allmapdata Presents ‘Play With Data’ Workshops On Friday Mornings

allmapdata Play with Data sessionsallmapdata now offers ‘Play with Data’ workshops on Friday mornings, encouraging new and existing customers to come into our offices and get to know specific datasets a little bit better, and to explore new data options, approaches and techniques to get the best results from the data used.

Offering coffee, donuts and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, Director David Cockrell has held these workshop sessions regularly since late 2015, saying: “We find the sugar rush ensures high energy levels for everyone involved. The fundamental concept we’re going for is to get people out of their offices, free them from normal distractions and everyday pressures in order to focus on new, innovative things and ways of thinking.”

The informal workshops allow us to get together with our clients in order to get a better sense of how they are using their geographical data, and how they’ve been integrating it in their software systems including GIS, route optimisation, mobile data terminals and commercial Satnav systems. In return, we recommend new methods for integrating their data, as well as offering additional bespoke data that we feel might help to take their geographical awareness further.

Most recently, our Data team met for separate sessions with two of the UK’s top retailers. The first workshop had the charged and experimental atmosphere of a hackathon, as the two teams came together to discover new ways of looking at INRIX Roadspeed data in London and various other geographical areas in the context of home delivery.

The next session looked further afield as the Data team and another leading retailer took an improvisational and fast-paced approach to the difficulties faced by their delivery network in Poland. Seasonal mapping was the flavour of the session, with these condition-based diagrams accessibly and adaptively prescribing delivery routes based on a series of seasonal considerations. The factors interrogated by the groups included extreme weather conditions and the need to avoid densely-populated tourist areas.

Ultimately, these breakout sessions have consistently highlighted the importance of reliable geographical datasets, and our dataset packages have been shown to address a range of problems. For example, many of our clients have sighted a frustration with international postcodes, which are often non-consecutive; this type of problem and more can be easily overcome with our Boundaries datasets.

allmapdata’s ‘Play with Data’ workshops present a fun and casual space for discovering and exploring a range of geographical data types, including:

-Navigation and Speeds for routing engines
-Postal Point and Geocoders
-Premise Addresses with Rooftop co-ordinates
-Business Locations & POIs
 Email David at or call allmapdata at 020 8568 7000 to talk about arranging your own session.