Martin Atkins (mart) wrote in apparentlymart,
Martin Atkins

2008 on OpenStreetMap has produced a really neat visualization of 2008's OpenStreetMap edits. It starts zoomed in on Ipswich, which is not far from my former home of Colchester, and I was quite pleased to see the little flash of Colchester as it zooms out... that's (partially) me! You wouldn't spot it if you didn't know exactly what to look for, but whatever.

More interesting on the global scale is just how much editing went on last year, not only in the UK but all over the world. It's great to see OpenStreetMap taking off, though I'm still sceptical whether it can really ever have any use beyond getting CC-licenced maps to go on a website's "How To Find Us" page, since you can't rely on it for any place you don't know. (Having said that, though, there are of course parts of the world where maps are not so readily available, and I do hope OpenStreetMap can go some way to addressing that problem.)

(FWIW, Colchester is still incomplete &mdash there are a few folks still working on it, but there are still large chunks of it not mapped — but I believe neighbouring town Wivenhoe (which is where I actually lived) has all of the important streetmap-level details.)


  • Moved to TypePad is now hosted on TypePad rather than LiveJournal. All of the old content remains over here in LiveJournal land, but those who are…

  • Moving the Goalposts

    In the few weeks since I published the first drafts of AtomActivity, ActivitySchema and friends several things have come about: FriendFeed is…

  • Activity Streams and Comment Aggregation

    One pain point that exists for activity streams right now is the dispersal of responses over various networks. When I post a blog entry like this…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.