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SOTM 2008 – Call for venues

July 12th-13th, 2008. Put that date in your diaries for next year’s State of the Map conference. The location? Well, that’s where you can help.

The OSMF has not yet settled on a location. It doesn’t have to be in the UK again – but it could be. It doesn’t have to be ‘terra incognita’ for OSM (not much mapping was done at Manchester) – but, again, it could be. But here’s what it does need to have:

  • Enthusiastic local OSMers who can help organise it, and who have good contacts with potential venue. Manchester worked so well because there were people on the ground prepared to put the hours in.
  • Good transport links. We want to encourage at least as good a turn- out as this year, hopefully better.
  • A site equally suitable for learning, discussing and socialising.
  • A technology-aware venue – obviously, we need projectors, Internet connectivity, etc.
  • Like everything else in OSM, this is a call for volunteers – but the OpenStreetMap Foundation will, of course, pay reasonable expenses involved in arranging the venue. If you’re prepared to help OSM by putting the time in, you won’t be out of pocket.

    SOTM 2008 on the OSM wiki | SOTM 2007 website

    SOTM 2007 was a huge success. Let’s make 2008 better still.

    SOTM 2007, Manchester, UK

    Mapping Parties, Demos Talks – Its all happening in Victoria, Canada

    by Nick Black

    OpenStreetMap is coming to Victoria, Canada. There’s going to be a load of OSM related activities in the city that boasts Canada’s mildest winter temperatures.

    OpenStreetMap Mapping Party Sat 22nd – Mon 24th September
    OSM mapping around the conference area Monday 24th September
    OSM talk at FOSS4G Tuesday 25th September
    OSM demo session Wednesday 26th September
    Post FOSS4G Code Sprint Friday 28th September

    So if you are in the area, come along and join in the mapping fun. The usual stuff applies – its open to anyone, we have GPS units, its fun, sign up here

    Holland is 5% done

    The Dutch Statistics department calculated that there is 141,251 km of road in the Netherlands. In the OSM database 6,833 km are accounted for. That is almost 5%!

    From the big cities, the following is done:
    1. The Hague: 545 km
    2. Amsterdam: 403 km
    3. Utrecht: 313 km

    Rotterdam is almost white space. It needs another 2,100 km! You can help this weekend!

    The top 10:

    1. Nuenen, Gerwen en Nederwetten 46.8%
    2. Heiloo 45.8%
    3. ‘s-Gravenhage 43.5%
    4. Leidschendam-Voorburg 38.8%
    5. Schermer 32.9%
    6. Delft 29.2%
    7. Utrecht 27.0%
    8. Boxtel 26.8%
    9. Waterland 24.4%
    10. Bussum 23.9%

    We are almost done in Bennebroek: only 21 km to do! (of a total of 21 km).

    Essen

    Lots of developers at the linuxhotel in Essen, Germany for the developer weekend.


    Right now it’s Saturday morning and we’re making a quick mind map of people and interests.

    More as the weekend continues… I didn’t get round to updating this what with lack of connectivity these past few days so have a look at the results page

    OpenStreetMap subsidised in the Netherlands

    The Dutch branch of OpenStreetMap received a grant of 12.000 euro! The goal is to organise ten mapping parties in the coming nine months. Focus will be on mapping Amsterdam, Rotterdam and the Hague and – most importantly – to get the community jump started in the Netherlands.

    Last week was the first try-out party. With a group of 10 people we started with the centre of Amsterdam. Check out the results:
    !