[OKFN-AU] The fun begins :) #melbourne #okfnau

Henare Degan henare.degan at gmail.com
Fri Dec 7 07:35:48 UTC 2012

Seriously impressed David. I really love the practical, outcomes-focussed

Nice work, makes me wish I was in Melbourne :)



On 7 December 2012 10:41, David F. Flanders <david.flanders at ands.org.au>wrote:

> See below for a post on the first event we'll be doing in Melbourne to
> kick off the New Year (as well as the first of a dozen meetups in Melbourne
> on the 5th day of each month for #OKFNau).  I'm just putting up the post
> now, though of course would greatly appreciate any feedback.  /dff
> *We are pleased to announce a one day hack-a-thon to create an
> OpenStreetMap-based bicycle map of Melbourne.  We’ll need data geeks,
> cartographers, programmers, graphic designers, sysadmins and most
> importantly Melburnians to help us design and produce a beautiful paper map
> useful to all Melbourne’s cyclists.
> The tasks of the day are simple:
> a) Identify the tools needed to create a map from OpenStreetMap data
> b) Design a beautiful map style, to make the cartography as professional
> as possible
> c) Lay out the most useful parts of the map into a compelling, two-sided
> design
> d) Assemble the tool pipeline to produce an image ready to go to printers
> As the final AIM of the Day:
> Why do we want to make this map?
> 1.) Melbourne has been a-changing (and will continue to change, a good
> thing) - we just need all those changes from the past year put down in
> single piece of paper :)
> 2.) There is lots of great open data in OpenStreetMap we can use to create
> a rider friendly map.
> 3.) This effort is the first of a dozen ‘Open Knowledge’ projects that the
> Melbourne chapter of the Open Knowledge Foundation is undertaking this
> year, e.g. one for each month in 2013 (subscribe to this blog for more).
> 4.) We like maps and we like data and getting together with a community of
> like-minded Melburnians who want to share their knowledge about Melbourne
> is great fun :)
> 5.) We think this map expertise will be the base of several other ‘Open
> Knowledge’ projects will do around adding data to maps, e.g. historical
> walk map through Melbourne, culinary food trails, etc...
> When is this hack-a-thon?
> Saturday the 5th of January 2013 from 10am to Late (or whenever we get the
> map printed)! ← Finally a chance to actually fulfill one of your New Year’s
> resolutions right from the start (volunteer your time for a good cause that
> helps your fellow citizens by helping us create this map!).  Best of all
> your second New Year’s resolution to ride your bike more will be well on
> its way!
> Who should attend:
> Anyone and everyone who would like to know more about Melbourne and how to
> map data onto a map that every citizen can use.  We don’t know what will
> come of the day, but if enough of us get together we are confident that by
> the end of the day we’ll have a map that we can all use in our day-to-day -
> or at least all have a much better understanding of Melbourne and what
> cycle routes go through it.*
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