Britain from Above


BBC’s Britain from Above (presented by Andrew Marr) is a nice “about Britain” series (see Coast and Great British Railway Journeys for other examples), whose theme is taking a look at Britain from an aerial perspective.

The first (and best) episode features 24 hours in the Day of Britain, and has dynamic mappings of lots of GPS logs from planes, trucks, ships, etc., which are just too cool for words. The bit about how the end of Eastenders causes a power-surge as everyone simultaneous boils a pot of tea, and the stress that causes the managers of the electric grid, who need to import electrons from France, is just one of those things you never think about, especially in the US. (I have seen stories about water pressure drops at half-time of important sports events).

There are also really nice pieces comparing aerial footage from just after World War II with what is there now, matching the shots exactly so they can be faded in and out.

BBC says it is all available, (if a bit decontextualized), on the website, I saw the full episodes in HD.

I wish we had this show in the US.

Science, Copyright, and Free Inquiry

Lawrence Lessig talks about The Architecture of Access to Scientific Knowledge arguing academic journals should be freely accessible by the general public, not just the academic elites. We of course already believe this, which is why we launched the Free, Open Content Journal of Transport and Land Use.
Further, the evidence is that open access journals have a citation advantage (Swan “The Open Access citation advantage”).

The Architecture of Access to Scientific Knowledge from lessig on Vimeo.

(Via Kelly Clifton.)