Mapping @ SxSW

Dan Catt announced that his panel was accepted at SxSW '07 in March. The title is excellent too: Mapping: Where the F#*% are we now?

Mapping, geolocation, and neogeography really is becoming broad and mainstream. This is an example of moving the technology and techniques beyond the geo-geeks, to a broader audience of users and designers. I'm looking forward to hear more about who the panel will include and topics to be covered.

SxSW, South-by-SouthWest, is a multimedia festival held each year in Austin, Texas (March 9-18, 2007). I believe it started as a music festival but has greatly expanded into interactive media, especially web, design, art, and now I guess geo. And at $250 for three-days of conference alone, then add in some more for a ton of music, it's a great deal.

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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.