The State Of The Map/Notes1
Target audience & Primary Aims
- mainly existing OSMers and geo people
- to bring the community together and talk lots, maybe map some of Manchester too
- and to figure out what we need to do to map the rest of the planet
- although it is being held in UK try to show somehow that OSM is global project
Session Format – Main hall only and/or less formal presentations
- main hall and break-out rooms
- The dining room is a big single room that can accommodate a small exhibition area as well as catering
- Parallel activities to get more in on the day
- Do we need a newbies track?
- poster/bring your own demo sessions in other places
- each presentation? Half hour? Longer for workshop ones
- may be good to have half day one track, second half two track for both days?
- if we thought that the formal style presentations is too much we could make one of the sessions a workshop session
- Start and end each day with "keynote" style presentations, witheveryone in the same room, then split off during the day - ensures everyone comes in on time
- Need a mix between formal and informal - not academic, we are about getting things done
- have some "go out and do some mapping" sessions
- workshops could be recorded on video
- GPS / JOSM / Databases / GIS...
- hows about just opening up the Call For Presentations to workshops?
- There should be technical workshops for hackers and non-technical mapping workshops for mappers
- get groups of people to tag their tracks in a workshop, so we can highlight common questions
- GPS - show and tell the benefits and drawbacks of your GPS
- It will be light after the conference finishes so mapping could be done in the early evening
- total newbies can come on Saturday and get a lot out, gets more in to OSM on sunday?
- workshops in the morning and talks in the afternoon
- practical aspects of OSM to GPS/PDA for use in surveying tasks?
Session Themes & Chairs – Submission of papers/talk topics
- map features
- Themes: mapping, tagging, tech side
- p2p/distributed storage for osm-data
- converting from/to OSM
- Using OSM data to Make maps with the OSMRenders
- Extracting data from the OSM API
- automating the mapping-process
- integration in desktops
- wikify'ing osm
- Any other key "industry" people we can approach for a few chair positions? will help bring in non osm'ers
- Cartography! Principles - data integrity, scale, carto-licence (moving things small amount to get in), consistency, symbolistayion ....
- Country-by-country stuff
- how about we try and get a view from inside - someone who is opposed to free data collection, spur on a bit of a debate?
- someone from non-UK on problems of tagging/categorising across cultures?
- do we want people to submit papers or just a title and abstract so we can decide - abstract is ok, with links to previous work
- timeline for submissions - call for papers / participation immediately, deadline for submissions 1 March, provisional programme 1 April?
- Richard posted to the talk list on 18th January as follows:
- "I'd like to see a theme of _using_ OSM data. How hackers, cartographers, and masher-uppers can extract the data and do funky stuff with it. As yet we've been a fairly inward-looking community, concentrating on collecting and presenting the data rather than shipping it out to the wider world; addressing uses of the data could increase the potential audience severalfold."
A few specific topics/workshops under this theme could include:
- Getting the data into a format you can use
- Route-planning with OSM data
- Licence musts, must nots and myths - what CC-SA means for your map/mashup
- and, of course, all the cartography stuff could fall under this theme, too. It might be interesting to run with this and have a challenge of producing Manchester map mashups. How about a Manchester music map? Let's get Tony Wilson as a guest speaker. Or maybe Shaun Ryder. ;)
- There will be a whole host of costs for everything from printing posters and other publicity, handouts and catering
- Posters - How about everyone who wants to gets a bit of wall space to present their mapping - The wallmap of fame
- someone to sponsor meal on Saturday?
Fees, concessions, Registration processing
- £20, £15 concesssion
- £250 exhibitors
Audio/Visual & IT requirements
- we need 2 projectors. uni will have them (will ask) but backup always good. 80n can supply a projector
- Lecture space will have PC/laptop and projection in place. may need to ask for tech support
- www is must for workshop spaces
- wifi over 3G link?
- failover would be nearest wifi cafe. need someone to go find that
- battery chargers for all the GPSes?
- group photos from the conference?
- tent in the park
- Yahoo aerial photos needed and traces - we can completely map Manchester before the conference and just leave the streetnames
- someone needs to head up getting exhibitors?
Accommodation & catering
- Need to see if some halls of residence are available
- get some recommended places
- check if Uni will allow bringing in catering
- make sure guests less aquainted with british culture get looked after
- organise something on sat night, so everyone has somewhere to go to and meet up
- is anything happening in the city on the same weekend?
- go to Manchester beforehand, to check things out
Conference support services (front desk etc)
- just a cellphone-number?
- Timetable and where is evrything located, registration, payment, welcome packs
- email/wiki contact, if people can't find us, and go to an internet cafe or something
- many of those that attend will not know the location at all. The desk normally help a bit with pointing people in the right direction
- so when someone phones up with their lat/long, ability to direct them to the place...
- Press, meadia, advertising
- opengeodata gets a wide readership
- contact all the usual local media outlets, but what about the national and international circuit?
- can probably do a pretty good job of this in the UK, what about overseas?
- front page of OSM can mention it
- get talk-de involved
- linux magazines
- do some of this soon to get interest outside of OSM
- Get listing in 'Calendars of events'
- online linux-radios, lugradio
- someone in each country to work on local promotion of the event
- call it an International Conference?
- Friday and Sat nights to consider (+ sunday eve for stressed organisers)
- get peoples pictures
- Would advertise the actual event as starting mid-morning Sat to allow reasonable chance of travel to from UKers
- Informal rendezvous point/time on Friday evening?
- need pub/restaurant recommendations
- 19 people showing interest on the wiki atm - there could easily be 200 on the day
- If this conference goes well it will make organising one outside the UK much easier
- most important thing is getting ppl in the EU interested and organising
- Do we need to set deadlines on anything other than the call for abstracts - Registration deadline, and early registration discount
- suggest to people that booking flights etc NOW is a good idea
- need to firm up prices and overall envelope
- should have a date for another IRC meeting - 24th January 2007 20:00 GMT