We launched our latest GeoVation challenge last month with the aim of helping communities everywhere to address their unmet needs through the application of geographic data, skills and expertise. We’ve had lots of people register on the GeoVation Challenge site and so far we’re getting some interesting ideas on ‘How can we transform neighbourhoods in Britain together?’
We identified 104 problems such as:
- How do we provide safe environments for our children to be active?
- How do we connect people looking for work with those that need their skills?
- How do we ensure public services and resources are accessible for all ages?
- How do we make our high streets an attractive place to run a business?
People have been getting busy adding ideas to solve these problems and more. One idea is for a Community Hyperlocal Site Platform – a ‘one stop shop’ platform to find out what is going on in your neighbourhood .As well as providing community information, it will deliver information provided by councils, Central Government and other bodies through the use of Ordnance Survey’s Code-Point Open and 1:50 000 Scale Gazetteer to facilitate searching and present results as a map or list. Many local communities find the cost and lack of resource a barrier to hosting their own websites, this idea will allow them easily set up a site and use it to inform local people and bring them together.