#mapitude is back 

Mapping workshop at Birmingham Science Park Tuesday 29th May 2012, 2.00 to 6.00 pm

A workshop for web developers and OpenStreetMap people.

For organisations and people who want to use OpenStreetMap for geo location and custom maps: web and mobile developers, mappers, bloggers and open data users from the public sector, social enterprises and start-ups.

Keywords: OpenStreetMap, map, geolocation, mobile, Mappa Mercia, developer, blog, open data

Type: unconference


Please register through the eventbrite page


Twitter uses: check out the Lanyrd page and add yourself

Developer track: developers and OSM people with knowledge of WordPress/ leaflet/ Tilemill/ geo RSS/ postcode search/ OSM 

User track: non-tech people who have a user group and scenario for mapping but don’t know how to implement using OSM. “I want a map to do X. Can I do I do that using OSM?”

Beginner track: advice on getting started. My advice is go here sign up. Then book  for Mapitude 2012. Mappa Mercia is the OpenStreetMap group for the West Midlands. Learn about what they do here Mappa Mercia and join the mailing list.


For beginners

How do I edit the map? How do I use OSM in a blog?

For data journalists and researchers

I’m using Google tools for data analysis, what is the workflow if I use OSM for mapping output? What tools are available to use OSM for visualisation?

For public services

Can we mix Ordnance Survey and OSM data? How can we use OSM to improve services and engage the public in co-production of public services?

For start-ups

I have some data I don’t want to release under an open licence. Can I use it with OSM data and mapping?


Agenda so far

– brief show and tell from developers about work they are doing or tools they find useful.

– a project mapping access for wheelchair users with Alison Smith of go genie 

– a hate crime reporting and monitoring project with Matthew Green and Ideal for All It’s a current geovation challenge entry

– data journalism and mapping: access to Olympic venues with Paul Bradshaw of Online Journalism Blog

– connecting citizens with government with Mark Iliffe and the Taarifa project

– grow your own data: allotment mapping with Andrew Mackenzie

– landcover monitoring helps park managers in the tropics monitor habitat loss with Lucy Bastin


Plus whatever you bring to the day.

It’s large room with a projector. There is plenty of space to breakout if people want to hack. We could have streaming video or audio. I could do with some help organising if people want streaming.



People and some example maps

Stuart Harrison is webmaster for Lichfield City Council. He uses maps like this:

a map of the Olympic torch route 

my area map for LIchfield.


Stuart Lester has good knowledge of open source mapping and GIS. He works in Birmingham City Council GIS department. He would like you to know about the bid to bring the Free and Open Source Software Geo conference to the UK next year. That’s 1,000 open source map techies FOSS4G


Philip John is a WordPress developer and founder of Journal Local and the Hyperlocal Alliance. Here’s a torch relay route through Walsall. He can show you how to add a map to your WordPress blog.


Pete Lancaster develops online services at Warwickshire County Council. Here is a beta council services page 


Mike Rawlins blogs at Pits ’n Pots and Talk About Local. He is working with Adrian Short, who did Armchair Auditor and Sutton Bookshare. They have a mobile augmented reality app in development. You can try the WordPress geolocation plugin 


Andy Robinson is a major contributor to OpenStreetMap and a founder member of Mappa Mercia. He cannot be here for the workshop, but here is an art and cycling project he did using OSM and Leaflet.


Matt Williams has written a postcode search for OSM.

Rob Nickerson can show you how to make edits in OpenStreetMap.

Andy Mabbett is a freelance consultant and noted Wikipedian. He trains new OSM editors and has contributed to mapping projects including breweries, gritting-routes and allotments.



Room 8A

Birmingham Science Park Aston

Faraday Wharf,

Holt Street, 


B7 4BB


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Thanks to Simon Jenner of the Science Park for use of the room. Anyone thinking about a tech start-up should check out the Oxygen Accelerator programme he is running. Applications open 1st June.



Mapitude started as an event and will continue as the focus of mapping and community activity for take21.

The 2010 event brought together web developers and people from the OpenStreetMap community; both mapping specialists and members of Mappa Mercia, the OpenStreetMap  group for the Midlands. There was a programme of talks and a hackday running in parallel.

Several people wrote blog entries about the event. Stuart Harrison and Chris Taggart wrote explaining the process they used to map data at ward level. Stuart Harrison Mapping the changes Chris Taggart Ward maps on OpenlyLocal (& how I did it) Michael Grimes was in the team too Mapping council wards against public statistics Simon Whitehouse at Digital Birmingham took a broad view  Mapitude: Looking ahead at open, public data

Blog post and draft programme for the day  Mappers meet developers meet open data

Mapitude was sponsored by Digital Birmingham