Code The City 3

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Aberdeen, 7-8 February 2015

This edition of the Code The City sessions particularly attracted an OSM input.

Project suggestions

Linking existing council data resources - and their archives

Following FOI request logs

Community centre skills exchange - also reporting and results on activities

Distributed research on local area, "dashboard" for local events (a bit like ALISS but by and for organisations?)

Links to relevant data

"Match the city" social network map

Cove in Bloom by

Gmap of aberdeenshire, NE scotland schools :/ - these are manually contributed from the Aberdeen city archivists and hosted on Google Maps Engine

GMap of air raid incidents in Aberdeen:,-2.121391&t=h&source=embed&ie=UTF8&msa=0&spn=0.06519,0.145912&z=12&mid=z8RRvQYE6Eh4.kO6dzF4En4RM

Local history archives for air raids, maps:

Online exhibition of air raid materials from Aberdeenshire schools:


Angus council are meant to be paragons of open source GIS and open format usage

Aberdeen council are running a CKAN instance which migration issues is holding data back for

Planning / roads folks are tied to the official corporate address gazetteers - "definitive national address system for scotland" -> improvement service -> one scotland gazetteer

OSM support materials for Aberdeen workshop Overpass query for schools by neiljp

Aberdeen area: boundingBox=-2.345,57.067,-1.875,57.216;

Or more limited: -2.19822,57.1085,-2.06290,57.21849

And in overpass order: 57.09373813394136,-2.2137451171875,57.21607653580686,-2.0101547241210938

Example geojson gist of extracted Aberdeen cycleways:

Example of a past user edit to a cycleway:

General cycling resources from OSM - shows NCN official routes

Cycle facilities queries

Using Overpass_turbo

 This query looks for all nodes and ways marked as cycle paths in overpass - zoom in on Aberdeen
 // gather results
   // query part for: “cycleway=*”
 // print results
 out body;
 out skel qt;


Disconnected items in the catalogue - hierarchical organisation, ranked rather than linked, investment in knowledge by archivists - doesn't match user expectations

category filtering, cross-referencing - "we already don't catalogue properly" "somebody extracts a title" - a DRY approach to hierarchical data - thus date ranges disconnected from record types

sub-series and sub-collections

archival technical terms, catalogue specifics, contracts to maintain :/

access (use of interface) & *re-use*