Category Archives: London

Upcoming Tulse Hill, London Mapping Party

Tomorrow (20th Aug) evening, I will be running a mapping party in Tulse Hill, South London. The meetup is in a pub called “The Railway”.

Next week Thomas Wood will be organising a mapping party in Croydon, which has some fast trains into Central London.

Thereafter there will be some mapping parties in Central London. I’ve noticed that many streets are not showing up on the no-names map, due to people tagging them name=FIXME. It would also be nice to get some more points of interest in Central London to make the data richer.

Missed London Mapping Marathon Yesterday

First up, this is my first post on my self hosted wordpress blog. I have imported all the posts and comments from my old blog into this one for future reference.

Last night I skipped going to the London Mapping Marathon event out in Chiswick. It is the first London Mapping Marathon Event that I have missed so far. It seems that it was the busiest mapping party in the marathon yet, with the cake not being big enough, so the mappers have had to be creative and create extra slices off the map. Hopefully in future event we will get more people to say that they are going along on upcoming, so that there is more publicity, since the event will come to the top of the popular events list.

I instead went along to the Southwark Park Road walkabout. In comparison was rather quiet. Last week we had the mapping party in the area to name the road, with some good progress. Unfortunately the people there are unlikely to become mappers, but are more likely to become users of the data, such as where the cycle routes are. Especially when they are more complete and in a paper form. While on the walkabout, I did collect some more data.

How do you tag a market that is in a pedestrian area, during the day, but by night you can hardly tell that there is a market there (other than the high power sockets)?

Cycling: London to Brighton

On Saturday I cycled from London to Brighton. It’s the first day long cycle that I’ve done since I cycled from Bletchley to Bedford and back, over a month ago. Yeah I did lots of cycling at the Woking Mapping party, but there was lots of breaks and cul-de-sacs.

I couldn’t even get 10 minutes away, and I managed to get totally confused by the signage for the National Cycle Network route 23. Having the Cycle Map and an intermittently working bluetooth GPS was really useful. Looking at the trace and where the sign posts were it appears that some of the signposts around the South end of South Norwood Country Park are totally ambiguous, alternatively the route has been changed recently. There was a few other places that I had to double back because I had missed a turn.
Further south there was some nice views across the hills.
I was quite surprised when I found that the national cycle route goes right through the middle of Gatwick airport
Had a little bit of a wander in Brighton before getting the train home.
I added a few extra pois, road names and the southern end of the ncn 20 into Brighton to the osm data.
In the future I should try and leave before lunchtime, for these day long cycles, which I should do more often.
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And finally Brighton Peir for the first time: P1030488.JPG


Last weekend I was at Mashed08. I stayed there overnight, so didn’t get much sleep.

Didn’t do any mashing up, though I did finally start writing a bit of ruby code to take a file with a list of street names, and ask the OSMXAPI whether that street exists within a specified bounding box.
It was interesting to see what people were doing. There was very few people doing anything with maps. There were a few groups who using high resolution satellite imagery rather than plain old maps. A lot of people were working on something that was tv or audio related, such as ripping the subtitles and translating them into another language in almost real time. Twitter seems to be rather popular.
The event was featured in this week’s BBC News Click programme. (BBC iPlayer only works in the UK and programmes are only available for one week.)
I’m uploading the better photos to Flicker with the Mashed08 tag.
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When your at a station waiting on a delayed train, just get some bean bags out to sit on:
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(Kinda ideal for getting passers by ask were the bean bag sale is).