We saw the potential for innovation during the flood events last winter when we released some of our flood data free of charge. Developers came up with a range of solutions to help – from a phone service that connects people with their energy supplier in the event of a power cut to an app that alerts Twitter users to volunteering opportunities in their local area.
We hope that removing cost barriers to our data through Open Data will create more opportunities for developers to create web and mobile applications for businesses and the public to help local communities understand their local environment and better protect themselves from flood risk.
As part of our commitment to make our information easily accessible and available, free of charge and with minimal restriction, I am pleased to say that our Risk of Flooding from Rivers and Sea datasets became Open Data on the 11th December 2014.
Making these datasets Open will allow users access free of charge, even for commercial use; enabling local communities to use our data to better protect themselves from the risk of flooding.
- Risk of Flooding from Rivers and Sea
A map showing the likelihood of flooding from rivers and the sea in England, considering the location, height and condition of 175,000 defences. Results show the annual chance of flooding - Very Low, Low, Medium and High.
- Risk of Flooding from Rivers and Sea – Properties in Areas at Risk
A database that uses the Risk of Flooding from Rivers and Sea product with Ordnance Survey data to assign one of the flood likelihood categories to properties simply based on the likelihood of flooding to the area the property is within.
- Risk of Flooding from Rivers and Sea – Postcodes in Areas at Risk
A database that uses the Risk of Flooding from Rivers and Sea product with Ordnance Survey data and Royal Mail data to show the number of properties in each postcode area that is in each of the four flood risk categories.
This is part of a bigger commitment for us and we continue working towards making the most of our information by prioritising which of our data to make freely available next.
The second meeting of our Data Advisory Group, chaired by Tom Smith, is on 16th December and I look forward to hearing the group’s view on which of our datasets would be most beneficial to be made openly available.
This is an exciting opportunity for our customers to have a real influence on the data we publish. I would encourage everyone, whether on the group or not, to keep up to date with the progress and we would value all comments and suggestions via our website, twitter feed @dataenvagency and @MirandaK_EA, or through email@example.com.