Author Archives: Steve Coast

OSMers crash Google MapMaker ‘mapping party’

What do you do if you find out Google is having a mapping party in Minsk? You turn up and tell everyone about OpenStreetMAp and the lay in to MapMaker’s “Batty moderation system”

No mention of Evil-doing though.

OSM accepted as mentoring organization for GSoC’10.

Rajan writes on the OSM list:
Congratulations OSM Community, OSM got accepted as mentoring organization for the third time in 2010. Thanks to Graham for his much appreciated efforts and Ian for his valuable comments/suggestions. Now, this means, that OSM will get student programmers to work on some much needed project implementations, and Google will sponsor them. Few mentioned here -> , please feel free to add/edit the same.If you are a student, consider participating the same by submitting your proposal. To begin with, explore Project ideas page, and/or create draft of your proposal here -> . 

Maps on Radio 4

With thanks to those who put this text together on the mailing list:

Starting on Monday, 3.45pm for 15 miniutes every day for 2 weeks(?) …

‘On the map’, presented by ‘Map addict’ author, Mike Parker

Full list of programmes is (with key words), 3-45 to 4pm Radio 4 each day:

Mon 22nd – Map makers – OS
Tue 23rd – Mapping the metropolis – Manchester and A-Z London
Wed 24th – Motoring maps – road atlases and satnavs
Thu 25th – Social mapping – mashups and crowdsourcing
Fri 26th – The lie of the land – borders, stats, politics
Mon 29th – World View – territories, travel
Tu 30th – Off the map – military
Wed 31st – Whose map is it anyway – future of OS
Thu 1 Apr – Digital maps – OpenStreetMap and the future
Fri 2 Apr – Maps of the Mind – Archers, mental maps

State Of The Map 2010 » Ericsson sponsor of SotM10

Ericsson sponsor of SotM10

EricssonWe are proud to announce the first sponsor of the State of the Map 2010 in Girona: Ericsson.

Ericsson Labs, provided by Ericsson, is a portal on the web that contains beta enablers and applications, and provides an open environment for sharing information with application developers, technology partners and consumers. Ericsson Labs provides several map APIs that support OpenStreetMap for both mobile and web platforms.

Ericsson is a world-leading provider of telecommunications equipment and related services to mobile and fixed network operators globally. Over 1,000 networks in more than 175 countries utilize our network equipment and 40 percent of all mobile calls are made through our systems. We are one of the few companies worldwide that can offer end-to-end solutions for all major mobile communication standards.

Also interested in sponsoring the State of the Map 2010? Contact the organising team for more information and to receive our sponsorship brochure at

CycleStreets hack day

“Lessons from the Developer Day
On Saturday we held an intensive but successful event that focussed on the development challenges for CycleStreets. It was attended by computer scientists, software engineering professionals and webmasters who have experience in managing online services. This summarises some of the stuff we talked about.

Processing OpenStreetMap (OSM) data to build a Graph for Cycle Routing

We began by focussing on how CycleStreets processes OSM data into edges and vertices that can be used by a routing engine.”