[OSM-talk] State of the Map - Feedback

Richard Fairhurst richard at systemeD.net
Tue Jul 17 12:45:10 BST 2007

80n wrote:

> Some questions:
> 1 Was it useful?
> 2 Would you attend again next year?
> 3 What was good about the conference?

Yes; yes; pretty much everything.

> 4 What was bad about the conference?

Surprisingly rubbish public transport. But that's not OSM's fault.

A bunch of "free to hack" machines might have been useful for those of  
us who didn't bring laptops.

The gender imbalance was pretty startling, and worse than a typical  
mapping party IME. Yet much of the first morning (the first four  
talks, I think) would actually have been accessible to  
wives/girlfriends/partners who are vaguely interested in OSM but not  
100% committed. I wonder if this is something we could develop.  
Perhaps a dedicated newbies stream which dovetails with the main talks  
when appropriate? I'll happily run a Potlatch workshop.

> 5 Was it good value for money?
> 6 Should it have been longer?
> 7 Was the food OK?

Excellent; no; excellent.

> 8 Was the beer OK?

Don't know. But the cider was rubbish. :(

> 9 Where should it be held next year?

Following up from q8 - somewhere near one of the 900 pubs listed at  
http://www.ukcider.co.uk/wiki/ ;)

On the one hand I think "let's be fair and spread it around a bit"; on  
the other hand, Where 2.0 is always in the same country and doesn't  
seem to suffer. I'd be a little anxious if it went anywhere further  
afield than a Eurostar ride next year. (But maybe that's me being  

> 10 Any other comments?

More wall displays! Everyone seemed to enjoy looking at the various  
OSM outputs pinned up in the corridors.

Generally - an outstanding success.


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