Thank You!

Thank you so much to all of the WhereCamp organizers, volunteers, sponsors, and attendees who helped make the weekend fabulous. We had people traveling from as far away as Washington, D.C., as well as a great set of local Portland GIS users, planners, and geo-nerds.

Here’s a few highlights from around the web.

Kate Chapman talks about the unconference sessions:

I led a discussion on OpenStreetMap in the United States. It was the first time people have worded questions to me in the form of “What does the OpenStreetMap think about….” Getting across the free flowing community was somewhat difficult to explain for some reason, even with the Wikipedia parallel. A lot of interesting ideas came out of the session though, such as new renders for people that live or spend a lot of time outside. A potential rending of places with external outlets, water and places to sleep for example. There was also some interest in getting a two way data flow between government and OSM. In Washington D.C. we have been discussing how that model could potentially work and it appears that other governments might forward once there are some sample models out there.

James Fee’s keynote slides are online:

Several people posted photos of the weekend’s activities:

And hack night experimentation included the now-infamous “mayor=1” Foursquare extension.

You can check out session notes on the wiki if you’re curious what you’re missed (or just want to revisit the Strange Maps links collection).

We hope we’ll see all of you next year! But in the meantime, if you want to keep tabs on what’s going on, subscribe to this blog, and join the planning mailing list, which is also a good source of links to other geo-events around town.