We had some maps from our political pundit this week. The guys in News found the first a bit big for reading into Flash, the second had the points mashed up a bit. The same problem that we had a few years ago and when we decided to correct it all manually.
I decided this time to have a look at the Governments Open Data initiative which should give us the map data free. I downloaded from https://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/opendatadownload/products.html where you can also get map image data and postcode information. Downloaded the Boundary Line ESRI GB data (10/2010), about 270Mb. Also looked at the OS Vector District Map which gave a raster form for each OS square. The point data was huge and with all the errors of the previous dataset so I had a look at the MapPublisher plugin from Avenza to help clean it up.
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