[Talk-us] Burning Man old data, publicity opportunity

Michal Migurski mike at teczno.com
Mon Aug 5 18:43:43 UTC 2013


Black Rock City moves slightly each year, to minimize impact on any particular spot in the playa. The streets are also given new names, and the city expands to accommodate additional population growth. It's effectively a totally new geography each time.

Mikel has been involved in the project in the past, and been given advance private access to survey shapefiles.

-mike.

On Aug 5, 2013, at 11:36 AM, Kathleen Danielson wrote:

> I only know a little about Burning Man (seriously, just what I read in Cory Doctorow's Homeland), but mapping BRC makes sense to me. 
> 
> Is it on the exact same location every year? In that case it seems like it would make sense to update the map annually. If they are on different parts of the dessert each year, it would probably make sense to map each one, but once the city is torn down, modify the tags to indicate a past structure. The Historical OSM folks would probably have better guidance on the best way to do this.
> 
> Either way, it seems like this could be a really neat way to preserve Black Rock City. 
> 
> Are any OSM folks going to be at Burning Man this year?
> 
> 
> On Mon, Aug 5, 2013 at 2:25 PM, Clay Smalley <claysmalley at gmail.com> wrote:
> So Black Rock City is mapped on OpenStreetMap... twice. And both are old versions (the city as it was in 2008 and 2009). Anyone know why this is? Should the two old cities be deleted and replaced with the 2013 city?
> 
> I have a feeling that this could be a fun publicity opportunity for OSM, if we're the first ones to map out Black Rock City during Burning Man. Not to mention that the kind of people who go to Burning Man would probably rather support OSM over Google Maps, given someone tells them about OSM. It brings in people from everywhere, so ideally they could go back to their respective communities and possibly get more involved in local OSM mapping.
> 
> Just ranting a pipe dream. Does this sound realistic?
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