[Design] SotM11: BoF meeting
tom at compton.nu
Tue Sep 13 16:32:42 BST 2011
On 12/09/11 00:42, Gregory wrote:
> At SotM 11 we had a BoF informal meet-up outside. I took some rough
> notes. It would be good if someone could clean them up, then they can be
> sent to the talk list as there weren't many people there.
Who exactly took part in this little side channel chinwag?
> Need to know use cases
Agreed - we just need to be careful to make it the use cases we want to
support rather than all the use cases anybody on the talk list would
like us to support.
> Define our audiences
Agreed, which maps back to my point about which use cases we want to
Don't understand what this means?
> 1st round: submit mockups/explanations to show your ideas
> then voting/commenting so the leading ideas come through
> don't throw away full ideas, maybe take aspects from each
We need to be careful here - design by popular vote is not usually a
> Get the community very involved in Round 0: creating a design brief.
> Ask a survey. What do you want on osm.org <http://osm.org> % of how much
> you want it
If you go down this route somebody has to be ready to stand up to the
community and say no to bad ideas, no matter how much support they get.
I can guarantee you, based on past experience, that you will get a lot
of ideas, some of which will have lots of vocal support, but which will
still be bad ideas.
> Any stomach for changing the cartography
Is that stomach in the people that do the cartography? or the people
that were present for the discussion? was there any overlap?
I'm not saying we shouldn't change it, just interested in the background
to this statement.
> Comic Sans - that's a great idea
See my dead body? No. Good, so that one won't be happening ;-)
> Default render has too much pressure on it
> unlike MapQuest/Google, we have infinate layers
No we don't. We may have the possibility of adding infinite layers, but
we don't actually have them. Of course literally speaking infinite, or
any large number, is probably a bad idea anyway.
> Dynamic POI layer?
Not sure we have the technology/resources to support this, but happy to
be proved wrong.
> Cookie to save your favourite style
Sure. We could call it something like, oh I don't know, how about
_osm_location. We could use it to store the current location and active
layers, or something like that.
Oh damn, I forgot, THAT'S WHAT WE ALREADY DO.
> Default map has to be more detailed, distinct from all the other online
Has to be? I think you misspelt "the sample of people present thought it
ought to be".
Then again I would argue that it's already more detailed than just about
all other online maps, at least in areas where we have rich data.
> Can we get stats from Grant/Matt
The stats that we have are here:
Not sure that they help much though.
Tom Hughes (tom at compton.nu)
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