Reading a BBC News magazine on Is CCTV creeping too far? just now, I wondered:

  • are councils required to publish details about the location of CCTV cameras they operate, or is this information FOIable?
  • is location data available regarding the placement of at least council operated CCTV cameras?

asked 20 Jan '11, 10:48

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Lichfield District Council's is here:

It's not a required thing, but we just did it ;)


answered 20 Jan '11, 21:43

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I'm pretty sure this kind of info is FOI-able too, quite a few on Whatdotheyknow:



answered 21 Jan '11, 09:52

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edited 22 Jan '11, 00:17

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That's handy... where data is the focus of a request, I wonder if it would make sense to try to aggregate data collected from similar FOI requests to different places?

(21 Jan '11, 11:22) psychemedia ♦♦

Nice idea. It does depend on what data is held. Sometimes a council may only have a street or generic location, not necessarily lat/lng or easting/northing. Most councils will have it on their GIS systems though, so it could be that the request specifically asks for data from GIS systems.

(21 Jan '11, 11:24) pezholio

I was about to make this point on your OUseful blog, and wanted to use CCTV as an example. Given the failure of a suitable uk based public data set to appear, like this one, perhaps there could be a means of kicking off a "programmatical FOI bot" to go and start getting it, or, adding the request to the OPSI Unlocking Service, asking members to consider voting for it and/or submitting it to the Transparency Group at too. Kinda "we found a hole in the data" T'would help a LOT of we (well, anyone really) can then go on and list examples of things that could be done with that set.

(21 Jan '11, 15:37) PaulG
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