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How to save a pub using the internet

(and nick lots of data)

BarCamp London 4 - May 2007

richard pope

The Queen Pub in Brixton

photos from Urban75

What it looks like now :(

How did that happen?
Answer:
Arthur Dent Syndrome

the plans were "on display" in the basement of the planning office, where both the lights and stairs had been removed, in an old filing cabinet locked in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying "Beware of the Leopard".

Data distribution is all wrong

Planning Alerts tells you what's being built where you live

Sends you emails like this

Email is passive, keep an eye on what's going on in your community with little effort

How it works

Simple right? No.

Lots of people writing little bits of code (any language welcome)

This works well, but still 80% of the effort

Think what we could do if we didn't need to beg and steal?

Not an isolated problem

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