State Of The Map 2013/Call for venues/Birmingham

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State Of The Map 2013 will be held in Birmingham! Congratulations to the organisers of this winning Birmingham bid.

If you would like to get involved please drop by the "talk-gb-westmidlands" Mailing List or pop in to one of the Mappa Mercia (Midlands User Group) meetups which are held first Thursday of every month (details on mappamercia wiki page).

SOTM 2013 Birmingham UK Bid Conference Summary

  • Bid submitted by mappamercia ( UK West Midlands OSM mappers): main contact Brian Prangle brian at
  • Venue at Aston University in the heart of the city
  • On-site student-standard or hotel-standard accommodation.
  • Confirmed Venue which is held for 6th-8th September 2013
  • Traditional conference agenda and structure: multi-stream with keynotes, presentations, workshops, panel sessions, lightning talks
  • Community building activities with two streams: engaging those not able to attend with online and interactive activities; together with a range of conference fringe events.
  • Easy transport access
  • High “interestingness” as a destination
  • Affordable Delegate Cost –suggested EUR80 max (USD106)
  • Strong organising team
FULL TEXT OF  BID CAN BE FOUND  HERE Media:SOTM_2013_bid_new_draft_v10.pdf

Details of Organising Committee

Name OSM username Conference Role Experience
Brian Prangle brianboru Project Lead OSM mapper for 5 years. ex-CTO of a Systems Integrator with many years commercial IT project experience
Andy Robinson blackadder TBA Ex-OSMF Secretary & Treasurer. Previous SOTM delivery experience.
Andrew McKenzie AV: streaming video and radio Cabinet Office Open Data User Group member. Video and audio interviews with people at open data hack days and Open Knowledge Foundation events. Assistance at OpenTech events in previous years 
Andy Mabbett pigsonthewing TBA Active local mapper; Wikipedia ambassador
Mike Duffy miked29 TBA Active local mapper
Matt Williams milliams TBA Active local mapper and developer
Jonathan Harley spiffy Conference Web site & social media Active local mapper; geo-software entrepreneur
Stuart Lester stu_lester Sponsorship programme Active local mapper; local authority GIS manager; opensource and open data advocate; geo-networker
Rob Nickerson RobJN TBA Contributor to OSM for nearly 2 years. Also worked on improving wiki documentation to help newcomers involved in "Open Data" groups that have successfully obtained public sector data as an additional source of information for mappers.
Shaun McDonald smsm1 TBA ITOworld developer. Maintains and
Nick Whitelegg nickw TBA Creator of Freemap
Florian Lainez overflorian TBA Member of OSM-France, involved in all the topics related to disabilities; mapping parties organizer; now resident in West Midlands.