Mentions of work by mainstream and specialist press, both locally and internationally. I have also included a limited number of social media links (mainly Reddit) where mentions on these generated an interesting discussion.


DataShine and CDRC Maps

Cycling visualisations

Other work


  • London Transport Museum’s Sense and the City exhibition (2011-2012)
  • CASA Showcase at Walking on Water – part of Grand Designs Live (2014)
  • DataShine is featured in the Smarter Cities exhibition at New London Architecture (2014)


  • European Union Open Data Challenge – First prize, visualisation stream
  • JISC Geospatial Programme 2011 (jiscGEO) – Best Developer Team
  • FOSS4G 2013 Conference – Best Web Map
  • Bonnington Trophy – Best contribution to mapping (2013)
  • BCS Avenza Award for Eletronic Mapping (2015) (for DataShine Census)
  • Highly Commended for BCS Google Award for Election Mapping (for DataShine Election)

9 replies on “Media”

Dear Sir/Madam,

I hope this message finds you well. I am writing to request your assistance with a research topic and to inquire if you happen to have any relevant information.

My name is Pedro Pablo Gonzalez, and I am a student pursuing a Master’s degree in Urban Planning and Economic Development at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. My thesis topic involves exploring the relationship between a bike-sharing system and the city characteristics that affect the adoption and usage of bike-sharing services by users. I have attached a letter of validation from my university regarding my research.

To conduct my research, I am seeking data from 100 different cities in various years. Some of the variables I need to include, for a period of 12 months in 2022:

the cumulative number of users up to 2023,
number of bicycles,
number of stations,
start time,
end time,
start station,
end station,
type of bicycle,
user type,
km bike lane

I understand that obtaining this information may be challenging, but I would appreciate any available data you may have or any leads to sources that can help me with my research.

Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter. Please let me know if you need any additional information from me.

Hi Pedro – drop me an email at o.obrien (at) and I’ll see what I can do.

Oliver – thank you for your work on the site. I have shared it with hundreds of people and taught them how to interpret the results.
Your map results continue to present in a blurred fashion for the last few months. Will you have a fix for this?
I’m an old urban & regional planner, geographer and, in more recent years an historian specializing in medieval history. My area of concentration is societal development as a function of talented people agglomerating for survival, and to move their families and their communities of people forward.
Regards, David Arscott, Austin, Texas

Hi David, Named has always shown the results in a blurred, low-precision way – designed to preserve the privacy by not showing indivdiual results and also highlighting the inherent imprecision of the results – our data not being complete nor up to date.

Could you disambiguate some of the Wikipedia place links in your Olympic torch relay map? e.g. “Warton” should be “Warton, Fylde”. Many thanks. Great map by the way!

It would be a quite a job to go through all 1019 Wikipedia links to do that – they are auto-generated from the source data file information. I agree, not ideal!

Thanks for the reply, Oliver. I suspect most of those links will be unique and require no change. I’m sure someone at Wikipedia would be glad to help if they could.

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