Author Archives: Steve Coast

WhereCamp 5280

I’m at WhereCamp5280 in Denver, Colorado. 5280 refers to the number of feet in a mile since Denver is the mile high city. There are some great talks here and the conference is free and extends to tomorrow, Saturday 16th August so come along.


I did a talk about OSM of course and then Peter organised a group discussion on OSM in the USA (see above). It was really quite something as it was the first time we had a group of people who are already doing things with OSM. People from USGS, ESRI, universities and companies who are using the data and running events like mapping parties. Of course we’ve had impromptu groups like this in Europe for the some time, and BOFs at things like Where 2.0 in the US. But, from my experience so far the ones in the USA have mainly been people new to the project. So, it’s a milestone for the US community, and it’s great!

Webmonkey talk OSM

Unlike some crowdsourced projects that have fizzled, OSM has managed to attract a large following of enthusiastic contributors who constantly “trace” routes they take by car, bike or foot. Users tag points on their routes, and share the resulting places of personal interest on the maps with other users. Some of the bigger map providers also offer such geo-tagged metadata, like Google’s MyMaps.

Check out the webmonkey article over here.

OSM in Qt on the S60

Cool post:

Like I promised few days ago, here is the demo that shows tile-based OpenStreetMap rendering on Qt/S60. If you never heard of OpenStreetMap before, it is “a collaborative project to create a free editable map of the world” (from its Wikipedia entry). You can try it at It might not be as complete as other maps solutions, but surprisingly, OpenStreetMap coverage for many world big cities are detailed enough for most users.

OSM in The Guardian

Good article:

For five years, people have been contributing to OpenStreetMap – the Wikipedia-like attempt to create a free, user-generated map of the world.

Thanks to the project, millions of people now use free maps online or on their phones, and OpenStreetMap covers large swathes of major cities around the globe. In fact, it’s got so much information that some users in Germany are now plotting incredible amounts of detail – such as the location of individual trees.