OpenBenches on BBC Radio!

A few weeks ago, we were interviewed by BBC Radio Orkey! They did a lovely feature on OpenBenches and some of the benches on their gorgeous island.

You can listen to the interview on Soundcloud – starting at 11 minutes in.

6 weeks – nearly 2,000 benches!

Well, that went a little better than expected 🙂

We started off with a bare-bones alpha, scrappy logo, and some imported Open Data. We’ve now got nearly 2,000 benches added from all over the world.

You can check out the code on GitHub, but here’s a quick summary of the changes.

  • New logo and theme.
  • Better Unicode support – a surprising number of benches have emoji.
  • Location finding – see benches near you.
  • Vastly improved upload experience – preview images before they’re sent & check for metadata.
  • More Schema.org metadata