[Talk-GB] osm 10th birthday: press

Grant Slater openstreetmap at firefishy.com
Sun Jul 27 12:55:20 UTC 2014

Hi All,

OK, lets be crazy and try crowd source a 10th Birthday press release:
Draft here, be bold, anyone can edit:

Kind regards,


On 23 July 2014 21:23, Dan S <danstowell+osm at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm looking forward to OSM's 10th birthday. It occurred to me that we
> should perhaps use it as a potential opportunity for some press
> coverage, ideally to get press coverage outside the usual tech/gis
> world. To do this we'd need some kind of event which makes a story.
> There are already plans for OSM birthday celebrations/meetups, and
> that's all good. I'm NOT talking about a social event but some event,
> perhaps even just brief, as long as it's got something that might
> appeal in a soft-news kind of sense. And maybe in London, since London
> is the birthplace of OSM.
> A couple of ideas:
> * We could organise a march following the route of the first ever GPS
> track (carrying Steve Coast aloft, sitting crosslegged on a splashmap)
> * We could visit the first ever tea-shop added to OSM, then the first
> ever park, then of course the first ever pub. We could give a plaque
> to each place to commemorate its place in history.
> To make it a press-worthy event, it needs to be something that we can
> write a press-release about in advance, and it needs to be something
> photogenic. So let's get more creative...
> * We could 3D-print a candle in the shape of all the OSM nodes in
> London! and put it on top of an earth-shaped cake!
> * We could print out a map of London at 1:1 scale...
> Anyone interested in working on something? Anyone got crazier ideas than me?
> Dan
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