Tag: san francisco

by Bonnie Bogle

Hundreds of users, contributors, and mappers are converging next month in San Francisco to discuss [OpenStreetMap](http://www.openstreetmap.org/), the free and editable map of the world often called the “Wikipedia of maps.” More than 1 million people have signed up to contribute to OpenStreetMap, making it the world’s largest open-source map. Here at [MapBox](http://mapbox.com/) we’re interested in [...] more »

by Emily Wright

Low vacancy, so many homeless people, beautiful old buildings, shuttle buses to Silicon Valley … and warning, I’m going to talk about earthquakes. If it gets scary, stick with me: There’s good news at the end, ways to better understand the specific risks facing San Francisco, and some easy places to start. Let’s Talk Numbers [...] more »

by Rodrigo Davies

Sam Jacoby, a master’s student in the High-Low Tech research group at the MIT Media Lab, contributed to this report. “Our job is to get government used to the idea of failing.” Nigel Jacobs’ New Urban Mechanics team at Boston’s City Hall has piloted several successful projects since its launch in 2010, from video game-inspired [...] more »

by Philip Neustrom

LocalWiki is all about community, and we believe that starts with people coming together and having fun. Here are a couple of recent examples of ordinary people hanging out, having fun, and building out LocalWiki projects! San Francisco parklet ride A couple of weeks ago, we were slated to have an absolutely beautiful weekend here [...] more »

by Eric Rodenbeck

In some ways you could say that the Dotspotting project started with San Francisco’s sewage and drain system. A few years ago I started noticing some strange dot markings on the curbs of city sidewalks, directly above the storm drains like the one you see on the left But on closer inspection, it turned out [...] more »

by Mike Ivanov

It’s time for another project update. We’ve been hard at work on the core of the software that will power LocalWiki. We’ve also been spending time running around meeting people passionate about local media and planning out many things to come. Basic groundwork laid Many of you know about the Davis Wiki, but what you [...] more »

by Jordan Salinger

When I entered Stamen’s offices in the Mission district of San Francisco, I saw four people gathered around a computer screen. What were they doing? Nothing less than “mapping the world” — not as it appears in flat dimension, but how it reveals itself. And they weren’t joking. Stamen, a data visualization firm, has always [...] more »

by Tony Shawcross

In 2008, the Open Media Foundation (then Deproduction) received a $380,000 Knight News Challenge award, and it was a major turning-point for our organization. We added staff, formed new partnerships, and maintained a level of growth that had us approximately double in size each year over our first five years after forming in 2004. The [...] more »

by David Sasaki

2008 was the year of aggregating data related to local communities and displaying that information on maps. Knight News Challenge grantee EveryBlock, for example, labored to convince city governments to make their data more open and accessible, and then created a beautiful map interface to display what is happening where in real time. Map of [...] more »