OpenStreetMap Brighton is Launched

Thanks everyone who attended and sent good wishes for the launch of OpenStreetMap Brighton.

It was a minor feat to pull it all together and I learned loads. We had a good attendance, not massive, but quality. The Mayor led a toast and seemingly quite interested in pursuing OSM within the council; the Sussex Fire Chief attended and expressed great interest; the North Laine Traders Association; and a good showing of Brighton’s geeks and “regular” folks; and a cameraman from ITV Meridian, though I haven’t spotted any segment on air yet.

Chris Corbin, my partner in mapping Brighton, gave a storming talk on the state of government and geodata, and heartily recommended OSM. You can see his slides: OpenStreetMap Brighton – Chris Corbin. And my slides: OpenStreetMap Brighton 1.0 part 1 and OpenStreetMap Brighton 1.0 part 2.

This was a first for OSM. I really recommend other local OSM groups hold community events when they map is ready .. it’s a great way to get the word out.

I’m still trying to locate some photos of the night .. let me know if you took any.

Want to help improve this map?

We also printed the first finished OpenStreetMap map. We have many posters for distribution .. let me know if you’d like one. Particularly want to get these out and around Brighton.

The posters are sponsored by the generous local companies Mobbu and FuturePlatforms. Gemini Press did a very fine and quick print job. And many thanks to Richard Fairhurst for a great design.

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On the same day, another first. The Deckchair Guide, a local guide to Brighton written entirely by local people, published by QueenSpark uses OpenStreetMap. This, I believe, is the first use of OSM in a print publication. Buy a bunch, nice Christmas presents.

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We also hosted the public premiere of Locomatrix, a platform for GPS gaming, developed by Richard Vahrman and FuturePlatforms. Think of it as Playstation for the outside.

Also thanks to the very helpful Butlers Wine Cellar with bubbly and wines for the evening — wish we could have drunk more! And thanks to Malin for helping out with the serving. Finally everyone at the Brighthelm Centre for hosting, and Matt Weston Brighton Digital Festival for kicking the whole thing off.

5 Comments

  1. Andy Allan said,

    December 1, 2007 @ 3:04 pm

    Those posters look cool – pity about the ‘index.php’ being needed in the URL! I wonder how long before we see OSM fold-up maps (like a tourist map for London or somesuch) being printed and distributed.

  2. A few firsts at Brighton « thinkwhere said,

    December 2, 2007 @ 3:45 pm

    [...] It’s a great use of Openstreetmap data, and something that can be championed for other areas! As Mikel says, holding a “1.0″ completion event is a great way to increase visibility, and encourage discussion of *uses* of the map with the community. [...]

  3. Living with Dragons » Celebration for the map, Newcastle, and this blog said,

    December 11, 2007 @ 6:03 pm

    [...] It’s a time of wonderful celebration for Open Street Map. Recently Brighton coverage was declared completed and held the first OSM 1.0 launch party. Then this weekend just gone, some folks gathered in London for the OSM Christmas Party 2007 following which a Mapping Party took place in Medway to work on the area around Rochester. Meanwhile a leaflet is being produced by CCC to distribute to Cambridge households and university students that uses modified OSM to show the complicated bicycle restrictions/allowances they have there, an excellent use of what we’re doing. [...]

  4. Living with Dragons » Celebration for OSM, Newcastle, and this blog said,

    December 11, 2007 @ 6:05 pm

    [...] It’s a time of wonderful celebration for Open Street Map. Recently Brighton coverage was declared completed and held the first OSM 1.0 launch party. Then this weekend just gone, some folks gathered in London for the OSM Christmas Party 2007 following which a Mapping Party took place in Medway to work on the area around Rochester. Meanwhile a leaflet is being produced by CCC to distribute to Cambridge households and university students that uses modified OSM to show the complicated bicycle restrictions/allowances they have there, an excellent use of what we’re doing. [...]

  5. Version OpenStreetMaps de Nestoria en El Blog de Nestoria - el Buscador de Casas y Pisos más facil de usar said,

    January 9, 2008 @ 8:05 pm

    [...] OpenStreetMaps parece que está en un buen momento de forma. Si el proyecto no te es familiar, echalé un vistazo por favor. Ultimamente ha habido hechos que cabe destacar al respecto como la donación de grandes paquetes de datos por parte de organizaciones comerciales y municipales que han destacado la importancia la comunidad a la hora de mantener los datos y de cartografiar de forma comprensible ciudades gran tamaño. OSM es también usado por universidades de la talla de Oxford. [...]

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