Pee-democracy: Opening Data to the Great British Public Toilet Map

  • Jo-Anne Bichard
  • Gail Ramster
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 373)


This paper and the accompanying poster will present a case study of the development of The Great British Public Toilet Map through the use of UK open data. The map acts as an information resource but also as an access point for members of the public to campaign for open data to be released concerning publicly available toilet provision in their local area. In addition, the map also provides members of the public, who may be unfamiliar with the concept of open data and the possibilities for greater e-democracy it may hold, an entry point for engagement through the seemingly mundane, yet essential issue of public toilet provision.


Open data e-democracy participatory design public toilets 


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jo-Anne Bichard
    • 1
  • Gail Ramster
    • 1
  1. 1.Helen Hamlyn Centre for DesignRoyal College of ArtLondonUnited Kingdom

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