[OSM-talk] Big Green Gathering feedback
peter.miller at itoworld.com
Tue Aug 7 13:27:34 BST 2007
I took OSM to an excellent transport venue at Big Green Gathering and we had
a lot of interest in OpenStreetMap both from potential users of data and
also from potential mappers; as with all these things one doesn't know which
contacts are going to lead anywhere and which ones are not but I am sure
some are going to be productive. There was general understanding of the
value and need for such a service.
I was talking with one academic from Birkbeck College, about mapping
historical the changing uses (and possibly shapes) of buildings in London
over time, so one can see how the Victorian bakery ended up as a Starbucks!
She has students doing 'London Studies' that involve getting to know an area
of London, and researching how it functions and how it has developed. Course
details here: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/study/pg/londonstudies/TMALOSTD.html.
Btw, if anyone wants to find out information about the historic uses of
buildings in the UK in Victorian times then 'Kelly's directories' will often
provide the answer is available in local libraries.
There was healthy interest in local 'green maps', 'community maps' and
'cycle maps' and I plan to do the UK festival circuit with OSM again next
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