Archive of: opendata

Santander Cycles at Christmas

Santander Cycles at Christmas

Whilst browsing some datasets in the new year we spotted that something interesting was going on with London's Cycle Hire scheme, Santander Cycles, during the festive period. It seems that Christmas Day sees a real spike in cycle hire journeys, but the nature of these journeys is very different to an ‘average’ day of journeys in December. This seemed like a great excuse to try out some symbology techniques and open the lid on Carto capabilities.

Happy New Year & Happy 2nd Emuversary

Happy New Year & Happy 2nd Emuversary

It’s gone faster than we could have imagined as we are about to celebrate our second anniversary (we formed at the beginning of 2015) and it’s fair to say that it’s been an exciting couple of years for us...

The Heights of England: The Technology Behind the Map

The Heights of England: The Technology Behind the Map

Last month we brought you 'The Heights of England', a map of building heights across the country. Many of you also asked for information about how we created the map. Happy to oblige, we're going to take you on a deep-dive into the technology behind the map and explain how we visualized 13,000,000 buildings without melting our servers or your browser.

Emu Analytics Featured in Environment Agency Article

Emu Analytics Featured in Environment Agency Article

Our Head of Data Insight recently made an appearance in an article published by the Environment Agency (EA), promoting the use of LiDAR data in startups. We use a lot of the open data outputted by the EA as part of their Open Defra programme and this was a great opportunity to showcase some of it and thank the EA for their work.

The Heights of England

The Heights of England

It's been a busy 6 months since we released our 'Building Heights of London' application and associated Open Data download based upon the Environment Agency's LiDAR data. Since then the Emu Analytics team has been busy working on a new dataset to allow us to output building heights across England and introduce our new Emu DataPacks product.

WHAT A TIP

WHAT A TIP

This week we are showcasing the work of our intern from last year, Alice Millard. Alice really impressed us with her ideas around applying GIS analysis techniques to environmental crime and fly tipping in particular. As a result, we asked her to join us for a short-term internship. So over to Alice to talk about working with a startup and applying GIS analysis techniques to real social issues...

PHEIDIPPIDES AND LONDON'S SORE KNEES

PHEIDIPPIDES AND LONDON'S SORE KNEES

It's April in London, which can only mean one thing - time for the London Marathon! Given the impact it has on the capital, we couldn't really let it pass without creating something for the blog. For those who might be wondering, Pheidippides was the Ancient Greek runner that legend says ran from Marathon to Athens to deliver news of a military victory…and inadvertently created one of the world’s great sporting events.

WAIT A MINUTE MR POSTMAN!

WAIT A MINUTE MR POSTMAN!

This is a bit of a surprise blog as we didn't know we'd be writing this a few days ago. We were approached late last week by somebody at Royal Mail enquiring as to how we might demonstrate value from some of their fixed infrastructure data in a really quick time frame, which turned out to be around 12 hours.

2 FOR THE PRICE OF 1

2 FOR THE PRICE OF 1

​As with all good January traditions we are doing a sale on blogs this week, especially as we didn't put one out in December. So to kick 2016 off you are getting 2 for 1 on content. We have been doing a lot of work in 3D recently and thought we would share some of the outcomes in calculating building heights using open data. There is also a chance to exercise your speakers, as we have updated our sound map from last year to cover more detailed noise pollution in central London.