There will be a pub meet and hackfest in Oxford during the weekend of 8th-10th December 2006 for participants in both the OpenGuides and OpenStreetMap projects. The timetable for the weekend has been finalized as follows:

Timetable (a.k.a. the bit you actually need to know)

Friday 8th December: Social

Saturday 9th December: Hackfest

  • 10am-5pm
  • Dom's house (Email Dom for location information)
  • Pizza delivery lunch?

Saturday 9th December: BBC Backstage

Sunday 10th December: OpenStreetMap event


The main point of contact for the weekend is Dominic Hargreaves <dom@…> on 07976 569915.


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NameEmail addressPub on Friday?Hackfest on Saturday?backstage.bbcMapping on SundayAccommodation required?Accommodation arranged
Dominic Hargreavesdom@…yesyesyesyesn/an/a
Nick Burchopenguides@…yesyesyesyesn/an/a
EarleMartinsee home pageyesyesyesyesyes
Ivor Williamsivorw-openguides@…yesyesyesyesyes
Robert (Jamie) Munrorjmunro@…yesprobablyyesnon/a
Tom Heathyesyesyesyes
Mark Gavedmaybemaybemaybeyes
David Sheldon yesprobablynomaybeNo
Rich maybemaybe
Inigo Surguy maybenononono
Artem Pavlenko likelypossiblynoprobablynon/a
Leif Isaksen yesmaybe non/a


The Friday evening should be a mixture of socialising and discussing some of the more general aspects of OpenGuides (and OpenStreetMap/free data in general).

Some general areas for discussion:

  • Development in OpenGuides: we have lots of open tickets, what are the priorities and how can we ensure that they are taken care of?
  • Scaling: currently we have one guide per city or region; do we need to rethink this to be able to provide a global view of the world?
  • In conjunction with the above: can we present a single portal for OpenGuides traffic?
  • Integration with other geo systems: Can we mashup OpenGuides and OSM data sets in a way that people want, rather than lots of duplication of effort?
  • Technological improvements: FastCGI, mod_perl, OpenLayers?+OSM, some Class::DBI/MVC framework needed?
  • Installation/deployment improvements
  • Default styles: a nice default look and feel is long overdue. Chasing Torchbox or doing it "ourselves".
  • Spam filtering and authentication frameworks
  • Anything else that people think of, or that stems from our bug list.

Saturday daytime should largely be a hands on hacking session where we can start improving OpenGuides again based on the discussions the previous night. I would expect to start around 10am and work until 5pm with a break for lunch.

Hackspace won't be available past then, as I am going to the backstage bash with at least some other OpenGuides people. This is a bit inconvenient but Oxford is close enough to London that I hope people can manage both.

What happens on Sunday depends on when people turn up really. I would expect more OpenStreetMap people, and it would probably be worth doing some public promotion of this event (tie-ins with OpenGuides/OSM - not much public promotion of OpenGuides has happened yet. Can we base ourselves somewhere central, prominent and warm to have a base and send people out mapping? Do we need to get a venue for this where members of the public can wander in? has info on mapping targets. Also go through and record geo coordinates for Oxford OpenGuides nodes?

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