Mapping the Food Standards Agency reports

The latest updates to the map of food premises rated zero for hygiene standards are updated today at The Northerner blog.

I’ve started this process with five northern cities in order to reveal what lies behind those ‘scores on the doors’ as the detail isn’t revealed as a matter of course and people interested in what’s happening in the places they visit to buy take-aways, groceries etc. have to put in Freedom of Information requests if they want to find out more.

The map can be seen and interacted with here plus, if anyone wants to use it on their own website or blog, this is the code to embed it. (Simply enclose the start and end with < and > respectively) A link back so that I can track where it goes would be handy.

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I’d welcome some help to open files in other council areas if anyone wants to join in (it doesn’t have to be in the north) so have made a template of the FOI request and instructions on how to do this here.

My interest in this is to open up some information which I believe the public has a right to know while exploring the capabilities of this type of mapping projects using the open journalism toolkit I’m involved in developing at www.n0tice.org.

So please feel free to join in, use the code for your own projects or create your own crowdmapping initiative and let me know how you get on. Instructions on how to create and customise a map can be found here on the n0tice.org site.

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