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Keynote Presentation by Steve Coast, at the OpenStreetMap's, State of the Map conference, Manchester 2007

Keynote Presentation by Steve Coast, at the OpenStreetMap's, State of the Map conference, Manchester 2007

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  • 1. Over 100 people
  • 2. From 5 countries
  • 3. 2 days
  • 4. 25 Presentations
  • 5. This Mapping Stuff Could Really Take Off SteveC
  • 6. We begin with a refrain...
  • 7. Rember that OSM Evolved
  • 8. We just hit 1,000 people editing per month
  • 9. PAST
  • 10. Where did we begin?
  • 11. It began...
  • 12. 09-Aug-2004 18:47:25 UTC
  • 13. Or did it?
  • 14. OSM Through History
  • 15. 2004
  • 16. 2005
  • 17. §
  • 18. 2006
  • 19. Rember that OSM Evolved
  • 20. Mapping parties really worked well
  • 21. 2007
  • 22. Month of OSM
  • 23. Digital Pioneers NL
  • 24. PRESENT
  • 25. Data Models
  • 26. It started with nodes
  • 27. then segments
  • 28. then much later, ways
  • 29. The API design infected the UI
  • 30. nodes, then segments, then ways
  • 31. Rember that OSM Evolved
  • 32. ...only much later do we find that the model, despite much argument, is what Real Companies basically use
  • 33. Some Lessons
  • 34. Segments were supposed to be tagged
  • 35. Tags worked really well...
  • 36. ...but there were supposed to be tag equivalences
  • 37. Tags create debate Tags create community
  • 38. WFS-T is still dumb N/S/W simplicity wins
  • 39. Google Tiles have killed WMS
  • 40. Workflow was supposed to be split - •GPS •Vectorisation •Classification
  • 41. How to run a F/LOSS project
  • 42. Don’t listen to anyone, they only say everything is impossible
  • 43. Don’t listen to anyone, they only say everything is possible
  • 44. In short - nobody is pragmatic
  • 45. Pragmatism wins
  • 46. Concentrate on community (it helps if you wrote all the server code too)
  • 47. This means debates (tags), pubs (mapping parties), simplicity (N/S/W) and spreading the gospel (talks)
  • 48. I’ve given over 40 presentations on OSM in 6 countries...
  • 49. ...and lots of people still haven’t heard of wikipedia
  • 50. Give people doing the work responsibility (sysadmin, tile, www, OSMF)
  • 51. Ignore everyone else
  • 52. (unless flamewars look fun)
  • 53. We only got here by totally ignoring the GIS industry
  • 54. •GPS Inaccurate •WFS-T required •Tags will never work •Database will be too big •OS have mastermap
  • 55. FUTURE
  • 56. Data: UK-US comparison
  • 57. US GeoData Maket Price 100 ‘%’ ‘Quality’
  • 58. US GeoData Maket Price TIGER- derived (mostly) TIGER 100 ‘%’ ‘Quality’
  • 59. UK GeoData Maket Price 100 ‘%’ ‘Quality’
  • 60. UK GeoData Maket OS Price OSM 100 ‘%’ ‘Quality’
  • 61. UK GeoData Maket OS I’m ignoring ex- copyright data as Price its place is very debatable OSM 100 ‘%’ ‘Quality’
  • 62. UK GeoData Maket OS Price OSM 100 ‘%’ ‘Quality’
  • 63. UK GeoData Maket OS Price OSM 100 ‘%’ ‘Quality’
  • 64. UK GeoData Maket OS Price OSM 100 ‘%’ ‘Quality’
  • 65. We’ve seen this before
  • 66. OS Market Windows Price Linux 100 ‘%’ ‘Quality’
  • 67. OS Market Windows (Think price per feature) Price Linux 100 ‘%’ ‘Quality’
  • 68. The future is croudsourced
  • 69. knowledge maps OS
  • 70. This is just the beginning
  • 71. Everything is going to be croudsourced
  • 72. Phones TV Money Work Data News Accomodation Travel knowledge maps OS
  • 73. All these are doing is removing the obstacles
  • 74. Ordnance Maps People Survey
  • 75. Maps People People
  • 76. People Banks People
  • 77. Money People People
  • 78. Coase’s Penguin (Yochai Benkler) Commons-based Peer Production: •Non-monetary motivation •Discrete multi-size pieces •Low-cost integration
  • 79. Coase’s Penguin (Yochai Benkler) Commons-based Peer Production: •Fun •Takes 5 minutes •Easy
  • 80. Should OSM be an open map...
  • 81. ...or a Socialist Utopia?
  • 82. Phones TV Money Work Data News Accomodation Travel knowledge maps OS
  • 83. $$$ Kernel, XFree, KDE &c.
  • 84. Data models...
  • 85. We *still* don’t have PostgreSQL, geoSQL or a new data model
  • 86. It remains to be seen whether anyone will ever do the work
  • 87. We don’t know when the UK / World will be finished (mid-2008 anyone?)
  • 88. Or what map maintenance will look like (opposed to map creation)
  • 89. We know we’re going to be at least 50% wrong
  • 90. (Rember that OSM will Evolve)
  • 91. But it will be fun.
  • 92. The journey is the reward
  • 93. Thanks for all the maps Steve Coast