O’Reilly Where 2.0 2010

This week we’ve been at the Where 2.0 conference in San Jose, California. We submitted a talk and were fortunate enough to have it accepted. The talk was “Why I Track My Location and You Should Too” and involved John McKerrell, the founder of mapme.at, talking about his experiences of tracking his location and some insights he’s found over the years. We’ve put the slides for this presentation live on slideshare in case you want to take a look.

As part of this presentation we got in touch with the great people at ITO World. They’ve created some great graphics and visualisations in the past such as the OpenStreetMap Year of Edits image and video, and the OpenStreetMap response to Haiti earthquake video. Knowing that they can create some amazing work we asked them “What could you do with three years of personal location data?” In just a few weeks they came up with some really impressive visualisations.

All trips taken in the past 3 years from John McKerrell on Vimeo.

That image shows every single trip taken by John and stored in the mapme.at database. It shows all trips visible at once which is great on a global view but perhaps you’d like to see something a bit more close up, here’s every trip in London with all days shown at the same time:

All my travels in London run at once. from John McKerrell on Vimeo.

There’s more videos available, take a look at the slides on slideshare or on vimeo to see them.

We’ll be at the WhereCamp in Google’s offices in Mountain View this weekend. If you’re there say “Hi”, we’d love to discuss location tracking and visualisation with you.

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3 Responses to O’Reilly Where 2.0 2010

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  2. Martin says:

    Having a kind of statistics/cool presentation like the ITO World Videos would also be a nice feature, how can I make something like this?

  3. john says:

    @Martin – right now, the only way to produce these is to ask ITO World nicely, we’ll be looking at options for allowing users to produce similar videos in the future though.

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