January 2016 meetup at the National Library of Scotland

Cross-posted from This evening I’m at Open Knowledge Edinburgh Meet Up 19, at the National Library of Scotland on George IVth Bridge, organised by OK Scotland. I’ll be liveblogging so, as usual, any corrections, tweaks, comments etc. are very much welcome. Tonight’s event has seven lightning talks: Gill Hamilton (NLS): Welcome Pippa Gardner (Urban Tide): Scottish Government more »

Getting the Measure of Scotland’s Air Pollution Problem

Air Pollution in Scotland Air pollution concentrations are so high they are breaking national safety standards and damaging health in many parts of Scotland. Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen, and even less likely places such as Inverness, all have Pollution Zones where toxic air levels regularly break Scottish regulatory standards — standards which were due to be more »

Open Council Tax

After rent and utilities, council tax is often the greatest expense in keeping a roof over my head. When I was last looking for a flat in Edinburgh, I wanted to see a map of council tax rates across the city to help me choose an affordable place to live. Unfortunately, the City of Edinburgh more »

Scotland’s Open Data

I recently spent a couple of hours throwing together a list of resources about open data for an informal tutorial targeted at undergraduate students involved in the Smart Data Hack. Part of my input was a list of Scottish public data and vocabularies compiled in 2010 by Peter Winstanley. Since then, I’ve been wondering about more »

March 2014 meet-up at Napier University

March’s Edinburgh Open Data meet-up returned to Edinburgh Napier University’s Merchiston campus, kindly hosted by Peter Cruickshank of the Institute for Informatics and Digital Innovation. The evening featured the usual eclectic showcase of interesting open data projects, and livestream recordings of the meet-up are available here: Part 1: National Records of Scotland, Sally Kerr, Tim more »