Upcoming travel and conferences: North America, Africa, Europe

This fall is shaping up to be an amazing travel schedule. I'll be making a tour of 3 continents in 4 weeks speaking at conferences and giving workshops on mapping, community, and open-source. Mikel will be on 4 continents in a similar timeframe - but then, he's commonly doing that.

What will be really exciting about this succession of talks is that each will build on the next. Starting at an OGC meeting on OpenSearch-Geo and related community geosearch standards, carrying that to the Web2.0 Expo to talk about similar trends in technology and application as it affects businesses and developers - then to Africa to do on the ground workshops and talks on free and open data and code, and finally up to London to take the lessons learned about users in communities around the world and how the next generation of web applications need to be built to meet the needs and goals of people and not just serve a technology.

I know I'll be continually working on slides and material the entire voyage.

If you're around these cities and these times, I'd love to hear from you and get together. Mikel and I are putting up our schedule and notes on the OpenStreetMap wiki. Make sure and bring your GPS (or borrow one of ours)!

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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.