[Talk-GB] Survey: A "UK/GB OpenStreetMap group"?

SK53 sk53.osm at gmail.com
Sat Jul 25 09:57:50 UTC 2015

Fascinating stuff Frederik. Not entirely convinced by some of the detail.

The project I ran got a domain name in 1987 of thorn-emi-crl.co.uk (I
remember being slightly irritated that the guy administering names hadn't
used crl.thorn-emi.co.uk which would have been more future-proof. By then
UCL were refusing direct links, but as UCL were partners in several
projects with us, they made a special concession, although we had to work
quite hard on Peter Kirstein.

I'm pretty sure that I was regularly sending email etc to universities of
Kent, Nottingham, Newcastle, UCL, Imperial and probably others by end of
1987. So I'm a bit sceptical there were only 6 ac.uk domains as late as
1991 (a quick browse of the 1989 Occam User Group
<http://www.transputer.net/obooks/oug/oug-lom.pdf> membership list suggests
a few more too, variously big-endian or little-endian: Oxford, Southampton,
Bath, Bangor, PCL, Ulster, Queen's Belfast, etc). Certainly domain names
were a bit chancy, the other way was to use !-routing. I remember having to
route to Uni. Dortmund (unido) server for better connectivity with our
german collaborators (PCS Gmbh in Munich).

William, one of our Nottingham pub meeting regulars, will know much better
than me this early history: he was admin of the CS network at Nottingham
which actively collaborated with Bell Labs at the time. I wouldn't be
surprised if we don't have more OSM contributors with a similar degree of
familiarity of this early phase of the internet.


On 24 July 2015 at 23:28, Frederik Ramm <frederik at remote.org> wrote:

> Hi,
> On 07/11/2015 10:19 PM, Rob Nickerson wrote:
> > a "UK/GB
> > OpenStreetMap group" (name yet to be decided)
> Just saw this:
> https://30yearsof.uk/the-birth-of-uk-an-oral-history-ab3ebc0e499f
> The story behind how domains in your part of the world came to use .uk
> and not .gb.
> Bye
> Frederik
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