I was just talking to someone in a local council about the fact that they’d opened up the location of 27,000 streetlights in their council area. They wanted to know if FixMyStreet could incorporate them so that problem reports could be more accurately attached.
This conversation reminded me that we’ve had an informal wish list of geodata for FixMyStreet for some time. What we need is more data that lets us send problems to the correct entity when the problem is not actually a council responsibility.
I’m just posting these up to see if anyone knows a guy who knows a girl who knows a dog who knows how to get hold of any of these datasets. In some vector data format, if possible, please!
- Canals and responsible authorities
- Supermarkets (esp car parks) and responsible companies
- Network Rail’s land
- Council owned land
- Land and roads controlled by the Highways agency
- Shopping malls
- National parks
- BT phone boxes (the original problem which inspired FixMyStreet)
So, do you know someone who might know someone who can help us improve FixMyStreet? And guess what, if we do add this to our web services, you’ll probably be able to query them too.
Have duly forwarded this to a man at British Waterways who knows where the canal data is kept.
I wonder if you could get the supermarket data from OpenStreetMap?
National Park Boundaries:
Downloadable in ESRI shapefile or MapInfo TAB formats
I’ve requested a GIS-dump of the Highways Agency roads & land:
There are PDFs of their bridges here, with Northing/Easting, which could be useful, so I’ve also asked them for a CSV version.
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I did find out that trunk roads (ie which will include the Highways Agency ones) are flagged as such in the free OS datasets (Meridian 2 & OS Vectormap District), but I’m not sure if they’ll be at detailed enough levels for FixMyStreet. I think they’re stored as lines rather than shapes.
Data supplied by the Highways Agency to the National Street Gazetteer was supplied to me in response to an FOI request:
I’m not sure how useful that is, but it does contain geolocation data of some sort (as OS grid references) – I haven’t yet made any attempt to analyse it myself so I don’t know what can be mined from it.
Some of this data may be published in a more directly accessible form as part of “UK Location”, discoverable through data.gov.uk next year. Initially OGC WMS, then Download services (shape files, OGC WFS). Unfortunately not necessarily all under the OGL. And I guess you will need the relevant attribute information to tie it back to the contact point responsible for the upkeep of the ‘real world object’. This may not necessarily be in the published service.