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WhereCamp 2010 is going to rock the world


Tell your 500 best friends to come to WhereCamp because with free, unticketed entry WhereCamp 2010 is set to be the best yet!

Just as with previous WhereCamps, this is an unconference, anyone and everyone is welcome to come and discuss local, maps, augmented reality, open standards, open ecosystems and more! 

Join us for two days of fun and participate as much or as little as you wish. Sessions are organized in a bottom up way where any participant can propose a talk, topic or discussion which are held in multiple streams in multiple rooms. 

Expect late night werewolf games, music, geocaching and more tomfoolery should be expected and encouraged.

* Check out the blog:
* We’re twitter-literate!

WhereCamp is at teh gooooooooooooogolz:

April 3/4 at Google Campus
1300 Crittenden Lane, Mountain ViewCalifornia 94043

This is right after Where 2.0 ends.. ..and then the party really starts.

Please let us know you’re coming so we can gauge how much food we need over here.

Time is Curious

Time is Curious

March 24th, 2010 § 0

Erica and I have been back in Nairobi 50 days. The entire first phase lasted 60 days. Just before holidays, Map Kibera had completed the first public map of one of Africa’s largest slums, around which grew a super excited community in Kibera, Kenya, and globally. And we were exhausted. After a similar length of time, what do we have to show? … eh, not as much! There are plans, plans in motion … but it kinda looks like we’ve been idle. Hardly. The pace is only a little more suited for a 6 month run. The activity has been intense, but more behind the scenes. It wasn’t our strategy to start, but this shape seems to work. A quick, high visibility output demonstrates the full potential, and actually produces something useful. This visibility is the great part of OpenStreetMap’s immediacy, and has brought aTON of interest. Now we’re taking this interest and building something comprehensive.

We haven’t blogged as much, and we’ve resolved to get back on the wagon. Please now allow for a quick bit of narrative gleaned from twitter, gcal, and fading memories.

Lots of talking. First it was great to reconnect with everyone after the break — now they know we meant it when we said we’d come back. The mappers have been meeting once a week, all minuted. The discussion is often on what form the group will take, and what it can possibly do, the vision, and the structure. A couple opportunities immediately came up, including organizing user testing in Kibera for Movirtu, unfortunately not followed by a mapping of phone infrastructure after funding fell through. From Acumen, Suraj arranged trainings for mappers in skills like public speaking and email.

With SODNET, Kipp and Philip, now formally part of the team, we’ve conceived concept, strategized, and budgetted, at the program level, and with the mappers directly. Priceless guidance from them.

We’re very happy to say we’ve started working with UNICEF on phase 2. Josh Goldstein has joined us here in Nairobi, so great. We’ll have more to say on the plan soon.

To take on all the new relationships, we had to have a new entity. We are GroundTruth and Map Kibera is our first project.

We’ve also had great ongoing conversations with Digital Democracy on training techniques, curriculum and overlap in Haiti. Lots of discussion with Ushahidi and KpK on potential expansion of Map Kibera like projects for the long term development of Haiti.

With Melissa Tully and Jamie Lundine from Ushahidi, we are planning trainings within the Kibera media network to manage Voice of Kibera, and we’ve been actively discussing other aspects of Map Kibera and Ushahidi in Kibera and Nairobi. Caleb has started on a redesign of the site, should be sweet.

On the tech side, we’ve been joined by Primoz Kovacic, buccaneering Slovenian mapper. Primoz has been focused on map printing, rationalizing our tagging scheme, and change analysis of satellite imagery. He’s also spent weeks walking steep hills and mapping in Wongonyi (we’ll have more to say there soon too…).

Data is actively being gathered for a map of locations from Togetherness Supreme, the feature film shot in Kibera and produced by our friends Hot Sun.

We’ve launched a WordPress MU install, and set up nearly a dozen sites for community groups in Kibera that lack an easily configured web presence. We’ve had a couple of trainings at our weekly geek meets. KCODA has already switched over their official site, and Kibera Journal has started posting.

KCODA’s premises themselves have undergone transformation, with the preparation and installation of 15 computers from the Zoo Foundation. That will provide a venue for our work. That includes key training in video journalism using Flip cameras.

The project itself has had some video coverage during a great visit by Ory, and later on by Ben from Hivos. Later today we host a visit from the Acumen Fellows.

In the media, we were interview and profiled by Technology for Transparency Network, and mentioned in the landmark OSM profile in the UK Guardian. We’ve gotten mention in talks and discussions all over.

We’ve gone out to spread the word. The mappers took it to 1% Club. I gave a talk for to ICCM, from the outside deck at the iHub launch. Earlier in the month webcast to TacticalTech’s Maps for Making Change event. Philip is right now in Rio at the World Urban Forum, presenting Map Kibera at a forum organized by the Woodrow Wilson Institute. I’m flying to San Francisco in a couple days to present at Where 2.0. And next month, Erica is off to South Africa to present at the World Bank Innovation Fair.

A couple weeks ago we participated in the elections technology week, both with NDI and Hivos. Erica took in the spectacle of the Pan African Media conference.

Finally, and most importantly, Josh gave us the idea to start a happy hour, which we dutifully participate in every couple Thursdays at Smart Village. Get in touch for the details!

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SotM 2010 – Call for Papers – OPEN


Do you have something to say to an audience of mappers, hackers and
community activists who have revolutionised the way maps are made and
used?Yes? Then this is your opportunity to speak at The State of the
Map 2010 – the largest gathering of OpenStreetMappers in the world –
attracting hundreds of members of the OpenStreetMap community from
around the world to three days of talks, workshops and discussions.
Previous speakers at State of the Map conferences have included:

* OpenStreetMap founder Steve Coast talking about all things OSM
* Humanitarian mapper, Mikel Maron, talking about mapping Palestine
* German community leader Frederik Ramm talking about German map development
* Stamen Design founder Mike Migurski talking about paper mapping
with OpenStreetMap.
* University College London senior lecturer Muki Haklay talking
about OpenStreetMap data quality

And many, many more great talks like these.This year the State of the
Map is inviting talks, posters and workshops on the following
themes:Mapping for the massesOpenStreetMap has come a long way in the
last 5 years. But how can we make sure OpenStreetMap continues to
grow and thrive for the next 5 years? “Mapping for the Masses”
invites speakers to present about their thoughts, opinions, projects
or tools that will help OpenStreetMap grow and help its open map
become the richest and most detailed in the world.Living the mapMaps
have long been a source of power, control and wealth in the world.
How is OpenStreetMap’s free map changing the communities that you live
in or work with? What are the social implications of a free and open
map in different countries around the world? How can OpenStreetMap
help make the world a better place.OSM TechtalkOpenStreetMap has a
vibrant community of hackers, systems administrators and app
developers whose work keeps OpenStreetMap going and growing. Maybe
you are working on a new OpenStreetMap editor, plugin, renderer, API
or application that you’d like to share with everyone. If you hang
out on OSM-Dev, dream in bash syntax and know OpenStreetMap’s API
structure off by heart, this is the place for you to share your
knowledge and ideas.

Powered by OpenStreetMap

In the last 12 months, OpenStreetMap powered apps have appeared in app
stores and on the web like never before. More organisations from
governments to universities, NGOs, navigation providers and web
portals are using OpenStreetMap than every before. This session
invites any users of OpenStreetMap to share their experiences creating
OpenStreetMap powered applications and services.
Open Floor

OpenStreetMap moves at a very fast pace. If you are working on a
project or have any idea that doesn’t fit into the themes above, we
still want to hear from you.Who Attends State of the Map?Last year’s
State of the Map attracted 300 attendees for three days of talks and
workshops from organisations and companies including:

* OpenStreetMap mappers, developers and organisers from around the world
* Open source developers: OpenStreetMap, JOSM, Mapnik, OpenLayers, Ubuntu
* Universities and academic institutions around the world:
University College London, MIT, Stanford, Cambridge
* Designers and cartographers: Stamen Design, OpenCycleMap
* GIS Industry professionals: FortiusOne, ESRI, Carmenta, Cartotype
* Web Portals: GeoCommons, Yahoo, Google, Bing, Nestoria
* Navigation and LBS: TomTom, TeleAtlas, Nutiteq, skobbler,
Navteq, CloudMade
* OEMs: U-Blox, Nokia
* NGOs: MapAction, UNHCR
* Governments: Surrey Heath Borough Council, Amsterdam City Council
* Heritage: Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed, Oxford Archaeology

Sign Up to Give a Talk, Poster or Workshop

Do you have something to talk about at The State of the Map 2010?

This year’s conference will be held in Girona, Spain from the 9th – 11th July.
Press Contact:

Spurt in potlatch 2 development

There’s been a spurt recently with PL2 development.

* You can count no less than 5 authors checking in code recently

Which is all wonderful stuff!

And the graphic is a joke, like the 5 1/4″ diskette logo on the PL2 save button.

LinkedGeoData Google Code Project Started

Jens writes…

LinkedGeoData is an effort to add a spatial dimension to the Web of Data / Semantic Web. LinkedGeoData uses the information collected by theOpenStreetMap project and makes it available as an RDF knowledge base according to the Linked Data principles. It interlinks this data with other knowledge bases in the Linking Open Data initiative.

we are now starting to open source the LinkedGeoData code:

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.