Small steps forward for an open data community

About a year and a half ago, I wrote a short piece on this blog summarising a simple idea about discovering blue plaques from a mobile phone. Come June, this had turned into a small project called Open Plaques, which had attracted a small group of collaborators and machine tag integration with Flickr.

A year later, and the community has continued to grow, slowly. An amazing 2651 plaques have been added to the database, which is more than I could ever have imagined even existed.

To move things a bit further forward still, we're organising an Open Day (thanks to some funding from the RSA), to take place on Saturday 25th September in London. If you're interested, there's some info about the event (including registration details) over on the Open Plaques blog (which currently looks a little too much like this one).

On a personal note, I'm thrilled to have accidentally started a sustainable (albeit small) open source, open data community - and I'm looking forward to seeing where it can go. Its future direction is no longer solely in my hands, but in the community's.