Recruiting the crowd to produce compelling location-aware public transport promotional displays

A session at 45th Annual Society of Cartographers Summer School

Wednesday 9th September, 2009

9:30am to 9:30am (GMT)

How effectively does the transport sector currently use the promotional space available to it at bus stops and nearby to promote public transport? How can new (and old) geo-aware datasets be used to create effective tailored promotional messages that suit both the geographic and demographic context . What can be learnt from outdoor advertising companies such as JC Decaux and ClearChannel Adshel who provide many of the UK's bus shelters about the art of promoting products and services in a urban context.

Peter Miller will review current practice across different parts of the UK in both the transport and the advertising sectors. He will then explore the available data-sets, both professional and crowd-sourced, that could be used to create more compelling messages. Finally he will explore collaborative methods of assembling this information into coherent posters and propose that the public (ie the 'crowd') should be recruited to create these displays. Peter is CEO of ITO World Ltd who provides location aware bus information for National Rail Enquiries and are also active supporters of OpenStreetMap. Peter is actively involved in OpenStreetMap, Wikipieda and Geography and ITO is an industrial partner of 'Ideas in Transit' (www.ideasintransit.org) together with the Ordnance Survey.

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Peter Miller

Peter Miller. Sustainable transport activist; co-founder ITOWorld.com. Contributor to PedestrianLiberation.org and CoachwaysUK.org. My personal opinions! bio from Twitter

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Time 9:30am9:30am GMT

Date Wed 9th September 2009

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