This Mapping Thing Could Really Take Off

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

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This Mapping Thing Could Really Take Off

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

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