VoteUK - Updates


After the tragic death of Ernest Marples, I'm sorry to say that the site fell in to a bit of disrepair. With no postcode data and no new boundary data, it looked like VoteUK was going to be permanantly out of business. Thanks - once again - to the clever-clogs at TheyWorkForYou, at least half […]

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VoteUK - Some Minor Setbacks


One of the problems with creating a service which deals with elections, is that boundaries change.  One year you might be in the Electoral Constituency of Woking, the next year it might be Guildford.  Boundaries have to shift in order to keep each MP with roughly the same number of constituents. The work to determine […]

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VoteUK - Some Progress!


As you may recall from previous instalments of my thrilling blog, I'm trying to find the location of every polling station in the UK. This is proving to be rather tricky - if not impossible.  The  data aren't centrally held and, in any case, polling stations aren't announced until an election is called. So I […]

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Citations


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Sometimes people are kind enough to cite my works in their books, research papers, and reports. Here is an incomplete list: 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Acknowledgements Tweets Miscellany 2009 Donate Minutes Via Your Mobile Bogdan, Pamela AM. Methods, systems, and computer program products for mobile network subscriber […]

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OpenTech 2010


A quick report on OpenTech 2010 - the London event for geeks interested in Government data, openness and generally doing good things with tech and data. I attended last year's event which inspired me to create my "VoteUK" service for the 2010 general election. I had considered doing a talk about the trials and tribulations […]

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I Love Open Source


As I mentioned in my last post about VoteUK, I found the TheyWorkForYou API to be a little lacking when it came to image sizing. I posted a request asking if there was a pattern to the image sizes and, if not, was it possible to have the sizes returned in the API. The "standard" […]

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Free Our Postcodes


VoteUK is no more.  In order to precisely show you where your electoral registration office was, I needed to take its postcode and covert it to latitude and longitude.  That's the service Ernest Marples provided. A few days ago, the Post Office - in their infinite wisdom - set their legal dogs on those running […]

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