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[liberationtech] Demand for UK flooding & river level data

Yosem Companys companys at stanford.edu
Fri Feb 14 14:00:05 PST 2014


From: Jack Townsend <jack at jacktownsend.net>

A big response from everyone on demand for UK flooding data. Couldn't be 
more topical! Have passed on to the Cabinet Office, and summarised here.

Jack


   - Nick Barnes, of climate code foundation and flooding victim who wrote 
   a blog post on this   
   http://climatecode.org/blog/2014/02/river-level-data-must-be-open/
   - London open data/big data startup Mastodon C<http://www.mastodonc.com/> want 
   flood data to combine with other city data that they are integrating on 
   their platforms and selling to city and other governments, policy makers, 
   developers and consultants. We are using this data to calculate a number of 
   scores for places such as social cohesion and sustainability. These can 
   then support planning decisions such house building and emergency response.
   - The Oxford Flood Network are keen to have better access to data so 
   they can build useful software for a flood-prone town as at the recent 
   *SusHack* <http://www.sushack.co.uk/> event. James Smith <
   james at floppy.org.uk>
   - Gamification of behaviour change app for climate adaptation using 
   flood data, produced at recent Cleanweb Rome hackathon by Cleanweb Scotland 
   lead Rory Gianni. He explains it here<https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=506699252781655&set=vb.271915992926650&type=3&theater>
   .
   - Rory was also looking for river level data to include it in a project 
   for OpenGlasgow initiative <http://open.glasgow.gov.uk/>. They want to 
   build a customisable dashboard of widgets which show a bunch of different 
   things about the city.
   - April Hack the Town Hackathon 
   http://hackathoncentral.com/winners_spring_2013/ on flooding, disaster 
   and emergency preparedness and response by residents and local government


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