Ramblings about State of the Map

Posted by escada on 26 September 2016 in English (English). Last updated on 27 September 2016.

This was my first State of the Map. That is if you do not count my virtual visits to all previous ones via the video sessions I have seen afterwards.

In this diary entry I will not write about the individual sessions, I keep that for another entry.

Let me start by congratulating the organisers and the volunteers for a great experience. Furthermore a big thank you to all people that did a presentation. I found the talks that I followed of a high level. That is they were informative, entertaining and brought by passionate people. Something I have not seen in other (non-OSM-related) conferences that I visited.

What I did wrong was that I visited too many sessions that are recorded and not enough bird of a feather (BoF) sessions. The ones that I visited (Public transport plugin for JOSM and Wikimedia’s Kartotherian) were very interesting.

It was good to see people that I only met virtually before, either via a forum, a Mapper of the Month interview or as part of the Weekly OSM team.

BTW, a big applause to my colleagues of the Weekly OSM/Wochennotiz team for winning the Influential writer award. It’s a pity that the SOTM team nor the OSMF team made more publicity about the winners of the awards (e.g. live via Twitter). Because I was in a BoF at that time, I still don’t know the other award winners.

Update: They are now listed on

I should also have been braver to talk to more people, but what do you say to famous people like Andy Allen or Frederik Ramm? Anyhow, if I would have talked to you, I would have thanked you for your hard work for OSM and for the “courage” to continue with your work for carto-css or “promotion” for craftmappers despite all critiques.

As for the OpenStreetView team, I love to have discussed the de-blurring in the website. For what I do (mapping destination signs), it’s a necessity and should take far less time than in Mapillary.

The social event had good food, but was missing beer. Not for me (I had to drive home), but an event in a former brewery with almost no choice in beer is strange, especially in Belgium. During the event, I had a nice talk with the woman that made the winning design for the SOTM logo and her partner, an American journalist.

I had a great time and feel sorry I missed the first day due to other obligations. And as Gregory sang at the end, we now will continue to “map, map, map”.

Comment from Andy Allan on 27 September 2016 at 10:57

what do you say to famous people like Andy Allen or Frederik Ramm ?

Anything you like! We’re all nice people and happy to chat. Next time you see me, please come and say hello. :-)

Comment from escada on 27 September 2016 at 11:00

Thanks for the invitation, Andy.

Comment from Zverik on 28 September 2016 at 12:19

Thanks for the write-up! There was beer in the brewery, you just had to ask a man behind the counter to pour it. Being famous in OSM is a myth, you have to talk to everybody :)

Comment from escada on 28 September 2016 at 12:33

I know there was beer, but I thought there was only 1 brand, not ? I haven’t seen anyone with anything else than pils, no real beers like Duvel :-) Not that it would have made a difference, I drunk water all evening as I had to drive back home.

Comment from escada on 28 September 2016 at 12:34

And it was good to see you in person Zverik. At least I talked to you :-)

Comment from Zverik on 28 September 2016 at 16:24

You too :)

Comment from PlaneMad on 28 September 2016 at 19:51

So wonderful meeting you escada! Thanks for all the help and resources you shared :)

Comment from jinalfoflia on 5 October 2016 at 20:06

It was so great and wonderful to meet you in person :-)

Login to leave a comment