Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Find by Postcode: Some useful links

Whilst on my searches I found a heap of websites that allow you to use GIS/Geolocation/Gazetteer API with or without registration... and also some others:

http://www.nearby.org.uk/ - quite a lot of resources by Postcode... conversion to and between coordinates/coordinate systems ... downloadable bounding boxes that cover the World / UK and work in Google Earth...

http://openspace.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/openspace/ - "The OS OpenSpace API is free to access and lets developers create amazing web applications and online projects with Ordnance Survey maps." But it's not just for developers... visit and see what you can do...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:United_Kingdom_Parliamentary_constituencies - of course Wikipedia has so much information ... and helped sort the Wards between the Constituencies... and the Wards amongst the Local Authorities... There does not appear to be a relation between Constituency and Local Authority... except that a ward in a Constituency is in a local authority... but a ward in a neighbouring Local Authority might also be in that Constituency... the borders are set by theBoundary Commission for England (source Wikipedia).

http://www.election-maps.co.uk/index.jsp - This looks like the kind of website I should have looked at as I was starting... It allows you to search by postcode or by place / LA / Constituency... and shows the area covered on a map... you can highlight the boundaries on the map... get a lot of information by postcode... but it's not as open in terms of letting developers mash it up... There's a lot of information on each level of government and the different levels of constituency... under 'Useful Facts'

http://www.parliament.uk/ - This was referenced by the above under 'Useful Facts' ... this is one website that we had been using to find out information by postcode... this links us by postcode to the relevant Local Authority's website... Use the 'Find Your MP' search facility halfway down the page. I can email my MP from this page... or use a link on the left hand side to get a full list of MPs in their constituencies... very useful... (when it comes to filling out that part of the database...

http://mycouncil.direct.gov.uk/index.html - Connect to your Council ... Enter your postcode and select the service required...
Report Graffiti, report a pothole, find out about planning permission... and so on.

http://www.theyworkforyou.com/ - Keeping tabs on the UK's parliament and assemblies... Find out what the MPs are saying.... (some useful API here - requires registration and fair use)

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/HomeAndCommunity/index.htm - The government's Home and Community website .. with links to masses of information and services ... Fire Safety, Housing, Buying Selling Renting a home, Getting Involved in Community, Planning Permission, reporting Flooding ... and more...

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/index.htm - Find local services from this site - enter postcode on right hand side...

http://www.nhs.uk/servicedirectories/Pages/ServiceSearch.aspx - Find your local Health Services, Doctors Dentists and so on..

http://www.sitefinder.ofcom.org.uk/ - Find local Mobile phone masts by postcode or placename

http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/31650.aspx - Check your risk of flooding ... enter your postcode on the right hand side....

http://directgov.transportdirect.info/Web2/Home.aspx - Travel between 2 points in the UK - by car / public transport / etc - calculate CO2 emissions for your journey.

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