Mapping food production in Birmingham: Part II
An outcome of the first New Optimists Forum event last November was the notion of mapping local food production in Birmingham.
Hence on Friday I joined a meeting of four people, Dr Farida Vis (@flygirltwo), Andy Mabbett (@pigsonthewing), Andrew Mackenzie (@DJSoup) and Brian Prangle (community organiser for OpenStreetMap in Birmingham, aka Mappa Mercia), who together know more than a tad about (a) mapping, (b) data and (c) allotments and growing local food.
- Birmingham’s allotments, thanks to Brian, are now literally on the Map.
- On the Map, there are Council allotments, private or charity allotments (e.g. at Bournville) community orchards and a few other other food sources.
- How to edit Open Street Maps myself. Evidence that even a nork like yours truly can do it, note this apple tree off Nursery Road in Harborne is now marked there.
- It’d be really useful to have data on the Map about who owns what sites, in particular un-used brownfield sites.
(This data is held by the Land Registry, but isn’t opendata nor in the public domain, even when it’s publicly owned land.)
- There’s a dearth of data about allotments. (See this Guardian article by Farida and her colleague Yana Manyukhina last November; see also allotmentdata.org)
- Solihull recently opened two new allotment sites, with great services — proof it can be done!
- It’d take a day of a coder’s time to add a pop-up window so info about any item could be added by users.