Feeds

British Waterways charity mapping data handed to Google for free

We're just so lucky they want it

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Google has gotten its hands on the GIS data for all of the UK's waterway paths for its Maps without handing over a penny.

The Chocolate Factory will download British Waterways' GIS (geographic information system) info into its cartographical app to tell Brits where picturesque paths for walking and cycling are.

GIS data combines mapping, statistical analysis and databases to give detailed information for maps.

British Waterways, which currently holds the data, told The Register that Google's main contribution would be to help promote the waterways and encourage people to use them, rather than any kind of payment for the information.

British Waterways is in the process of handing over responsibility for the nation's waterways to the Canal and River Trust, which will be a charity.

"We are well aware of the commercial value of the data," the spokesperson said, "but this is consciously a longer term partnership which includes further exciting and beneficial initiatives, details of which will follow in due course."

"As a partner, Google will help attract visitors to the towpath and we know, as a charitable cause, that those visiting the towpaths have a far greater propensity to volunteer their time or money towards helping look after the nation’s historic waterways."

Google refused to comment on the GSI data slurp.

The Chocolate Factory also wouldn't say if the plans were going to bring it any closer to introducing bicycle routes to its UK Maps.

Cycling routes were introduced in beta form for the US in 2010, but there has been no news on when bikes will be offered as an option on UK maps, which at the moment provide car and public transport routes, as well as walking routes in beta. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
BOFH: WHERE did this 'fax-enabled' printer UPGRADE come from?
Don't worry about that cable, it's part of the config
Azure TITSUP caused by INFINITE LOOP
Fat fingered geo-block kept Aussies in the dark
You think the CLOUD's insecure? It's BETTER than UK.GOV's DATA CENTRES
We don't even know where some of them ARE – Maude
Want to STUFF Facebook with blatant ADVERTISING? Fine! But you must PAY
Pony up or push off, Zuck tells social marketeers
Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!
Weekend woe for BT as telco struggles to restore service
Oi, Europe! Tell US feds to GTFO of our servers, say Microsoft and pals
By writing a really angry letter about how it's harming our cloud business, ta
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Simplify SSL certificate management across the enterprise
Simple steps to take control of SSL across the enterprise, and recommendations for a management platform for full visibility and single-point of control for these Certificates.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.