State of the Map Scotland 2013

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Inspace Outside Entrance

The State of the Map Scotland 2013 Unconference (SOTMS) will be held on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th October 2013 10am-4pm. It will be held at Inspace which is the building next to the Informatics Forum of Edinburgh University. The conference is roughly set so that professional groups can make engage with the community on Friday and giving their insights of use of maps and data in their work. This makes for an enjoyable Friday afternoon outside the office. The Openstreetmap communitys presentations are on the Saturday.

The talks/discussions are usually in time sets of 30 minutes this includes setting up and questions so the talks are usually aimed at 20 minutes. Each day we have a section called Lightning talks. This is where people can introduce short talks for 5 mins, they can also ask questions of the crowd about any subject or ask if anyone would like to talk off conference about a particular subject.

The Third day is in a different location and consists of a Geografical Informations Systems Hackers day and Tutorials for those new to Openstreetmap. See below for details.

This year our main speaker is from International Rescue Corps They will be giving an hour long talk. We are also requesting donations for their cause to be collected on the day. Please look for the donation buckets. We also have a small number of OSM jackets £20 all money to IRC

Booking State of the Map Scotland 2013

Booking for our first event is here: Booking for the seperate Hackday event is just below

You can mark yourself as attending on Lanyrd (optional).

At the end of each day we adjourn to the Pear Tree Pub and maybe go on for a meal if there is enough interest.


Live Streaming

We will be attempting to stream the conference. The Details will emerge on how successful we are. Any updates will be posted here on this paragraph at this wiki page.

Hopefully we have a live stream up at:

Skype the Conference

On Saturday afternoon if you are in Scotland we may be able to Skype you at lunch to say hello. Send your skype name to Bob Kerr or twitter at #sotmscot

Common Good Land

Bob Hamilton will be available at the reception desk to talk about Common Good Project on Friday 11th October.


It will be followed by a hack day at techcube at summerhall Location on Sunday. This event will be free but space are limited to 45. The event will be organised so that hackers can arrange themselves into areas of mutual interest and a selection of 30 minute tutorials for people new to openstreetmap will also be held.Please bring your own laptops.

Tutorials include

  • Introduction to openstreetmap
  • Editing with the online editor potlatch or ID
  • Editing with JOSM
  • Introduction to Taginfo

Booking Hackday

We ask those that are brand new to Openstreetmap to get an account on openstreetmap before comming along to save time. You can get a new account here


State of the map Scotland is brought to you with collaboration with Open Glasgow part of Future City Glasgow a Future Cities Demonstrator funded by the UK ’s Technology Strategy Board.

Future City Glasgow



Friday:Large Organisation Day
Time Main Presentation Area Slides, Resources, Video etc
9:00-9:30 Volunteers meet and setup
9:30-10:00 Registration/Mingle
10:00-10:30 State of the Map Scotland address - Chris Fleming
10:30-11:00 RSPB: How we use maps - Emma Teuten
11:00-11:30 SpaceBook - A non visual way of exploring geographic space : William Mackaness
11:30-12:00 Lightning Talks and Burning Questions: Discussion or Questions to the crowd
  • Open Knowledge Conference (OKCon 2013), Geneva: Ewan Klein
  • Mapping Edinburgh’s new cycle routes : Martyn Lings : Edinburgh Council
  • Common Good Project - Bob Hamilton
12:00-12:30 Sustrans :Introduction and Updates : Robert Weetman
12:30-1:00 Using OpenStreetMap for Community mapping and planning - Tim Foster
We will be requesting that OSMmers come forward during lunch to give brief one to one introductions to OSM
2:00-3:00 International Rescue Corps : Willie McMartin
3:00-3:30 National Library of Scotland : Christopher Fleet
3:30-4:00 "Thar be Dragons - People Power and the NHS : Kirstin Leath


Saturday:Mappers Day
Time Main Presentation Area Slides, Resources, Video etc
10:00-10:30 Introduction to Openstreetmap
10:30-11:00 Data comparison for Skyscanner : Ian Elder Skyscanner talk
11:00-11:30 A Heavy Mapper 2.0 - Donald Noble

Thoughts and experiences of an active mapper
11:30-12:00 Lightning Talks and Burning Questions: Discussion or Questions to the Crowd
  • Stormchasing roadtrips with OSMAND+ with Julian and Eileen Gibson
  • Making your own OSM tiles in alternative coordinate systems: Fraser Kirkpatrick
12:00-12:30 3D Gorbals : Duncan Bain Slides
12:30-12:45 That shouldn't be possible : Robert Scott
12:45-1:00 Mappers Like Me (with live prototype demo!) - Gregory Marler
2:00-2:30 Cyclestreets: Past, present, and future: Martin Lucas-Smith Slides
2:30-3:00 Sustaining Dunbar: Morag Haddow
3:30-4:00 Mapping the Black Isle : Peter Elbourne


Sunday: Hacker Meetup at TechCube
Time Main Presentation Area Slides, Resources, Video etc
10:00-10:30 Introduction to Openstreetmap
10:30-11:00 Editing the map with the web Editor Potlatch ID
11:00-11:30 Editing with JOSM
11:30-12:00 Introduction to TagInfo
12:00-12:30 3D printing
12:30-1:00 Adventures in OpenStreetMap data - Tim Foster
2:00-2:30 TBD
2:30-3:00 TBD
3:00-3:30 TBD
3:30-4:00 TBD

Competition survey jackets will be given to delegates who have come from the furthest north or south of the UK an one from the furthest country away from the UK. Jackets will be given out at the end of the day on Saturday.


We will be able to accept walk-ins on the day though we may ask you for your name an organisations just so we can judge the numbers for next years conference

Other events

Please be aware of these other events


EdinburghApps ,Creative Exchange, Leith is a new event being run by the City of Edinburgh Council and Connected Capital. It invites teams to take part in building solutions to solve civic issues. There will be a number of themes, and identified challenges. There will be a range of awards and the aim of the event is to deliver usable solutions that will change the city, improving life for the citizens of Edinburgh and empowering businesses, developers, organisations and individuals.

  • 26 September 2013 Icebreaker Event
  • 8 November 2013 Welcome Evening
  • 9 November 2013 Final Project Day
  • 10 November 2013 Awards Event

Sunday 27th October at 1pm Wikipedia Meetup

Tuesday 29th October 2013 :NHS Lothian Innovation Event: Surgeons Hall Edinburgh


We are a group of international volunteers who are making a map of the world. We have approximately 1,3500,000 people signed up to our website of whom 50,000 contribute data each week. Some people call us the Wikipedia of maps. Once we have the map data, we can present it (render) in different ways. Examples of our maps

We work internationally for example 600 volunteers created a map of Haiti after the earthquake see Haiti Video

We have worked with the World Bank, Red Cross, and UN.

We have had volunteer groups mapping slums in Nairobi

or Refugee camps

We have recently had our 8th birthday, we are well established and growing very fast


  • Coffees and tea's throughout the day will be supplied by volunteers: We have a 20L water Urn and plastic cups. We will have basic tea, coffee sugar and milk - please bring biscuits

Area 1: Main Presentation Area - Schedule

Main Presentation Area

Space for 60 Seats,

Area 1: Wall displays

This year we will be decorating the main area with visualisations from Steven Kay. Stephen will be on hand to explain and teach about his work

Internet Access

Internet Access will be available for the duration of the conference from Edinburgh university for £1: all speakers will have free access. To be doubly safe we would request that some attendees bring their own mobile internet.


Edinburgh is a very tourist friendly city and there are many hotels of all price ranges. Inspace is a 15 minute walk from the train station. 20 minutes from the bus station.


For those that are interested in learning how to edit please see for beginners lessons. Main hands on teaching sessions will be available on sunday at the hackday


  • biscuits and coffee We have a 20L urn, cups and spoons, please bring coffee biscuits


Please add your name here if you would be willing to help out on either of the two days Tasks Reception - People will be coming in at different times they will need to be shown the board with all the post-it notes for talks or connections Gallery - making sure that the slide shows are running smoothly and that paper maps are put up.

Other Posters and Logos

Scottish Logo Scottish Logo

Associated Groups hope that we will be able to build stronger ties to larger groups such as Universities, Libraries or NGO or government agencies. Those who wish to say they are going to attend please contact Bob Kerr to add your name.


Inspace 1 Crichton Street Edinburgh EH8 9AB


See Twitter bird.svg @OSMScotland . Hashtag for conference: Twitter bird.svg #sotmscot

Previous SOTMS

State of the Map Scotland 2011

In 2011 we had a total of 20 half hour sessions in 2012 we have 24 half hour sessions dedicated to mappers and 16 half hour sessions dedicated to external groups

State of the Map Scotland 2012