I have finally upgraded my old iPhone 3G, which I’ve had for a good three years, to a shiny iPhone 4S. The old iPhone has done well – it still works, although its volume control has fallen off and its back is scuffed and slightly cracked – dropping it recently, at speed on the A104… Continue reading Buying iPhone: An Unusual Retail Experience
So the huge Stratford City mega-mall opened up last week. But, thanks to a combination of the Olympic Park, security concerns, and existing geographical barriers, it’s actually rather hard to get to – particularly if you don’t have a car. As things stand, here are the ways you can get to it. I’ve marked the… Continue reading So Just How Exactly Do You Get to Stratford City?
I was one of the winners of the competition run by the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) to name the five areas of the Olympic Park that will, one day, be new residential areas. I actually entered the competition once for each area, but my “East Wick” was the winning name – it, appropriately, will… Continue reading London Olympic Park Village Names
(From my research blog) OpenStreetMap, the free wiki world map, is starting to come of age. The project is now six years old, and is gradually becoming noticed in wider circles, with AOL and Mapquest producing their own versions of the map, support from Google and Microsoft, and an ecosystem of companies set up around… Continue reading Review: OpenStreetMap – Using and Enhancing the Free Map of the World
Following a period of downtime, caused by the rapid increase in size of the OpenStreetMap database, OpenOrienteeringMap is now back online. There are now two editions – a UK edition which receives the live updates from OpenStreetMap, so will normally show roads and paths that are added to OpenStreetMap within a few minutes of the… Continue reading OpenOrienteering Map Back Online
Nike’s alternative reality game/metrogaine/street-o – Nike Grid – is coming back to the streets of London. This time it’s over two weeks rather than just a weekend, and involves an element of teamplay – you can join a team based on your London quadrant (N, E, S or W) or university, or an adhoc one.… Continue reading Nike Grid is Back
Simon has a good article about how OpenOrienteeringMap was used for a street orienteering event in St Albans. See it here.
ITOWorld have created a rather nice streetname error indicator layer for Great Britain, which graphically shows naming inconsistencies for streets, between OS Locator (part of the Ordnance Survey Open Data release) and OpenStreetMap, when using the latter’s editor tools. The service uses rectangular bounding boxes to show the discrepancies. Initially I thought this would not… Continue reading OS Locator vs OSM
Here’s what the Olympic Park in East London currently looks like on OpenStreetMap, following my recent tour and some other visual guestimating from outside the boundary fence: The brown areas shows the construction sites, most of which are for the Olympic Park, apart from the eastern area which is the Stratford City development and the… Continue reading Mapping the London Olympics
The National Library of Scotland’s high-quality scans of historical Scottish mapping have been made available under an Attribution licence, which means they can now be used to trace features for OpenStreetMap in Scotland. While the maps themselves were already out of copyright, the high quality scanned imagery itself was still subject to copyright. You might… Continue reading National Library of Scotland Historical Maps