on the road!

So why Google would I use it? It looks like this software for my phone may get me injured, arrested or on a ferry!

Don’t get me wrong I love Google Maps especially on my phone (I’ve used it when I need a location of a shop in town), but for navigation whilst driving an application like CoPilot Live is much better.  For starters I don’t need an internet connection to find my way!  Incidently

For more information on Google Maps and it’s navigation features goto http://www.google.com/mobile/navigation/

OS Data in ArcGIS a little taster

OS Data in ArcGIS a little taster

For those of you not in the know the UK’s Ordnance Survey have released some data to play with.  I just thought a quick preview of what you can display would be in order.   The following screen capture shows Strategi and Codepoint data together, codepoint is a csv file for each postcode area so I’ve added headings to the csv and then add them as XY data in arcgis.   Okay I haven’t sorted the labelling out but I am just exploring at the moment….

The green lines are national park boundaries and yes I am aware of what the Yorkshire Dales National Park boundary near Sedbergh looks like…

Ordnance Survey Releases Data – No its not an April fools joke!

Ordnance Survey Releases Data – No its not an April fools joke!

Updated: The Twitterites inform that this is a faster download link:
http://parlvid.mysociety.org:81/os/

Well it finally happened some nice big datasets are now available, visit these sites for more details:

http://data.gov.uk/data/publicbody/Ordnance%2520Survey

https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/opendatadownload/products.html

I will hopefully have an opinion on what’s been released later but for the moment just enjoy the idea that you can easily (provided the server is not down) download (shapefiles and the like).   Select the data you want (either as a DVD or download) then give them your email address, they will then send you a link for downloaded your fresh datasets.

I have downloaded the boundaryline dataset and opened it up in ArcGIS, it even has Parish boundaries…. now what do I do with it all?

Keep trying on the site as it obviously has been working very hard this morning to stay afloat!  My suggestion is to wait until the evening (or a couple of days) to do the downloads.