Mappers meet developers meet open data

It’s Mapitude time


Mapitude draft programme

Saturday May 22nd

Coffee, set up, feature requests

from 09:30 to 10:00


Upstairs Hackspace projects

from 10:00 to 17:00


Session 1 Better mapping

Using and adding photographs Brian Prangle

Adding a map to your website or blog Simon Dann & others

Beginner’s tool set: editors, iPhone apps

from 10:00 to 11:00



from 11:00 to 11:15


Session 2 OSM state of the map

Open data, Ordnance Survey. Local data. Warwickshire competition. Where next?

Output to Google maps vs OSM, some notes Simon Dann

Tools for conviviality

from 11:15 to 12:00


Session 3 Advanced mapping

Creating custom map styles

Cyclestreets Shaun Macdonald

Hosting your own OSM installation, Mappa Mercia Q & A Christoph Boehme

from 12:00 to 13:00



from 13:00 to 14:00


Session 4 Maps on mobiles

OpenSatNav & augmented reality maps on mobile phones Steve Brown

Track My Journey Shaun Macdonald

from 14:00 to 14:45


Session 5 Adding data, public sector information

UK-postcodes, Lichfield DC Stuart Harrison

OpenlyLocal Chris Taggart

from 14:45 to 15:30



from 15:30 to 16:00


Session 6


from 16:00 to 16:30



Show new stuff

from 16:30 to 17:30



Open data, linked data news


Open Data, Linked Data & The Semantic Web explained: ReadWriteWeb


Nigel Shadbolt: slides on the work can be found here #www2010


World Bank Open Data initiative TBL says “Everybody’s doing it!”


UK government guidlines

Office of Public Sector Information regulations: public sector information re-use


Local government

What data sets are local public bodies already releasing for re-use? Local public data panel


Warwickshire’s data is opening up announcement


Guest post about new #Warwickshire #opendata site: WM Regional Observatory


Warwickshire have 26 different open data sets and feeds available at


General Election



The Great British Economy Disaster by John Lanchester in the London Review of Books



Election diagram: deficit cuts compared by party  Datablog Information is Beautiful


5 Great Mapping Apps to Help You Track the UK General Election Resourceshelf



Vote Match is designed to help you with determining your voting preference for the UK General Election. Votematch

Find out about your MP


Election day

Tactical voting guide  based on latest Guardian /ICM poll. Find your constituency, work out where your vote can be most effective. Voting guide



Public transport layers on German open street map

Also covers UK, scroll.


PDF maps from #OSM: make your own TownGuide


Discussion on local data and open database license as used by Mappa-Mercia


Open Layers: free maps for the web V 2.9


Mapitude Birmingham #OSM workshop.

OpenStreetMap for web developers workshop day May 22nd Birmingham. Details, booking

Tickets sold out 30th April



cd-roms and ipads – analysis of publishing as a workflow and why iPad will not save glossy magazines.

“For those of you blessed with senile amnesia or youth, CD-ROMs were the first wave of “interactive media” in the mid-eighties, and the great hope for publishing houses struggling to understand what they might be doing in the 21st century. Companies from Dorling-Kindersley to News Corp threw millions into CD-ROM publishing, with very little ultimate return.”


Ian Betteridge: notes for a talk on designing for the iPad Technovia

Frederic Filloux on design, newspapers, iPad

“The fundamental fracture between print and digital media lies exactly here: paper is a fantastic vector for a reading experience driven by curiosity; the web is a cold medium utterly efficient for a search-based, focus-driven reading.
How to reconcile the two? There is no single (nor simple) answer. Such solution will arise from a combination of User Interface evolution with a real ability to deal with new devices, and with better search implementation.”

Monday Note

iPad DJ video YouTube

Rebirth by Propellerheads is out for the iPhone iPad next?

Creative Commons, copyright & IP in April

Copyright Criminals documentary: sampling & IP law

A documentary titled Copyright Criminals, which examines the messy three-way collision between digital technology, musical collage, and intellectual property law used 400 brief but unlicensed clips.

‘… one of those slapped with a suit was George Clinton—for sampling one of his own records. True story. “Yeah, I got sued for sampling my own stuff,” Clinton told us with a bemused smile.’

Copyright Criminals


Dutch government flips entire web copyright to CC0 by default


Science Commons: we’re launching the public discussion period for our CC patent tools


Peer-to-patent lets the public participate in the examination of patent applications Community Patent Review


Journalism in April

Follow the money. Tools for reporters investigating companies

The Investigative Dashboard, or ID, is a space for investigative journalists and citizen reporters to find resources, share information, and learn new ‘tricks of the trade’.

ID is not, however, just a collection of tools and tips. It is also part of an international initiative to encourage collaborative trans-national work and to build networks between investigative reporters across the globe.

Organized crime and corruption doesn’t stop at national borders, so why should journalists?


Investigative Dashboard




Bureau of Investigative Journalism: Pitch us your stories

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has issued an open invitation for journalists with great unpublished stories to pitch them for possible funding.

The Bureau is based at City University and was officially launched yesterday after receiving £2m in funding last year from the Potter Foundation

Press Gazette