Monday, 20 July 2020

Cottenham Open Manifesto

Local Community Engagement 1234567891011, 12 & 13


[ Update: Item #5 has already started  at ARU Peterborough, see bottom clip ]

The previous post tallied three series - community engagement, and geo-info and pandemic maps & stats - since starting cottenham.info almost 18 mo. ago. Not only will Anthropocene East Anglia give a geo-historical framework for it all, it also highlights the opportunities and challenges in the future, which we proposes to address. Let's detail our proposed road map issued from all this as well as discussions with local councils, ecologists, and neighbouring village revival planners:

1) re-wilding, forests need to be restored - for ex. expanding current remnant woodlands some of which are coppiced as in Gamlingay Wood - so the entire woodlands husbandry industry can be revived and areas possibly expanded into sustainable alternative agro-economy




2) likewise the restoration of wetlands - as around Peterborough right now - forms part of a countrywide undertaking, to return to:
  •  a fishing economy - a healthy and moderate alternative to red meat, as a renewable resource if done right - as still seen in the current rural areas if one knows where to look
  • a sedge economy - returning grasslands into originally managed waters edge reed beds (in conjunction with re-wilding above) that not only expand hedgerows as wildlife havens (why restrain it along a line when you can spread it on a surface are?), but allows to grow prime materials renewably for roofing (thatch is still the most efficient heat insulator), cane and willow crafts (fences, green fences on one hand, and basket weaving and  other arts that will help us return to pre-plastic sustainable, fixable and affordable household goods) - a described here and below:

  • Wicken Sedge Fen

3) re-canalising, restoring ancient waterways to their original state:
  • alternate transport to polluting, noisy & invasive roadways, that pushes traffic away from villages (a new idea that could be spread to England using its canal network the country has turned its back on - viz. restoration plans just outside Cambridge and in Surrey for example)
  • expanding the Norfolk Broads boating holidays inland idea to promote stay-cations - like the sail clubs in Waterbeach and Huntington, in coordination with existing campsites that are a sorely underutilised resource - to help promote a tourism economy

4) reviewing and restoring topographic infrastructure:
  • bank-and-levée (described here) restoration or construction and maintenance along inland rivers as below, also a source of work toward a sustainable infrastructure 
  • reviewing coastal inundation defence infrastructure against high tides and storms that are increasing in frequency with climate change

  • dredging boat at Clayhithe (geograph/Sutton)

5) revival of colleges peppered across rural areas to create local skilled  manpower relearning and reteaching all of the above to help face an uncertain future [ see update at bottom ]:
  • this could be one focus of bringing in seniors out of retirement to meet young adults and share their knowledge as proposed in a mock press release
  • this will create generalised education at the base for local employment, rather then peak researchers to be siphoned off by multinationals, which we haven't seen discussed so far


6) (re)creation of local government programs &/or philanthropic support/investment to promote local skills and industries to:
  • replace "Brefugees", those  returned to mainland Europe après-Brexit
  • help (re)launch businesses in a different configuration post-pandemic, based on local talent and initiatives with different focus mentioned above

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Here are the resources brought to bear from all we've done already on open data:
  • OS Open Greenspaces depicted here
  • Digital terrain and flood risk & sea level rise modelling in greater detail than here
  • OS Vector Tiles from newly released OpenData to (re)map those networks and analyse them
  • our Wikimedia data and ONS population distribution (bottom of this post), even looking at poverty maps to find areas that could use a boost

The plan is to put together as a three-part electronic portfolio:
  • a process portfolio linking workflows, costs and resources via linq.it
  • 'story map on steroids', using Esri's new Experience platform:
    - currently used to make "digital triplets" of our dashboard with a "single URL to rule them all" for desktop, tablet or mobile usage: bit.ly/CamCOVIDinfo
  • wrap all this on Wikimedia to make it open, public and searchable
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The ultimate goal is to not only revive local infrastructure and economy, but to "return people to the land" - not necessarily in agriculture per se, but to raise our awareness of the environment we live in - that separation is clearly documented among East Anglia children - how can we sensitise our selves never mind tackle climate change if we're detached from our surroundings? - and since children will inherit what we propose, we must help create an environment receptive to tackling climate change. Only then will we have the basis for a resilient society to face the issues to come.
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Update to 5) that's already started (from LinkedIn, may need screen refresh): 

Saturday, 11 July 2020

Cottenham Open Status Quo

[ Update: next post entered into listing below as #13 ]

Terry Jackson and I started cottenham.info almost 18 mo. ago, so perhaps it's time to look at what we've prepared so far, in order to frame the Manifesto in our next post.

Friday, 10 July 2020

Coronavirus daily update - Part VI

[Update: on 28 July both cases and deaths appear to be flattening at last, stay tuned!
Update: NHSx cases pass the ¼M mark with uptick and without "flattening the curve"  ]

The previous post and its updates showed the progress of NHSx and ONS daily and cumulative numbers of COVID19 cases and deaths, ending with some internal consistencies in NHSx reporting. Those appear to have been remedied now.

Friday, 12 June 2020

Coronavirus daily update - Part V

Update 4: another week another uptick, more on health data trials&tribulations next
Update 3: the uptick smoothed... but "flatten the curve" certainly hasn't happened yet!
Update 2: and right on cue: UK coronavirus cases no longer falling, ONS figures show
Update 1: an uptick in ONS deaths reported a week behind matches last week's uptick in NHSx cases... flattening the curve? Not!  ]

Previously we reported on extending COVID-19 datasets down to Ward (MSOA) from County (UTLA) level. To recap, NHSx post cases and deaths from hospitals in a single dashboard, whereas ONS post death data across many systems with geo-socio-economics. And while we report on the highest geographic granularity publicly available, at the country level weekly reports are the common denominator across agencies. ONS posts data weekly 2-4 weeks behind depending on scale as discussed before, whereas NHSx posts daily 1-2 days behind also discussed before. Having calculated weekly data from NHSx to match ONS time stamps. they're graphed here (click images to enlarge).

Saturday, 6 June 2020

Coronavirus daily update - Part IV

[Update: see next a wrap-up of COVID-19 cases & deaths data across NHSx & ONS]

The last update added ONS' COVID-related death data, which augment the cases and deaths posted by NHSx at the Local Authority level akin to Counties. The post ended with: Data will be added as found and/or made available: the goal is Parish-level data to mash up with our climate change maps. We already added in the second last update a map from Cambridgeshire Live, and we now see in Cambridgeshire Independent ONS "death data by ward and by villages".

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Digital terrain models help create a picture - Part II

[ Update: see new arcgis.com interface for another view of this here & under Update 5 here ]

The previous post showed how digital terrain, surface (add buildings & vegetation) and elevation (detail topography) models highlight geomorphology (land features) and infrastructure (roads, canals etc.). That was in the Cambridgeshire area of the southern Fenlands of East Anglia, as a complement to sea level rise models from coastal inundation, as well as flood risk maps from rivers and from sea.

Saturday, 23 May 2020

Digital terrain models help create a picture

[ Update: next post discusses same in the East Anglia coastal area of the Fenlands ]

The previous blog showed how to effectively portray coastal inundation, as it progresses inland from the encroachment of sea level rise. These were base on 30 m. resolution Digital Elevation Models (DEM) from OS OpenData as explained previously here.

Thursday, 7 May 2020

Low tech / high tech map updates, Part II

[ Update: the next blog details and updates this via a story map and new data ]

Part I showed how high contrast map symbology of Sea Level Rise can be transferred to a paper map to take around events. When asked if I could scan and reprint that paper map, I thought: why print a hand-transfer, why not print the digital original? Better still: why not try and enhance that digital map to really give an impression of sea level rise gradually invading the land?

Friday, 1 May 2020

Coronavirus daily update - Part III

Update: see further updates at higher granularity geography in a later post
Also ONS numbers updated weekly maintain the difference with NHSx below]

Following on Part II adding local data for East of England, let's add weekly deaths (two weeks out of date) from ONS here and here, including counts outside of daily hospital deaths (two days out of date) from NHSx. Here is a graph of the raw data collected from both sources, since end-January onset of the pandemic in the UK.

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Coronavirus time-enabled maps - Part II

Following on the initial post, this is a presentation live-streamed on YouTube below - thanks Daniel P. Hoffman for organising How to do Map Stuff yesterday! - liner notes are below that, ten-slide intro and step-by-step after that. Note that while data are open and the process can be done on any platform, the coxcomb symbology (slide 21) is ArcGIS Pro, tho someone may redo it elsewhere?