Nestoria is a sweet UK-based tool for finding property. Not really what I’d usually mention on this blog but they’ve sponsored the initial work on mapstraction, which makes them very cool! You too should think this is cool because work like this allows more development of openstreetmap. I’ll let them explain why it’s a good idea:
Why does Nestoria sponsor Mapstraction? The past year internet users have benefited from an unprecedented level of innovation in online mapping. We’re interested in providing Nestoria users with the best possible user experience. Right now we think that means using Google maps. But in the future that might well mean using maps from someone else, perhaps even the open source mapping service being developed by OpenStreetMap. Mapstraction will give us the greatest flexibility to always provide you, the user, with a compelling mapping service.
That’s about 231 straight days worth of GPS data if you conservatively have it at 1 point a second. It actually represents a much longer time since a lot of people go out and collect track data for a few hours a day at most, and often at less frequent intervals than 1 hertz. The lucky point (48.30426, 11.919947) was in this GPX upload.
Juist finished my talk at Where 2.0. The IRC discussion is fun and being logged here from freenode and the where2.0 channel.
Interesting article from mikel: San Jose, largest city in Silicon Valley, is a rapidly sprawling suburban metropolis. This unsustainable mode of development is generally considered detrimental to open space, consumed by low density housing, energy resources, squandered on car dominated transportation, and community, split apart by satellite dishes and 6 lane roads. But what is bad for the environment is still brilliant for OpenStreetMap!
Mapstraction, the API which abstracts away the mapping API’s has seen quite a bit of work today, to the point that it now runs the google and yahoo versions of the site. Switching between API’s is now trivial! Well, for pubmap anyway. There is still a ways to go.
Nick Black is keeping a blog of his OSM activities which include his Masters thesis…
With Where 2.0 coming up it might be good to listen to last years where 2.0 talks on the excellent IT Conversations network. There are some good talks, you just hear them 9-12 months after the event it seems. O’Reilly are missing a trick, I think people would pay to hear them… or maybe they already do?
Here is an un-edited, powerbook-recorded mp3 of my talk at reboot 8 in Copenhagen. Here is a PDF of the slides so you can follow along. If someone wants to edit out the ‘ums’ and ‘ers’ or link the slides in to a proper podcast with garageband for video ipods please do! 🙂 here is a mind map someone made and here is the reboot wiki page relating to the talk.
MySociety have done some funded temporal travel maps which sort of follow on from Toms tube temporal maps. They interestingly put a veiled critique of the data access they had at the bottom:
‘Although the journey planning services and software we used were publicly accessibly, almost none of the other data is available unless you pay for it, or your work falls under an existing licencing agreement. So while we set out to demonstrate how easily we could make travel-time maps from public data, very little of this work could be cheaply reproduced or extended without assistance from a government department.
That’s unfortunate, because it means that innovative work by outsiders in this area can only go ahead if it’s explicitly sponsored by government. If all the data we’ve used had been available for free, somebody else might well have done what we’ve done years ago, with no cost to the taxpayer. We’d love it if others extend the work that we’ve done, but realistically there aren’t very many people in a position to do this cheaply.’
I guess they can’t bite the hand that feeds them too hard! 🙂
This post to the OSM mailing list kicks off the voting / nominating for the OSM Foundation initial board, with wiki activity too. This follows a past IRC discussion.