<ul><ul><li>Open Travel Culture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jani Patokallio </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li...
The Idea <ul><li>“   Travelers’ best information source is other travelers.   ” </li></ul><ul><li>-- Evan Prodromou, </li>...
Wikitravel.org <ul><li>&quot;Wikipedia meets Lonely Planet&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Launched in July 2003 </li></ul><ul><li...
Wikitravel Press <ul><li>We turn  Wikitravel the website  into  printed Wikitravel guidebooks </li></ul><ul><li>Addresses ...
Flow between website and book: 1) Edit guide 2) Publish guide 3) Deliver guide 4) Read guide 5) Edit guide...
Technological challenges <ul><li>“   How can something as  fluid  and  unpredictable  as a Wiki can be turned into a  prof...
Wiki to print <ul><li>Why not just export HTML to PDF? </li></ul><ul><li>Because... </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Single column te...
Solution:  Yucca <ul><li>Wiki to TeX to PDF engine </li></ul><ul><li>TeX: Professional DTP engine </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ha...
 
Maps <ul><li>Having maps is a nice little bonus for Wikitravel.org articles... </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Plenty of other maps ...
OpenStreetMap to the rescue! <ul><li>Vast treasure trove of detailed, CC-licensed map data </li></ul><ul><li>Output custom...
OSM v2: Helsinki, Finland
Commercial challenges <ul><li>“   Why is Wikitravel  better than  Let's Rough Planet, and  can I trust  what's inside?   ”...
Up to date travel information <ul><li>Coup in Thailand? </li></ul><ul><li>Missile test in North Korea? </li></ul><ul><li>C...
Why? <ul><li>Information in a normal guidebook can easily be over 5 years old </li></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;Editions&quot; a...
Editorial process <ul><li>Raw data from  Wikitravel community </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Incredible coverage and depth of knowl...
Print on demand <ul><li>Revisions every month </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Soon: Immediate prints of “live” data </li></ul></ul><...
Sample order <ul><li>Mon: Place your order </li></ul><ul><li>Wed: Your order ships </li></ul><ul><li>Fri: Your order arriv...
Future plans <ul><li>Roll-your-own guides </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pick your places, we print your book </li></ul></ul><ul><l...
We're hiring! <ul><li>Looking for a  Kuala Lumpur  guide editor </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Content already in decent shape </li...
The Idea <ul><li>“   map ,  search, filter  and  share  your flights and travels with friends or the entire world  ” </li>...
 
In a nutshell <ul><li>First open-source travel mapping application </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Launched January 2009 </li></ul><...
 
 
Aviation data <ul><li>Commercial airport databases cost >US$1000 </li></ul><ul><li>The OpenFlights airport and airline DBs...
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Open Travel Culture: Wikitravel Press and OpenFlights (long version)

  1. <ul><ul><li>Open Travel Culture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jani Patokallio </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul>
  2. The Idea <ul><li>“ Travelers’ best information source is other travelers. ” </li></ul><ul><li>-- Evan Prodromou, </li></ul><ul><li>founder of Wikitravel </li></ul>
  3. Wikitravel.org <ul><li>&quot;Wikipedia meets Lonely Planet&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Launched in July 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>Almost 50,000 articles in 20 languages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Over 20,000 in English version alone </li></ul></ul><ul><li>10,000+ edits/week </li></ul><ul><li>Webby Award for Travel in 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>CC Attribution-ShareAlike license </li></ul>
  4. Wikitravel Press <ul><li>We turn Wikitravel the website into printed Wikitravel guidebooks </li></ul><ul><li>Addresses an obvious need </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I nternet is good, but sometimes paper is better </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Current guides are 3-10 years out of date </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sold online at Amazon.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ordinary bookstores are too slow for us! </li></ul></ul>
  5. Flow between website and book: 1) Edit guide 2) Publish guide 3) Deliver guide 4) Read guide 5) Edit guide...
  6. Technological challenges <ul><li>“ How can something as fluid and unpredictable as a Wiki can be turned into a professional-grade guidebook? ” </li></ul>
  7. Wiki to print <ul><li>Why not just export HTML to PDF? </li></ul><ul><li>Because... </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Single column text: waste of space </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poor image handling: a thumbnailed map is useless </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No cross-referencing: a printed hyperlink is useless </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No table of contents or index: needed when you can't hit CTRL-F for Find </li></ul></ul>
  8. Solution: Yucca <ul><li>Wiki to TeX to PDF engine </li></ul><ul><li>TeX: Professional DTP engine </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hairy syntax, but extremely powerful, and allows automated layout </li></ul></ul>
  9.  
  10. Maps <ul><li>Having maps is a nice little bonus for Wikitravel.org articles... </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Plenty of other maps online </li></ul></ul><ul><li>But maps are absolutely necessary for a printed travel guide </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Difficult/tedious to draw by hand </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Major obstacle to finding editors </li></ul></ul>
  11. OpenStreetMap to the rescue! <ul><li>Vast treasure trove of detailed, CC-licensed map data </li></ul><ul><li>Output customized with XML &quot;style sheet&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Cross-referenced with listings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Automatic numbering </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Listing index boxes </li></ul></ul>
  12. OSM v2: Helsinki, Finland
  13. Commercial challenges <ul><li>“ Why is Wikitravel better than Let's Rough Planet, and can I trust what's inside? ” </li></ul>
  14. Up to date travel information <ul><li>Coup in Thailand? </li></ul><ul><li>Missile test in North Korea? </li></ul><ul><li>Colonial hotel now a strip mall? </li></ul><ul><li>Hip restaurant turned into furniture showroom? </li></ul><ul><li>...not according to your Let's Rough Planet... </li></ul>
  15. Why? <ul><li>Information in a normal guidebook can easily be over 5 years old </li></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;Editions&quot; are when it's sold, not when it's compiled </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Time lag of up to a year between research and compiling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Only a small part is actually revised in each edition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Most guidebooks (esp. off the beaten track) revised only once every few years </li></ul></ul>
  16. Editorial process <ul><li>Raw data from Wikitravel community </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Incredible coverage and depth of knowledge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Over 10,000 edits weekly </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hand-picked editors in charge of books </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Intimately familiar with destination </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Receive a royalty on sales </li></ul></ul>
  17. Print on demand <ul><li>Revisions every month </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Soon: Immediate prints of “live” data </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Printed on demand at a press near you </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Under 24 hours from order to print at Amazon </li></ul></ul>
  18. Sample order <ul><li>Mon: Place your order </li></ul><ul><li>Wed: Your order ships </li></ul><ul><li>Fri: Your order arrives </li></ul><ul><li>(target for regular shipping in continental US, no guarantees unless you order as expedited and may take longer elsewhere) </li></ul>Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
  19. Future plans <ul><li>Roll-your-own guides </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pick your places, we print your book </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How fresh do you want it? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Absolutely uncensored, latest patrolled version, or human-edited </li></ul></ul>
  20. We're hiring! <ul><li>Looking for a Kuala Lumpur guide editor </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Content already in decent shape </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maps can be taken from OSM </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sign up for a 12-month contract (renewable) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Royalties paid for every book sold </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Option to distribute locally </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Other guides for Malaysia, Thailand etc also possible - ask! </li></ul>
  21. The Idea <ul><li>“ map , search, filter and share your flights and travels with friends or the entire world ” </li></ul>
  22.  
  23. In a nutshell <ul><li>First open-source travel mapping application </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Launched January 2009 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>&quot;Web 2.0&quot; interface </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Map changes in realtime </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Share your map with friends </li></ul><ul><ul><li>On Facebook as well </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CSV/KML import/export </li></ul></ul>
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  26. Aviation data <ul><li>Commercial airport databases cost >US$1000 </li></ul><ul><li>The OpenFlights airport and airline DBs are free! </li></ul><ul><li>As of Jan 2009: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>5391 airports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>5871 airlines </li></ul></ul>
  27. Thank you!

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