SOTM07 – The line up so far

The Call for Proposals for the State of the Map 2007 has really got the Open Mapping community going, with submissions ranging from the interesting to the bizzare and from the contemporary to the controversial. To wet your appetite and give you a sneak preview of what you can expect in July, we’ve picked some of our favourite submissions so far.

The release of OSM’s new cartography the week before last has highlighted the role that traditional cartographic methods can play along side neo-geography. At the forefront of OSM’s cartography are Steve Chilton (Chair of the Society of Cartographers), Richard Fairhurst (Editor, Waterways World) and Artem Pavlenko (Mapnik). Both Steve and Richard will be presenting papers relating to cartography and its role within neo-geography. We can expect some expert advice and some serious critiquing of the quality of cartography on the web.

Leading in the “who travelled the furthest” league so far are a team lead by William Cartwright from RMIT University, Australia, who are presenting a paper entitled, “Developing Concepts for an Effective Atlas”, which challenges the traditional concepts behind atlas production and composition, questioning their place in the Internet enabled world.

Leaving aside cartography, there’s going to be plenty on offer for the dedicated geo-hackers out there, with presentations about vehicle tracking and tagging schemas (to name just two) as well as hands-on workshops where you can learn from the developers of OSM apps like Osmarender, and the much anticipated Potlatch map editor with other workshops covering mapping and surveying skills.

For the high-brow legal eagles out there, there’s going to be a panel discussion about OSM’s licensing, giving you the chance to hear from some of the leading voices in the “Great OSM Legal Debate”. In true OSM style, the floor will be thrown open to questions – so start thinking now.

This is just a snapshot of what you can expect in Manchester is July. The conference organisers are working hard behind the scenes to make sure we can bring you the best in geo-hacking, cartography, surveying and neo-geography as well as top rate entertainment in the evenings. If you are interested in attending the conference, send an email to, to be added to the conference mailing list and notified as soon as registration opens. If you want to submit a paper or workshop, follow this link, to be taken to the submissions page.

And if you thought it was going to be all maps, databases and licences, think again. The mysteriously entitled paper “OSM and the art of Bicycle Maintenance” is bound to grab a few headlines.

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