State of the Map Scotland 2013

On the 12th of October I had the privilege of presenting some of my recent research at the 2013 OpenStreetMap State of the Map Scotland conference at the Inspace Gallery in Edinburgh.

My half hour talk covered my interest in the use of 3D tags in OpenStreetMap and how this data could be used to produce 3D architectural visualisation and physical models, with the potential to open up access to these powerful tools to communities and organisations that currently can not afford them. I covered the work I had been involved in to map building data in the Gorbals, and the possibilities for this approach to be streamlined and used to map other areas. Along the way I covered OSM2World OSMBuildings, 3D Printing, LIDAR, open data, and distributed manufacturing. I then went on to speak a bit about my more broad interest in the role that architects and other professionals working in the built environment might play in the open/commons movement.

My thanks go to the conference organisers, and particularly Bob Kerr and Tim Foster, who have helped put me in touch with the ever helpful OpenStreetMap Scotland community. Thanks as well to Chris Fleming who provided live-streaming of all of the presentations and Shaun McDonald who recorded the video of my presentation below.

The event was well covered by social media. In fact, as I was presenting, the OpenStreetMap Bolivia twitter feed was watching and translating key points in to Spanish! The Storify below covers some of the key tweets that focussed on my own presentation and some highlights from across the days that I attended.