[Humanist] 23.787 Ordnance Survey searching

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Fri Apr 30 09:48:14 CEST 2010

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 23, No. 787.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Thu, 29 Apr 2010 22:35:58 +0100
        From: Stuart Dunn <stuart.dunn at kcl.ac.uk>
        Subject: Search Ordnance Survey OpenData through Unlock Places API


With apologies for any cross postings. This news heralds many interesting possibilities for some A&H research... 

We're happy to let you know it's now possible to search and re-use 
Ordnance Survey OpenData sources through EDINA's Unlock Places service.

Unlock Places was created for software developers working in a research 
context, providing search and query of geographic shapes through a web 
API, with data returned in formats suitable for re-use on the web.

Ordnance Survey datasets available include Boundary-Line, with 
administrative boundaries for the UK; the 1:50K gazetteer for 
contemporary placenames; Code-Point for conversion of postcodes into 
points and vice-versa.

These data sources can now all be searched and re-used freely without an 
API key. Registration still gives Digimap OS Collections subscribers 
search across places and shapes derived from Ordnance Survey MasterMap.

The Places gazetteer powers EDINA's Unlock Text service for text-mining 
and georeferencing research archives. This service extracts references 
to place from text documents, web pages or XML metadata, and links them 
to geographic references in a gazetteer. It is developed in partnership 
with the Language Technology Group at University of Edinburgh.

Get started with the Unlock Places API:

Detail of updates to the Unlock Places API:

Try the web version of Unlock Text:

Questions? Ask jo.walsh at ed.ac.uk Problems? Try unlock at ed.ac.uk



Dr Stuart Dunn
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Centre for e-Research
King's College London


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