Monthly archives: June 2013

Augmented Reality for Walkers on Android – BCS OSSG joint event with BCS Hampshire

BCS OSSG + BCS Hampshire – Augmented Reality for Walkers on Android

Thursday July 4th 2013

6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Location : Southampton Solent University , Room 326 3rd Floor Reginald Mitchell Building Southampton Solent University , SO14 0RD
Speaker: Dr Nick Whitelegg

Augmented reality – the concept of overlaying the real world with digital data – is becoming increasingly popular in the smartphone app world.

This talk will discuss the development of an Android augmented reality app for walkers in which the camera feed is overlaid with footpath data from OpenStreetMap.

The talk will discuss the technical details of how the app is being developed – including use of the sensor and OpenGL APIs – as well as some of the issues surrounding the real-world usability of the app.

Nick Whitelegg is a senior lecturer in Computing (Web Development) at Southampton Solent University and teaches on a range of undergraduate software development courses including Java and web development. He has contributed software and data to the OpenStreetMap mapping project and has developed an open source mapping site and associated tools for walkers.

This free event is open to both BCS and Non-BCS attendees, jointly with the Hampshire Branch, BCS Open Source SG and Southampton Solent University.

Booking details : .



Flossie 2013 Conference in London 8-9 November – Call for Proposals Deadline 19th July 2013

Flossie 2013

Flossie 2013 is a two-day event for women who use or are otherwise interested in any aspect of open technology, open knowledge, digital arts, and social innovation.

Tickets now available!

When and where


Friday 8 November & Saturday 9 November 2013


Queen Mary, University of London, E1 4NS (Directions)

Flossie is for women interested in using open source as coders, artists and social innovators.

The organising committee are inviting proposals for Flossie 2013:

  • Talk about your current project or a project you’d like to set up
  • Show digital artwork based on open source hardware or code
  • Skills sharing workshops on any aspect of Free/Libre Open Source software, hardware, data – anything open!
  • Talk about social innovation and diversifying technology design
  • Send us your idea for an activity – as long as it’s open! Even if you don’t feel you have the expertise yourself, and just have an idea, let us know.
Deadline for proposals extended to: 19th July 2013

OpenStreetMap convention in Birmingham, UK: 6-8 September 2013

OpenStreetMap logo


The Free Wiki World Map

6-8 September 2013 (Friday-Sunday)

State of the Map will be at Aston University Business School Conference Centre, Aston Street, Birmingham, England. View on OSM

OpenStreetMap’s annual international conference, State of the Map is returning to the UK, the first time it has come to the UK since the very first State of the Map in 2007.

State of the Map is the global gathering for everyone contributes to and/or uses OpenStreetMap. There will be keynotes and a breakout stream of presentations and workshops examining current practice, organisation and relationships; and preparing for the changes we can expect in coming years. In fact, so much has happened and is happening to OpenStreetMap that the theme of this year’s conference is “Change”.
2007 today
10,000 registered users 1.1 million registered users
50 million GPS points 3.2 billion GPS points
Advanced editor: JOSM version 321 JOSM version 5939
Easy editor: Potlatch 0.5 iD editor launched
time to wait before edits appeared on the map: about a week about a minute

Booking to attend the event is now open. The amount of accommodation on-site is limited and is first-come, first-served

Booking details etc. can be found at: