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I am Andy Mabbett from Birmingham, England. You can find me via or:



My background

Having programmed machines with paper tape and punched cards (at a very young age!), I'm glad to see things have moved on a little. I gave up programming many years ago, but have been involved in the design and management of pioneering, large-scale websites in the UK's public sector since 1994.

I am a published author and journalist - but (as anyone who's corrected my 'tyops' will tell you) I can't type.

I live in Birmingham and am a trustee, and webmaster, of the West Midland Bird Club, covering Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and the West Midlands county.

Web for all

I believe strongly in adherence to web standards, making web pages as accessible as possible, to everyone, and that it's important to communicate using the simplest language necessary, to convey ideas clearly.

Wikipedia/ Wikidata

I started a project, to tag OSM enties with Wikipedia links/ Wikidata IDs. More help and discussion are needed!

Linked data



I'm very keen on adding links to other data sources, particularly those offering linked, open data, to OSM. Key to thse are Wikipedia and Wikidata. To that effect, I added |website = and |url_pattern = to {{KeyDescription}} and started the RfC on a wikidata tag. Andy Mabbett (User:Pigsonthewing); Andy's talk; Andy's edits 17:01, 2 April 2014 (UTC)


I usually surf with whatever is the latest formal release of Chrome, under Windows XP, on one of:

  • A Lenovo S10-2 Netbook
  • a 21" Widescreen, 1920x1080

Or on:

  • An Android HD Desire

and most of my editing is done in JOSM