How People Search For Locations

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  • 1. How people search for locations (and how OSM can make it easier) Ed Freyfogle SOTM2009
  • 2. Who am I?
  • 3. Property search engine
  • 4. Currently four EU countries
  • 5. 1M+ users/month All searching for locations
  • 6. Key Learning: Users are weird and make mistakes
  • 7. S Mis pellings and typos ^ • “marlyebone” • “clarkenwell” • “balencia” • “mannnheim” • “direnze”
  • 8. To much information • “London E1” • “in der nähe von münchen” • “greater birmingham” • “UK soho london england great brit” • “Maiano di Firenze”
  • 9. Not enough information • “Zentrum” • “near the station” • “South” • “Gran Via” • “vista mare”
  • 10. Is that supposed to mean something? • K, B, KA • hearts & beds, Chueca • 0207, 089 • 20100 • 2brücken
  • 11. Usability issues Search box: above the fold
  • 12. Usability issues Search box: ABOVE THE FOLD
  • 13. Usability issues Search box: ABOVE THE FOLD!!!!
  • 14. Usability issues Search box:??????????
  • 15. OSM actually has a good search It’s just not on osm.org and no one knows about it. Why not? (note where the search box is!!!!)
  • 16. We want to help We will sponsor someone to work on making OSM / open source geo query parsing better. • Office space (in Central London) • Datasets • Computers • Funding Ideal project for student?
  • 17. Thanks OSM Community!
  • 18. Learn more http://blog.nestoria.co.uk Twitter: @nestoria
  • 19. Questions?