Blue Posts and lots of upcoming events

Posted by Harry Wood on 14 November 2012 in English (English)

We've got quite a range of London events upcoming in various stages of planning:

TONIGHT! - Join us in The Parcel Yard pub here in the new bit of Kings Cross station from 7pm for our regular London winter pub meet-up

Thu 22nd - geomob - They've just announced the line-up. Six different geo-presentations followed by pub. This is always a fun geo crowd, and usually a fair few OpenStreetMappers in attendance.

Sat 24th / Sun 25th - London branch of Operation Cowboy - This one is being organised by Tom Morris. He's yet to confirm the venue, but has a plan. I hope this can be a good "training" event, at which people can go and learn or share tips about OpenStreetMap editing (That should be the focus I think. Not so sure about the "cowboy" ideas) But it's not my event! Somebody else is organising something. Hurray! For that reason alone, I'd encourage everyone to support it. It will need experienced mappers and of course lots of inexperienced mappers to sign up to it. Tom has been promoting it to the wikipedians, but there's probably quite a few other people who have been waiting for a non-pub related non-hacking mapping related OpenStreetMap event. How to get the word out to those people? I've pondered training kind of event formats for a long time. Hope it works well.

Sat 1st & Sun 2nd December - Hack Weekend. The dates are not necessarily set yet, but this seems like the most likely weekend. It means it'll clash with Sanitation Hackathon (a humanitarian tech event), but it's the best weekend for OpenStreetMap hacker availability. If you're within range of London and interested in the technical side of OpenStreetMap ("internal" development or just using OSM data) then keep this weekend free. More details to come very soon hopefully.

And finally the Christmas Party 2012. We've got a wiki page so far at least. We should probably pick a date.

Phew! So thats the upcoming stuff.

The last London winter pub meet-up was at the Blue Posts. We had a small gathering but with a couple of new folks.

Aimee was along to learn about OSM and get ideas for possible projects. She's looking to do something map related for her MSC. We discussed "circular routing", choosing a route to go on a circular cycle/walk taking in some sights before looping back. The cyclestreets guys have done some work along these lines.

We also had Jack along. He was investigating the various ins and outs of running your own tile server (The kind of things introduced here on switch2osm). Andy was able to give him plenty of pointers. In particular he was asking about memory and other requirements when renting virtual machines, which is something Andy knows all about from running OpenCycleMap and transport map.

Also here's Andy with a banana:

on flickr

We went for burritos later, and I forgot my bank card behind the bar, so we just had to go back and have more beers after that. No choice!

So tonight we'll be at the pub again. All the details on the wiki. We'll be in the Parcel Yard pub in the new bit of Kings Cross station. Something a bit different. Easy access for people entering/leaving London on the train! Come join us at this and/or any of the other events mentioned above.

Location: St. James's, Mayfair, Westminster, London, Greater London, England, SW1Y 4LB, United Kingdom

Comment from LivingWithDragons on 14 November 2012 at 13:37

Someone in the photo turned up early for Operation Cowboy!

Circular routing sounds great. I'd also point people to the Research wiki page. At least put a stubb to say you're doing something. Feel free to look for ideas and contact people who have done similar stuff.

Comment from Harry Wood on 14 November 2012 at 14:51

I just remembered another thing we talked about. Leaflets. Andy's nearly run out. We should get some more printed. Also jack showed off many free T-shirts etc. We should have OpenStreetMap T-shirts

Comment from hbogner on 14 November 2012 at 20:59

Some of us from Croatia are going to visit London 19.01.2012.-20.01.2012. and would like to meet and have a few beers on the 19th.

Is there some event planed that week, and is there anyone willing to meet?

Comment from Harry Wood on 15 November 2012 at 10:40

I guess you mean 2013. Would be great have beers with Croatian OSMers! I've put it in my diary. We can do beers on Saturday 19th or maybe we could do another weekend-long event that weekend.

Comment from hbogner on 18 November 2012 at 15:06

Yes, I meant 2013. :D We are in Wales 14-19.01 and in London 19-20.01. so we have to plan to meet in that period, for beer or any event. We have to be on plane back around noon on 20th, so 19th sounds better.

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