at an innovation event this Thursday 26th April from 3pm at the Tramshed, Cardff. This is an end-of-project event organised by our sponsors at the Welsh Government so we’re looking forward to seeing what the other invitees have been up to, too.
It would also seem to be a great excuse to show off our map, again:
[ which now displays events on a slippymap ! ]
Tickets for Cymru Arloesol: Technoleg Cymraeg 2050 / Pioneering Wales: #Cymraeg2050 Technology Cardiff can be ordered here .
Let’s say that you’d like to add the Welsh language version of a street name, e.g. Heol Y Prior in ‘Caerfyrddin’ [Carmarthen!].
Click the ‘Search’ button in your OpenStreetMap window, and type in the place name in English.
Then, click on the appropriate name on the list that will appear on the left-hand side of the screen (making sure that you click on the right kind of place; for instance ‘Residential Road’ in this example as it could be a street, town, area, etc). The item you’ve selected will appear in red, with all the information relating to it listed on the left, as is shown here:At the moment, this feature has no Welsh language name, so let’s go ahead and add it to the map!
Click on the triangle next to the Edit button at the top of the page and select ‘Edit with iD (in-browser editor)’
The map will appear as follows, with the feature that you’re editing flashing red:
On the left-hand side of the screen, under ‘Name’, you’ll be able to see a small cross [or add sign symbol] ‘+’:
When you click on the cross, additional dialogues will open.
Start typing ‘Cymraeg’ [Welsh] in the first box, and then select ‘Cymraeg’ from the list that appears in blue.
In the second box, write the correct Welsh language place name for the feature you’re editing.
After making your edit, remember to press the ‘Save’ button at the top of the page.
The website will ask for a ‘Changeset Comment’ where you should explain any changes you’ve made. This allows other users to see why you’ve made the change, so that they can verify it’s been done correctly.
You can also add ‘Sources’.
Press ‘Upload’ …!6.: Congratulations, you’ve contributed to our map! The new Welsh name will appear on OpenStreetMap.cymru once the new data set has been updated overnight (and we will do our little happy dance!)
A small social enterprise called Democracy Club develops tools to make it easier for UK citizens to exercise their vote effectively. One of these tools is “Where do I vote?” Give it your postcode and it tells you which polling station you should go to. Where do I vote? is apparently one of the most Googled terms on UK election days. They have an elegant tool but they need the information on which addresses vote at which polling station. In Wales this information is held by local councils. Democracy Club asked all Welsh local councils to provide this data in time for the General Election in 2017.
How did Welsh local authorities do?
Fourteen councils provided data (green in the map), eight councils did not (red in the map). The same data is in a table below. There were some problems with the Cardiff City Council data and a few specific areas of other councils.
Overall the 92,000 searches of WhereDoIVote? made for Welsh postcodes, 51,000 resulted in people being told their polling station. Which is nice for 51,000 voters but disappointing for the 41,000 people who didn’t get a result.
This is a good litmus test for how local authorities approach open data because:
Democracy Club is after a specific dataset, they understand the data and can help with any questions council staff might have (they make it easy for the councils)
if the council provides the data it will directly benefit their citizens
the council definitely holds the data (it needs it to send out the polling cards that so many people apparently mislay by polling day)
So if councils can’t give Democracy Club this data, it is a signal that they have quite a long way to go in understanding the power of opening datasets. We’re interested in developing a scorecard for Welsh local authorities in terms of open data. Should we include providing this data to Democracy Club in that scorecard do you think?