If you live in the UK (or are just interested in improving their access to data), you can now add your idea to a growing movement to make more public information available to the public. A competition called Show Us A Better Way, from the UK government’s Power of Information Taskforce, has just been announced which offers prizes of up to 20,000 pounds for ideas for new products that utilize public information. One of the examples of data sources that can be used are the Ordnance Survey maps available through the OpenSpace beta . Many of the other data sets available, such as Carbon Footprint data or FixMyStreet.com are also crying out for spatial solutions, so if you have an idea, be sure and submit it before the competition ends at the end of September. According to the FAQs, you do not have to reside in the UK, but all solutions would be implemented for use in the UK.
Via The Guardian