year += 1 #=> 2009

Buffalo rule the road.jpgIt was another one of those years. Last year I thought was incredibly busy, and that things would slow down. This has been far from the truth.

In terms of speed, I flew over 50,000 miles, and that doesn't include the driving, trains, and other modes of transit - China, Kenya, South Africa, UK, and Italy. And home was an interesting concept, as I moved houses 5 times in 2008.

Beyond simple logistics, I was a part of some great events: CIFoo and FooCamp both revolved around similar concepts of the future of humans in technology, I shared my thoughts on neogeography, neocartography and traditional GIS at Where2.0, Stanford, FOSS4G, Future of Web Apps, and applied these concepts in helping with Twitter Vote Report. I captured these trends in an O'Reilly Radar Report that reminded me how hard it is to convey what is in your brain to linear sheets of paper with graphics.

African Trampoline crewI was also very fortunate to help with mapping of community and growth in New Orleans. The experiences learned from working with people - from Louisiana to Nairobi, food in Mozambique to food in urban gardens - are each amazing and informative in catalyzing the evolving set of capabilities and techniques.

Obviously a big event of 2008 was the company and technology that Mikel and I built, Mapufacture, joining with FortiusOne, which is shaping what 2009 will look like.

And most importantly, I had a great time - and met many new friends. Thank you for a great 2008.


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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.