Walking the line

Representations of space, in this case the London Underground tube lines, just do it for me.  For whatever reason maps make me go weak.  The notion of ‘control at a distance’, the sense of  ‘managing’ something in the abstract appeals to me [maps are such a ‘man’ thing aren’t they?].  Anyway, I know, there are lots of beautiful images of the underground [and some bloody useful one’s too].  This one is another addition and is neat because it is released under a GDFL licence

Created from GPS data and similar to the sort of ‘bottom up’ geograhic data structures that are starting to eat away at the Ordance Survey and other State bodies that charge for geodata. The Ordance Survey is consequently wising up and helping people to convert data into different formats [perhaps so that people will use their data too rather than workaround it though until they have a less restrictive terms of use this is hard to imagine]:

The aim to increase the intercompatibility and usefulness of spatial datasets
throughout Great Britain is what we call ‘joined-up geography’, and
it is a central strategy of Ordnance Survey.

Sign this petition if you disagree with State bodies charging for ‘public’ data for use by individuals and non-profit making organisations and want to push for a more open[source] database.