In this old diary entry I mentioned several neat things, including QualityStreetMap version 2, which is all about presenting mappers with an assessment of completion levels. There's something quite neat about the idea of binding things to an endless globe-spanning grid, and following the Tile naming conventions used everywhere with tile image rendering seems like a smart idea too. But grids have their disadvantages...
How awesome is this? Developed by User:Hind (and anyone else who wants to fork it on github) it shows a cake diagram as a bunch of clickable areas, with the ability to take ownership of cake slices, as well as commenting on them, and chatting to eachother about it.
It also has the idea of rating the cake slices by progress, which is then shown prominently as different colourisation. So you see this tool ends up being half way between the QualityStreetMap assessment idea, and ye olde cake diagram. The assessment idea is not so important for our London usage, where we simply bagsie cake slices beforehand, and hopefully do uploads to progress the state of the data after the event. This system was more designed for realtime collaboration on sketching aerial imagery, and largely inspired by the Russians' experiences of the Saransk mapping party (see awesome video) I imagine it could be very useful for Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team coordination.
But let's try it out for London mapping parties too. The cake diagram featured here was put in as a test, but it's a real life genuine cake. We're mapping it on Tuesday! So here's the old way of doing a cake diagram & sign-up list, and here's the future. That's right. It's 2011 and the cake diagrams just went clickable. How our grandchildren will laugh when we show them those old non-clickable cake diagrams.
Did I mention we were going mapping on Tuesday? All the details and sign-up. In fact there's several events for Londoners to be aware of:
- Tues 10th - Mapping evening in Pimlico. Do some mapping, or just join us in the Morpeth Arms from 8pm to chat about maps. Bring a friend!
- Thu 12th - #geomob. This presentations evening on geo topics comes around every three months or so. Usually the topics involve some OpenStreetMap goodness, and there'll be a bunch of us OSMers in the audience. sign up
- Sat 21st & Sun 22nd - Hack Weekend May 2011. This is a fun event involving laptops and delving into some OSM technicalities. Swing by if you're a hacker guru or if you're just curious to learn some stuff about OSM.
- Sat 21st - OpenTech - Clashing with the hack weekend unfortunately. OpenTech is a pretty massive annual gathering of open technology people, with a packed schedule of talks including... me! Talking about OpenStreetMap before I rush off back to the hack weekend :-) Chris Osborne will also talk about "Visualising Big Data" (Big OpenStreetMap data? I think so!)