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Why SOTM EU Was Awesome

Two weeks ago, Europe had its second State of the Map conference, SOTM EU 2014. I’ve attended several OSM conferences over the years and I can say that undoubetely SOTM EU was the best one yet.

What follows is my analysis of what worked best in the conference and what other OSM conferences can learn from the SOTM EU organizers.

Why Imports in OpenStreetMap Are Controversial

OpenStreetMap’s goal is to map the entire world, so one might assume that anything that would help give the project a leg up would be welcome, but what many potential importers find is that the OSM community, in particular the more senior members, are hostile to imports. Understanding their strong feelings can be difficult, but I’m going to take a look at the issues around imports in the community, and why they’re so controversial.

Fearing French and Embracing Esperanto

This post is about why I fear French, and what my attempt at taking this problem on has taught me. This is one of the most personal blog posts I’ve made in several years, but in it are lessons for nearly everyone, especially if you are considering learning a second language