Monthly Archives: March 2010
Radio 4 maps series
It’s all up online as it gets broadcast each week:
LinkedGeoData Google Code Project Started
It will take a while for the code to be usable externally, but you can already use the issue tracker to add (or vote for) bugs and feature requests.
Locatum: Outing the OS “policy options” ‘consultation’
In the intervening months you may have observed (as I have not been ‘anon’) various comments I have made to various posts and other blogs (I can’t remember them all now so no links!) correcting factual errors and establishing a soap box of sorts from which to contrast and/or challenge in a “you can’t prove that your emperor has any clothes” kind of way some of the statements, demands and assumptions of the ‘georati’ (?).
Now of course you may argue that I, on behalf of emapsite, have an agenda of my own, what with being an OS Premium Partner (that’s value adding reseller) and all. You may be right and I am not going to be sharing corporate information here so you’ll just have to speculate but on the whole you won’t find me hiding behind some smoke-screen of nobility and social good. Actually, on the one hand I am 100% behind the release of data sets under some kind of OS Free in support of these kind of activities, mashups etc, unhindered by the derived data nonsense. On the other hand I give short shrift to a number of things:
– that data (in this context OS data) is ‘expensive’
– that large scale geographic data has a high price elasticity of demand
– that there are businesses going out of business or not come into business because data is so ‘expensive’
viewranger now supports OSM
“The global launch comes as ViewRanger adds OpenCycleMap and OpenStreetMap to its ever-growing range of mapping data. “
Isometric OSM maps
OSMers crash Google MapMaker ‘mapping party’
Project of the week of March 21, 2010 — Retail therapy
Retail shops and services on Main Street
Few things demonstrate the character of a small town like the shops on
the main street. Even as smaller towns suffer from urban sprawl,
big-boxification and online shopping, some Main Streets survive and
even thrive. Let’s make sure that those Mom ‘n Pop operations, the
general stores and the barber shops that serve as the cultural hub of
their community have the benefit of being on the map. The project of
the week for Mar 21, 2010 is to map a block or more of retail shops.
Map the shops and services on your favorite Main Street. Substitute a
shopping plaza or mall should you not have a Main Street at your
disposal. We’re looking here for places that hang a sign with their
operating hours and who expect folks to come walking in the door with
a head full of dreams and a pocketful of money, and walk back out with
a product. (Okay, services too.)
Add the cafe, the burger joint, the barbershop, the lawyer, the
library, bank, general store, movie theatre and post office, … all
those places on Main, between Pine and Maple.
Find more details on the Project of the Week page:
Photo credit, ccby kevindooley on Flickr
What do you wish you’d known?
What are the thing or things you know know that you wish you’d known when you started with OpenStreetMap?