[ok-london-announce] My open data interests. OpenStreetMap and placr.co.uk

Jonathan Gray jonathan.gray at okfn.org
Mon Aug 1 11:35:39 UTC 2011

Big +1 on this! :-)

I'd love to see an OSM/OKFN meetup in London, focused on bringing new
geospatial data sources into OSM.

Harry: do you think you might be able to help put this together? Kat
will be more free to organise more stuff after September. Perhaps we
could put something together for October or November?


On Tue, Jul 26, 2011 at 12:47 PM, Harry Wood <mail at harrywood.co.uk> wrote:
> I had a good time at the London OKFN meet-up last night. I can see lots of
> positive buzz on twitter too ( http://twitter.com/#!/search/%23opendataLDN
> )
> What things do we want to do as a follow up?  My feeling is, I didn't get
> chance to meet many people, so I thought I'd introduce myself here:
> I'm interested in this stuff for two reasons:
> Firstly I want to build bridges with the OpenStreetMap community. This is
> the largest open data project to come out of the UK, but it doesn't always
> get the recognition it deserves. I think this is because it's entirely
> volunteer-driven, with a small not-for-profit organisation at its core, and
> no full-time employees, and so we haven't always managed to be very
> coordinated and organised with promotion. I've found myself in charge of
> running London OpenStreetMap events (@OSMLondon on twitter)  Perhaps
> OpenStreetMap can work with the Open Knowledge Foundation very directly in
> some way, but I'm sure we can also benefit from wider awareness and adoption
> by the open data community.
> Secondly I work for placr.co.uk  and we're passionate about open data.
> Jonathan Raper does a lot of campaigning, particularly within government,
> and has recently blogged with an overview of the UK's open data landscape,
> and how companies like placr can fit into it:
> http://placr.co.uk/blog/2011/07/the-growth-case-for-open-data/ As well as
> offering consulting services around using and releasing of open data, we're
> working with transport datasets to create a range of product offerings. Some
> of these are available to have a play with. See here:
> http://placr.co.uk/gallery/
> So my work and my hobby are both very open data oriented. I'm also a bit of
> a wikipedia fan. Basically I'm a bit open-obsessed. Feel free to drop me an
> email if you're interested in those things, but perhaps we can get some
> conversations going on this mailing list too.
> Harry Wood
> http://harrywood.co.uk
> @harry_wood on twitter
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Jonathan Gray

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