BombSight - Mapping the London Blitz
BombSight is an interactive website mapping the London WW2 Blitz. Users can explore where the bombs fell and discover contextual information including memories, photographs, statistics and defence locations. The main datasource for this project are digitised 1940s bomb census maps. SpatialBit developed both the web front end, as well as a a robust, scalable and entirely open-source infrastructure to store, manage and serve the many layers of geoinformation to both web and mobile clients. The site is based on the Python GeoDjango web-app framework, supplemented by Geoserver, with the generated data hosted in a PostGIS database. The website in December 2012 alone had more than half a million unique visitors, generating around 4 Terabytes of traffic, and got picked up by over 30 news websites (Daily Mail, BBC News, Wired, Der Spiegel, Le Monde ... ) as well as reported on BBC London News, BBC Breakfast, BBC Newsnight and ITV News.
We are working with the Luxembourg state mapping agency ACT, to support and further develop the Luxembourg state geoportal. The GeoPortail API is a service platform delivering both data and functionality, enabling the integration in external web pages of the Luxembourg geoportal functionality (like Google Maps API).
This consultancy project involves the provision to the state agency of specialist technical and development resources, as well as supporting and promoting the platform to state, local government and business users. In parallel, we are also consulting a cross government department working group defining a licensing & sharing framework for government geodata, working towards opening government geodata to wider usage.
Industry Cluster Analysis & Visualisation
We have extensive experience in the capture, analysis and visualisation of industry clusters. For UCL Advances, the business and entrepreneurship promotion arm of University College London, we developed a comprehensive database of innovative tech startups for 8 cities across the world. This database enabled the development of a comparison of activity patterns and the development of a TechCity Atlas, with innovative visualisations of entrepreneurship patterns. This cluster database was also used by other clients such as StartupIntelligence for their cluster reports.
OSMBuzz - OpenStreetMap Change Visualisation
OSMBuzz visualises random near real-time updates of the OpenStreetMap crowdsourced mapping database. This is an experiment in the analysis of and visualisation of dynamic and spatial big data sets.