To claim that there is a single unifying theme behind Geomob speaker roster
would probably be an overstatement. Yet, if there was a common thread between the three out of six talks on last night's even, it would be Harry Beck and his London Underground map.
The focal point was certainly excellent talk by dr. Maxwell Roberts on rethinking transport maps. Case studies featured new mapping concepts for London, New York and Berlin transport networks (although that pesky Spiekermann seems to have done the Berlin one first).
The re-examination of the established map representations of London featured
strongly in at least two other talks.
Geoff, the current Guinness Record Holder for Tube Challenge, presented Station Master app that provides essential information on all 398 stations in London Transport network. The most notable aspect are 3D maps of the stations as well as the useful tips on how to dodge British Transport Police and assorted vigilantes while mapping underground stations.
Tom Chance also presented an unusual perspective by mapping the air pollution in London. For me, the star of Tom's talk were technologies such as OSM,
QGIS or Leaflet. These are the tools that enable a passionate domain expert to tell engaging and urgent stories in the medium of online maps.
It is the real testament to the strength of the Geomob that this was only half of the field. We also had outstanding talks on the geography and demographics of energy consumption by Sarah Goodwin, as well as the return of old acquaintances like [Splashmaps (http://www.splashmaps.net/) and Walks.io, an exciting new collaboration between Dimi and illustrator / designer Patu.
All in all, another great Geomob! If all of this sounds of interest, make sure to sign up for the next on in January.