The Unlock blog has been quiet for a couple of months; since we added Ordnance Survey Open Data to the gazetteer search the team members have mostly been working on other things.
Joe Vernon, our lead developer, has been working on the backend software for EDINA’s Addressing History project. This is a collaboration with the National Library of Scotland to create digitised and geocoded versions of historic post office directories. The sneak preview of the API is looking promising – though i agree with the commenter who suggests it should all be Linked Data!
Lasma Sietinsone, our database engineer has been working on new data backends for Geology Roam, the new service within Digimap. She’s now finally free to start work on our OpenStreetmap mirror and adding search of OpenStreetmap features to Unlock’s open data gazetteer.
I’ve been putting together a new project which has just started – CHALICE, short for Connecting Historical Authorities with Links, Contexts and Entities. This is a collaboration with several partners – Language Technology Group, who do the text mining magic behind the Unlock Text service; the Centre for Data Digitisation and Analysis in Belfast; and the Centre for e-Research at KCL. The CHALICE project arose from discussions at the wrap-up workshop on “Embedding GeoCrossWalk” (as Unlock was once known). It will involve text mining to create a historic gazetteer for parts of the UK in Linked Data form.
I also worked with Yin Chen on a survey of EDINA services with an eye to where use of Linked Data could be interesting and valuable; then took a long holiday.
So we are overdue for another burst of effort on the Unlock services, and there should be lots more to write about here on the blog over the coming weeks and months.