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How People Search For Locations How People Search For Locations Presentation Transcript

  • How people search for locations (and how OSM can make it easier) Ed Freyfogle SOTM2009
  • Who am I?
  • Property search engine
  • Currently four EU countries
  • 1M+ users/month All searching for locations
  • Key Learning: Users are weird and make mistakes
  • S Mis pellings and typos ^ • “marlyebone” • “clarkenwell” • “balencia” • “mannnheim” • “direnze”
  • To much information • “London E1” • “in der nähe von münchen” • “greater birmingham” • “UK soho london england great brit” • “Maiano di Firenze”
  • Not enough information • “Zentrum” • “near the station” • “South” • “Gran Via” • “vista mare”
  • Is that supposed to mean something? • K, B, KA • hearts & beds, Chueca • 0207, 089 • 20100 • 2brücken
  • Usability issues Search box: above the fold
  • Usability issues Search box: ABOVE THE FOLD
  • Usability issues Search box: ABOVE THE FOLD!!!!
  • Usability issues Search box:??????????
  • 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!!!!)
  • 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?
  • Thanks OSM Community!
  • Learn more http://blog.nestoria.co.uk Twitter: @nestoria
  • Questions?