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Very short 10 minute presentation showing the similarites between OpenStreetMap and wikipedia. I gave the talk at London Wiki Wednesdays: ...

Very short 10 minute presentation showing the similarites between OpenStreetMap and wikipedia. I gave the talk at London Wiki Wednesdays:

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  • Harry Wood OpenStreetMap : The Wikipedia of Maps
    • Editors. Read/write to XML API
  • Nodes Ways Tags amenity=pub name=Hare & Hounds highway=residential name=Court Street
  • Versioned elements Fine granularity
    • Changes grouped. bbox history tab
  • Gathering Map Data
    • Minor additions/corrections. Local knowledge
    • Create maps from scratch without copying
    • On the ground surveys
  • Names of streets Types of streets (trunk, residential, motorway) One-way restrictions Footpaths, tracks, pedestrian, rivers, railways Parks, woodland, industrial areas, cemeteries POI (pubs, cash machines, post offices, post boxes, bus stops, toilets, supermarkets, restaurants, kebab shops, monuments, hotels, picnic sites, barriers, light houses, piers, sports centres, petrol stations, playgrounds, cinemas, car parks, universities, bicycle parking, tourist information, etc etc etc lot of detail.... lot of effort...
  • Community Lot of people 170,000 registered users
  • Community Increasing editing activity
  • Open Licensed Data
    • Existing maps rarely “free”
    • Google/Yahoo/Bing maps mashups are great...
    • Underlying access to data
    • Right use and re-distribute (inc. commercial use)
    • Large online community. Many hands
    • Openly editable (and easy)
    • Poor quality contributions?
    • Gradual refinement
    • Assume good faith
    • Monitoring and history features
    ....Remarkably it works! Sounds familiar? Also Open Licensed and not-for-profit
  • Melbourne
  • Moscow
  • Santiago
  • Cape Town
  • Chennai
  • Milan
  • Paris
  • Karlsruhe
  • Berlin (zoo)
  • Edinburgh
  • Cambridge
  • Relief maps
  • Hiking Map
  • Whitewater Map
  • Bus map
  • Style Editor
  • Get Involved!
  • Harry Wood worked as an enterprise integration consultant for 8 years, but led a secret double-life as addicted contributer to wikipedia and other collaborative open content projects. He got involved in OpenStreetMap three years ago, as a mapper, wiki gardener, and developer. Since January this year (2009) he has worked for CloudMade, as a full time OpenStreetMap developer CloudMade is a company providing products and services around OpenStreetMap. More information at These slides are (of course) freely re-usable under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 License Map images taken from OpenStreetMap, CloudMade, OpenCycleMap, OpenPisteMap,OpenWhitewaterMap, HikingMap, More details of these projects and many more at Photo of photo mapping by Gordon Joly