ODI Cardiff node’s the score!
We’re all one step closer to listening to a Welsh speaking Sat Nav thanks to the Open Data Institute Cardiff, who are currently working on a ground-breaking initiative to populate the map of Cymru/Wales with its original, Welsh language names (with the possible exception of Swansea = Sven’s Sea, which was in fact originally a different geographic location from Abertawe = the mouth of the river Tawe).
This new map of Cymru can now be seen online at openstreetmap.cymru thanks to the ingenuity of the #MapioCymru project’s web designer Carl Morris. This was shown publicly for the first time at Hacio’r iaith, where there was a groundswell of support from the tech & public sector experts who attended, which bodes very well in terms of a ‘Gwaddol’ / legacy for this #Cymraeg2050 project sponsored by the Welsh Government.
The next steps for this homegrown, ODI-Cardiff based project is for the people of Cymru to put their ‘square mile’ on the map. You don’t have to be square to register with openstreetmap.org…
…but it does help if you’ve got a Google or Facebook account as then it’s all done in one touch. And then you’ll be onto the newest New Frontier: technology! You don’t have to be a Welsh speaker either, just as long as you can read your faithful friends, those bilingual roadsigns!
The project has been supported by a £19,900 grant from the Welsh Government’s Cymraeg 2050 fund which promotes Welsh in the community and Welsh language technology. Minister for the Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning, Eluned Morgan said;
“We want the use of Welsh to be a routine part of everyday life so that speakers at all levels feel confident in using it in formal and informal situations. Displaying Welsh place names will allow Welsh speakers to use mapping technology in their own language and to embed a map with Welsh place names and events like concerts, fundraisers, etc. on their own website.”
#MapioCymru is one of many Cymraeg 2050 projects that will make it easier for people to use the language, whether face to face in the community and in the workplace or through digital platforms.”