One of the things I’ve taken to saying in recent years is that sometimes we make mistakes because of circumstance and sometimes we make bad decisions because of reasons… so please just write those reasons down somewhere.
The Spelunker was rebuilt on a bare Ubuntu 16.04 Linux server, following Dan’s WOF in a Box instructions and everything worked without a hitch. Along the way, I made some updates to the “fetching and indexing data” piece specifically to make things faster and easier for people who just want to work with the data as-is and don’t need to make updates.
The first week I started at Mapzen, in 2015, I remembering thinking I wonder if I can swap out each one of third-party services used by Privatesquare with an equivalent Mapzen service? The answer, at the time, was “No”. It was a useful reminder of the work we had set out for ourselves.
It means that while things are not literally “better than yesterday” – since yesterday you didn’t have to read this blog post – it means that things are hopefully better than the yesterday of the last time a service you came to depend on had to shutter its doors.
Run Who’s On First on your own hardware.
Check out the most recent additions and updates to neighbourhoods in WOF!
Run Who’s On First on your own hardware.
Outlining a few one-offs, changes, and edits that were made to Who’s On First in 2017
The 70s were weird like that in a way that we don’t have time to discuss today except to say that Who’s On First would like to be the bucket of water to OpenStreetMap’s giant eagle.
Perhaps we can stop teaching our tools the bad habits of the past.
Get geometries, hierarchies, statistics and more with the Mapzen Places API.
Check out our recent additions to the Who’s On First gazetteer, including our partnership with Statoids!
Outlining and visualizing the work we’ve done to increase name translations in the Who’s On First gazetteer.
Photography as data collection.
How can we most effectively allow for understanding, visualizing, and interacting with Who’s On First?
Using the Extended Date/Time Format to track historical records in Who’s On First.
Making something less complicated is complicated.
I like to think the WOF API Explorer is another illustration of the idea that “Mapzen should always be Consumer Zero (of Mapzen services)”.
We’ve been busy updating neighbourhood records in Who’s On First - check them out!
The multifaceted maps we make simply reflect the weird and wonderful territory they represent. CSV and GeoJSON make it easier.
Anything you can do by clicking around the Spelunker should be able to be automated using code.
We made a handy tool that lets you download the descendants of a place as GeoJSON.
We’ve doubled the number of counties in Who’s On First by adding data sources and introducing mesoshapes to fill the gaps
Multiply "a lot of venues, even in the smallest of communities" by the "entire planet" and you’ve got… well, a lot of venues.
Documenting the life cycle and tracking rules of the Who’s On First ID
Introducing our bespoke web-based editor for Who’s On First records—helping GeoJSON help you.
A tiny website for sharing links to places.
I like that idea that there might be an instrument to measure the motion – the velocity – of people’s understanding of place
Collecting and analyzing Wikipedia data to extract useful information.
A handy guide updating neighbourhood records in Who’s On First!
Investigating the consequences of ambiguity in geography has never been so terrifying.
Yes No Fix is not a perfect solution but our hope is that it will at least make things a little better than they were yesterday.
Mapzen should always be Consumer Zero (of Mapzen services).
If you’re not from New York you may not appreciate just how wrong the current data for the Gowanus Canal is. … This sort of discrepancy is exactly what the spelunker was built to uncover.
Mapzen is building a gazetteer of places. Not quite all the places in the world but a whole lot of them and, we hope, the kinds of places that we mostly share in common. You might want to get a cup of coffee or maybe a drink if you’ve been thinking about this sort of thing for as long as we have (or maybe longer).