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

David F. Flanders david.flanders at ands.org.au
Mon Dec 10 05:49:17 UTC 2012

And we wish you were in Melbourne :)
As to the post is now published :) - any tweets, listservs, <narrowcasting>
greatly appreciated as always :)



On 7 December 2012 18:35, Henare Degan <henare.degan at gmail.com> wrote:

> Seriously impressed David. I really love the practical, outcomes-focussed
> approach.
> Nice work, makes me wish I was in Melbourne :)
> Cheers,
> Henare
> 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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