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Developer Day – sign up now!

Friday, January 29th, 2010

We’ve now firmed up plans for our Developer Day, to be held in the coming month.

We’ve had various kind expressions of interest from people wanting to get involved at a more technical level, either in terms of programming or the OpenStreetMap-related aspects, and we thought this would be a good way of helping that process along.

If you wish to come, please add your name to the birdcage of possible dates. If we’re not likely to recognise your name, please drop us an e-mail so that we know who to contact!

The possible dates are:

  • Friday 19th February
  • Saturday 20th February
  • Friday 26th February
  • Friday 5th March
  • Saturday 6th March

and it will be held in Cambridge (location to be confirmed).

The sorts of things we expect to cover are:

  • Overview of the CycleStreets architecture – explaining the way the system works, and what its limitations and strengths are, as well as how the code is structured. (We’ll expand heavily on the stuff that’s in this introductory FAQ.)
  • Improving the translation from OSM data to CycleStreets (and how it works).
  • The feedback system and its feeding-through to OpenStreetMap data.
  • How other webapps can be built around CycleStreets (or integrated as layers and new sections in some way)
  • Plans for open-sourcing.
  • How to get other people helping with coding of the most complex part of the system: the routing engine
  • Longer-term direction of CycleStreets.
  • Mobile phone interface(s).
  • Funding!
  • But mostly … Whatever people want to talk about.

CycleStreets Developer Day coming soon

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Eureka moment: the bacterial (amoeba) algorithm

We’re planning to hold a Developer Day soon.

We’ve had various kind expressions of interest from people wanting to get involved at a more technical level, either in terms of programming or the OpenStreetMap-related aspects, and we thought this would be a good way of helping that process along.

It will be held in Cambridge and probably on a Friday or Saturday in March/April, if not sooner.

The sorts of things we hope to cover are:

  • Overview of the CycleStreets architecture – explaining the way the system works, and what its limitations and strengths are. (We’ll expand heavily on the stuff that’s in this introductory FAQ.)
  • Improving the translation from OSM data to CycleStreets (and how it works).
  • The feedback system and its feeding-through to OpenStreetMap data.
  • Plans for open-sourcing.
  • Mobile phone interface(s).
  • Getting more funding!
  • Whatever people want to talk about.

If you’re interested, do drop us a line. I’m sure there’ll be plenty of pizza!

Pizza!

View from the Street – in itinerary listings

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

We’ve now added a Street View facility to the itinerary listing pages. We think this will really help people to visualise the routes planned in many urban areas.

Many thanks to George Coulouris, who wrote the main code to integrate this facility into CycleStreets.

To use it, just go to an itinerary listing, e.g. Itinerary 100,000 and click on the ‘Street View’ icon   next to any segment of the route, and the Street View panel should open just below that point.

Please do use the feedback button to provide a bug report if it doesn’t work in your browser. It seems to be OK on FF3/IE8/Chrome but more testing is welcome.

The system uses Google Street View, which is limited to some urban areas only, although Google are gradually covering more areas .

100,000 cycle journeys planned on CycleStreets

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

We’re pleased to announce that the CycleStreets Cycle Journey Planner today reached a milestone of 100,000 journeys planned.

(Well, actually it was 99,999 – we added the next one to reserve the number!)

How long till 1 million? … :)

Overview of CycleStreets: your questions answered

Monday, January 4th, 2010

We’ve created some long-needed documentation: Overview of CycleStreets: your questions answered, covering a number of areas:

Many of these are things which we’re often asked about, particularly from people within the technical community.

GeoVation Awards Programme submission

Monday, January 4th, 2010

We’ve submitted an entry for the GeoVation Awards Programme – view our venture.

A similar idea to what CycleStreets has been implementing was submitted by someone else, at https://challenge.geovation.org.uk/ideas/57 – please do add a rating for that idea. (Requires login first, but it’s fairly easy.)

We welcome your feedback, especially to report bugs or give us route feedback.

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