A year ago I learned of the SoTM scholarships. My old expired less than 3 months after the conference, which means that European Union countries will not issue a visa in it. So I immediately applied for a new passport, knowing that the delays at the department of Home Affairs increased after they upgrade the security features on the documents they issue.
After I received the scholarship, it was a couple of nervous weeks while I waited for the passport, but fortunately it all worked out. As I explained in a previous post, it turned out to be a big adventure :
The conference has confirmed (to me at least) that OpenStreetMap is vibrant and growing, and since then I've done a lot of work for the project: I've upgraded my Gosmore map viewer with 3D, improved lowzoom and rendering and improved user interface. Routing has also improved, but it still needs some work.
I also teamed up with slashme to map soccer stadiums ahead of the FIFA World Cup (Soccer city near Soweto and The Royal Bafokeng stadium near Rustenburg).
I mapped Hilbrow, Florida Lake and few of the older suburbs of Johannesburg on my own. The city was established a little more a century ago. Much of the growth was due to rich gold deposits and the resultant high demand for labour. But lately, vast numbers of economic refugees have arrived from all over the African continent.