Wednesday, March 28, 2007

City-wide online green map

Ivor and I have been meeting recently with various groups who are interested in contributing to a city-wide green map. CSV already have a printed map of Hartcliffe and Withywood. Sustainable Southville are about to publish both a printed and online map of Southville and Bedminster. GreenBristol recently printed a map of Lawrence Hill in East Bristol. We will meet Keith Reay of the Chemistry Set on Thursday. Keith and others are interested in mapping Easton.

We hope that, together with Bristol Wireless, we can use Google maps and open layers to produce a multi-layered map of the whole city. Users will be able to upload their own multi-media content (eg photos/movies/audio) to any point on the map. Furthermore, we intend to make it accessible via mobile phone - including the uploaded photos/movies!

UK Digital Challenge/Connecting Bristol

Sunderland won the UK Digital Challenge. Bristol's entry - Connecting Bristol - was highly praised by the judges. This was inevitably a disappointment but local stake holders and supporters, known as the Momentum group, met the day after the announcement to discuss the future. GreenBristol's work is a showcase model for Connecting Bristol and Steve attended on its behalf. Sixty people were there and agreed that, despite this set-back, the group will press on with the basic thrust outlined in the original bid. Of course time-frames and the scale of developments will be affected. But an unexpected bonus was announced at the ceremony in London; £2 million is to be distributed between all nine runners-up. This funding, whilst modest, will assist Bristol in promoting and liaising between the many diverse projects contained in the original bid.

Green Awards revisited

Sadly GreenBristol didn't win at last year's Green Awards. But we all enjoyed immensely attending. There is a movie of the awards ceremony and some of the winners on the home screen of the website. Click on the Newsflash box.