Today it’s our pleasure to introduce you to pubmap! This is the brain child of n0tice member Vino who is charging the way in a project that involves, you guessed it, pubs and maps! This sounds like a great to way to combine some of life’s pleasures; pubs, discovery, sharing and of course it appeals to our tech side; mapping!
We asked Vino to tell us more about his idea
Since I live in West London, and it’s hard to find a fun, non-gentrified pub round here, the idea of mapping pubs is to promote uniqueness in pubs and hopefully slow their transformation into the expensive, identikit, boring things that they’ve become round here. Another motivation for me is that I’m pretty new to the area so still finding my feet and can see the use of a resource to find genuinely fun and friendly places.
How do you see pubmap developing?
Pubmaps are basically an antidote to things like more traditional pub review website, which to me are focusing on the wrong thing. They seem more interested in telling you which pubs serve the best pumpkin risottos than telling you where the most fun places with the most fun people are. I want a kind of guide to pubs that I remember from growing up in Wolverhampton and Birmingham and my student days in east London. These kind of pubs had character, were slightly dingy, not too expensive, crowded on a weekend night, and where you enjoy a drink, meet new people, both old and young.
What appeals to you in using the n0tice platform for pubmap?
n0tice seems ideal for mapping pubs because it’s a social network that grounds itself in the community and the people who use it. A well built noticeboard can strengthen communities around good pubs, halt their decline, draw more people into them and get people off their sofas and out into the world. Maybe I’m getting a little bit too optimistic with that last point, but good pubs all seem to close and I’d like to help stop that. n0tice seems to offer potential to actually do something rather than talking about it.
We understand you are looking for someone to work on pubmap with you and help get it off the ground?
I’d love to work with someone else; anyone with an interest in people and keen to explore as much of London as they can!
I’m also organising a meet up at the Durell Arms from 8pm on 27th September. It’s an open invitation for anyone who would like to meet up, have a chat about pubmap and of course have a few drinks too!
Thank you Vino!
If creating a map of the great pubs in your area, sharing it’s stories and let’s face it, having a lot of fun doing it, sounds up your street, then get in touch with Vino and also watch this space for news and developments!
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The Guardian news team is using n0tice.com for its latest crowdsourced investigation – identifying those spaces which are open to the public but are actually private property.
Reporter Jeevan Vasagar explains:”We’re asking readers to add to our map of privatised public spaces in Britain.
“For the purposes of this project, we are not looking at enclosed shopping malls – only open spaces, from streets and city squares to village greens, beaches and riverbanks, where there’s a reasonable expectation that the space might be public.”
The interactive map updates with information entered by users on the noticeboard www.privatepublicspace.n0tice.com.
This is the latest example of feeding a noticeboard into a map – for other examples check out the portfolio at n0tice.org.