When the SotM 2011 venue bids were coming in, it seemed likely it would finally leave Europe. I heard some chatter that maybe it would make sense to hold a national/continent conference (like there is SotM US). Who is in support of that? What sort of numbers do you think it would attract? You all know I love Durham. But I actually think it would be really good to hold a national event in North East England. It is a section that isn't so strong (like Birmingham, London, Manchester) in map-coverage and contributors/users. Durham and Newcastle are on the East Coast Main Line (London Kings Cross to Edinburgh, and direct trains from the West). Other nearby cities that could be interesting are Sunderland, Middlesbrough/Stockton, Darlington, Hartlepool. I would see if some of the other active mappers would help with local organisation. But then this summer we never made a GB chapter of the OSM Foundation. Should we be focusing on that instead? I hope the mapping passion isn't sliding away from the UK.
Gregory,> When the SotM 2011 venue bids were coming in, it seemed likely it would > finally leave Europe. I heard some chatter that maybe it would make > sense to hold a national/continent conference (like there is SotM US).The team that did the Vienna bid is, to my knowldege, currently investigating options to hold a SOTM-EU in Vienna in July. That should not keep you from organising a UK conference of course - but if you're looking to do a "continent conference" then maybe check on their status and see if it makes sense for you to work with them. Bye Frederik
I'm all for a UK SOTM conference as it would be great to meet up with folk who have been so far might only have been an electronic presence, to share best practice, get some hints and tips on techniques for map-making from the data for those of us who are less technically gifted (perhaps documenting them for others who come later); discussing projects that need national collaboration e.g ward boundaries; and setting up a UK chapter. Doesn't leave much time for mapping though. Venue sounds like it might be contentious so I'll stay out of that for the moment- anyway that should be secondary to the content and objectives. Regards Brian> _______________________________________________ > Talk-GB mailing list > > http://lists.openstreetmap.org/listinfo/talk-... >
On Sun, Oct 24, 2010 at 06:15:37PM +0100, Gregory wrote: > When the SotM 2011 venue bids were coming in, it seemed likely it would > finally leave Europe. I heard some chatter that maybe it would make sense to > hold a national/continent conference (like there is SotM US). Who is in > support of that?+1, although I would like to see more material directly aimed at mappers at conferences too. It’s alright garnering business support, and going into all of the technical details of running OSM, the cartography, etc. How about some practical aspects of going out and gathering the data? Sure, the mappers get their bit at mapping parties, but why not at a conference too? > What sort of numbers do you think it would attract? Um… twelvety! ;)> But I actually think it would be really good to > hold a national event in North East England.Why not? Everything else seems to happen in Birmingham or London these days (I possibly exagerate, this year I did go to the Maker Faire which takes place in Newcastle every year).> But then this summer we never made a GB chapter of the OSM Foundation. > Should we be focusing on that instead?What advantages would it bring to us to do this, and are there enough people prepared to be the core of the chapter? OSMF itself is incorporated in the UK and, as far as I understand, has been doing much of what a local chapter would be doing in the UK. On the other hand, OSMF may wish to delegate to a local chapter so they can concentrate their efforts globally, and in turn the chapter can concentrate on the needs of the UK. This maybe one to push over to the local-chapters and/or osmf-talk lists. > I hope the mapping passion isn't sliding away from the UK. I have a small backlog of data that I have yet to incorporate into OSM pending my acceptance of the CTs, which I still can’t bring myself to do. I could submit the data while the new CTs are not yet enforced for existing users, but there is a reasonable chance that would be just a waste of time. If anything, my passion for mapping for OSM is waning because I am in conflict with the new terms, but I still like mapping. I’m looking for other ways to make my data accessible to the world, I just need to implement them (and by that time all of the world’s geodata will be free data and we’ll all be happy anyway). Simon