GIScussions


Citymapper – London’s Uber?

Last week Citymapper (one of the poster children of the UK’s OpenData movement) announced the launch of their CityMapper PASS card. Citymapper started out with a travel app based on the early releases of transport open data by UK public providers, they then launched a hopper bus service for a short while and this morphed into their shared taxi service “Ride“. Along the way they raised an enormous amount of funding for a relatively small […]


Never Lost Again

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 […]


Shithole Geography re-interpreted at KortDage

I was invited to deliver a keynote last week at KortDage to an audience of nearly 800 Danish (and Scandinavian) GI professionals. There were just a few snags: The person who invited me said “Last year Jack Dangermond gave a keynote, this year we wanted something different”. No challenge there! The slot was at 9.00am on the final morning after the delegates had been up till 1.30am boogying I don’t speak Danish and I wasn’t […]