FOSS4G & Victoria Mapping Party

Tomorrow I fly out to Victoria, British Columbia for next week's FOSS4G conference (Free and Open-Source Software for Geoinformatics).

On Tuesday I'm giving a lightning talk, "Beyond GPS - Neogeography Data Collection". I'll give a quick overview of what people are now starting to map with for aerial imaging, environmental monitoring, traffic, mileage, and more. The conference looks really great - particularly because it's covering the future of a number of subjects I'm interested and participating in such as APP, REST, GeoRSS, KML, and more.

I'm going early because over the weekend we're having a OpenStreetMap Victoria Mapping Party. This will be my first OSM Mapping Party - but I've heard great things about them, and always lots of Pub time after the good workout.

The map below is the OpenStreetMap coverage of Victoria. I'm embedding it using GeoPress and Mapstraction (end plug). If you read this post before Sunday, September 23, 2007 you'll see a several holes in the coverage of roads. Hopefully, after this Sunday you'll see nearly complete coverage.

And if you're in the area of Victoria (either side of the border) this weekend or Monday, then definitely stop in with or without a GPS receiver to join in on the fun.

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Andrew Turner is an advocate of open standards and open data. He is actively involved in many organizations developing and supporting open standards, including OpenStreetMap, Open Geospatial Consortium, Open Web Foundation, OSGeo, and the World Wide Web Consortium. He co-founded CrisisCommons, a community of volunteers that, in coordination with government agencies and disaster response groups, build technology tools to help people in need during and after a crisis such as an earthquake, tsunami, tornado, hurricane, flood, or wildfire.