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22 November 2009 - 18:58Printable local data sheet for visitors?

Here’s a simple idea to help visitors to a new area.  Maybe it’s been done before and someone can leave a comment about it?

The problem – when you visit a place you don’t know you have no idea what you need to see, where to get a map, which pubs and cafes are nice, where the worthy landmarks are etc.

Possible solution – visit a site that gives you 1-2 pages of printable (or iPhoneable) data culled from WikiPedia, OpenStreetMap/GMaps, OpenPlaques, Flickr, Twitter and more.  The pages would give you a summary of what’s there to see, some history, maps and also some recent information (probably via Twitter).

The printable option would be useful, iPhone coverage still isn’t great in the UK in the smaller and more interesting towns.

Personally I’d use this – we go walking to places that we don’t know every weekend and some background, a map and some topical info (e.g. are there any fairs or events happening today?) would be super useful.  I’d guess that this would be useful for anyone visiting an area, even just for parents coming to visit for the weekend.

Does anything like this already exist?


Ian applies Data Science as an AI/Data Scientist for companies in ModelInsight, sign-up for Data Science tutorials in London. Historically Ian ran Mor Consulting. He also founded the image and text annotation API Annotate.io, co-authored SocialTies, programs Python, authored The Screencasting Handbook, lives in London and is a consumer of fine coffees.

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