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Never Lost Again   Recently updated !

Thanks to Ed Freyfogle, I have just finished reading Never Lost Again by Bill Kilday. If you enjoy books about the history of tech and the rollercoaster of a startup in the early part of this century, this is a great read. For me it was a compulsive page turner, partly because I thought that I knew the story and of course I didn’t. Kilday was the VP Marketing at Keyhole from just about the […]


#geomob BCN is born

Last week I hopped on a plane to Barcelona to hang out with my pal Ed Freyfogle, strategise about the development of his OpenCage Geocoder business (where I am an advisor) and to support him at the launch of geomob in Barcelona. Barcelona is an awesome city with great food, wonderful walks, beautiful buildings and of course the beach, but I think it is fair to say that the tech scene in general and the […]


Entryism in Open Communities

If you are a follower of the OpenStreetMap Foundation mailing list you may recall that there was a flurry of concern in late November 2018 regarding 100 new members, all of whom worked for the Indian data factory GlobalLogic. The new members had all signed up in a relatively short time period just prior to the cutoff point for new members to vote in the annual OSMF Board Elections and understandably some people thought that […]


Sh*thole Geography Standup Quiz

Here is a little bit of fun for you to enjoy at a staff social, after your Xmas lunch or in the pub one evening This is how the Sh*thole Geography Standup Quiz works. “At the beginning everyone stands up.  Quizmaster asks a question with 3 suggested answers. If you think the answer is the first one put your left hand up, if you think it is the second one both hands up, if you […]


Mappery

In case you missed it, Ken Field and I have started a new little venture called Mappery The idea started when we were on safari in Tanzania before FOSS4G 2018, hence the elephant logo. Our aim is to gather pictures of “maps in the wild“, who knows where this might go or what a map in the wild might be? If you have a picture of a map that you would like to send to […]


FOSS4G is going to be an amazing event

I attended my first FOSS4G 5 years ago, I really had no idea what to expect even though I’d agreed to chair the organising committee! I’d been to lots of Geo conferences before and never experienced the passion, friendship and technical depth that a FOSS4G has. Since Nottingham, I’ve been to 2 more global FOSS4Gs, 2 UK FOSS4Gs and this year’s European FOSS4G and I can’t wait to go to Dar in August. The IT […]