OpenStreetMap and INSPIRE:     Can the twain meet ?   Just van den Broecke   FOSS4G   www.justobjects.nl     Denver (CO), ...
“Oh, East is East, and West is West,  and never the twain shall meet”   Rudyard Kipling, The Ballad of East and West, 1889
“Never the twain shall meet”Two things which are so different as to have noopportunity to unite.Twain derives from the Old...
Collaborative project to createa free editable map of the world   “The Wikipedia of Maps”                      www.openstr...
EU legislation to create a pan-           European Union SDI● sharing spatial information among EU public sector organisat...
try to  create,    maintain     and provide       maps and data
SDI
Common Objectives● Vendor (Google/Yahoo/MS/..) neutral● Free from proprietary mapping monopolies● Adopt common set of stan...
Maps & data for any purpose● Maps: base, topo, thematic● Routing● Name search● Disaster management● ...
Diffs – Processformal         informaltop-down       bottom-uplegislation    spontaneoushierarchy      networkwaterfall   ...
Diffs – Standardsstandards 1st     implementation 1stcommittee         communityheavyweight (GML) lightweight (tags)frozen...
Diffs – LicenseServices/data       Services/data multiple-options    open/reusable  free-->closed       ODBL  unclearTools...
Diffs – End-userspublic admins                anyoneanyone ?
PoCNMCA-to-OSM-to-INSPIRE “OpenStreetMap as Esperanto”
http://inspire-foss.org   ●FOSS for INSPIRE   ●Google Code Project   ●Mailing List
deegree INSPIRE Node
inspire-foss.org – ETL              GDAL/OGR                XSLTNMCA                       INSPIREspecific                ...
Multiple ETLs     .     .
inspire-foss.org – osm2inspire           GDAL/OGR             XSLT OSM                    INSPIRE Planet                  ...
OSM Esperanto     OSM                  OSM2    Import               INSPIRE                  OSM              INSPIRE     ...
Quoting Kipling Oh, East is East and West is West, and never thetwain shall meet,Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God...
OpenStreetMap and INSPIRE: Can the twain meet?
OpenStreetMap and INSPIRE: Can the twain meet?
OpenStreetMap and INSPIRE: Can the twain meet?
OpenStreetMap and INSPIRE: Can the twain meet?
OpenStreetMap and INSPIRE: Can the twain meet?
OpenStreetMap and INSPIRE: Can the twain meet?
OpenStreetMap and INSPIRE: Can the twain meet?
OpenStreetMap and INSPIRE: Can the twain meet?
OpenStreetMap and INSPIRE: Can the twain meet?
OpenStreetMap and INSPIRE: Can the twain meet?
OpenStreetMap and INSPIRE: Can the twain meet?
OpenStreetMap and INSPIRE: Can the twain meet?
OpenStreetMap and INSPIRE: Can the twain meet?
OpenStreetMap and INSPIRE: Can the twain meet?
OpenStreetMap and INSPIRE: Can the twain meet?
OpenStreetMap and INSPIRE: Can the twain meet?
OpenStreetMap and INSPIRE: Can the twain meet?
OpenStreetMap and INSPIRE: Can the twain meet?
OpenStreetMap and INSPIRE: Can the twain meet?
OpenStreetMap and INSPIRE: Can the twain meet?
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Talk given at FOSS4G Denver, Wed, 09/14/2011.

See http://2011.foss4g.org/sessions/openstreetmap-and-inspire-can-twain-meet

The INSPIRE directive (http://inspire.jrc.ec.europa.eu) aims to create a pan-European Union (EU), spatial data infrastructure to enable the sharing of spatial information across Europe. The directive requires that common specifications, based on OGC and ISO standards, are adopted by EU Member States.

OpenStreetMap (OSM) is a free editable map of the whole world which is made by people like you.
OpenStreetMap allows you to view, edit and use geographical data in a collaborative way from anywhere on Earth.
(source: openstreetmap.org)

At a higher level INSPIRE and OSM have some similar goals like
creating and adopting a common set of geospatial standards and building an international SDI where
maps and data are readily available for purposes like routing and disaster management.
Both are aiming to remain vendor-neutral and free from proprietary mapping monopolies.

But in many aspects INSPIRE and OSM are complete opposites:

INSPIRE has a top-down, formal, legislative, "GIS-" approach, defined mainly by National Mapping and Cadastral Agencies (NMCAs). The "de jure" standards are verbose (GML), containing many "optionals".
NMCAs have ample geodata. End-users are in the first place governments.

OSM on the other hand has a bottom-up, informal, "Neogeographic" approach is defined by its users.
Standards for geodata and network APIs are developed but in a more agile and organic fashion. Geodata is the main project artefact that is created by users but also through imports of available open datasets. Enduser is you.

With mainly differences between OSM and INSPIRE we could just stop here, but that is not the purpose of this talk.
My aim is to show where these projects can learn from each other and how they could collaborate
and possibly integrate at the technical level. Several scenarios will be elaborated. Why ? Well, basically for the good and future of mankind !

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    1. 1. OpenStreetMap and INSPIRE: Can the twain meet ? Just van den Broecke FOSS4G www.justobjects.nl Denver (CO), USA just@justobjects.nl Sept 14, 2011
    2. 2. “Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet” Rudyard Kipling, The Ballad of East and West, 1889
    3. 3. “Never the twain shall meet”Two things which are so different as to have noopportunity to unite.Twain derives from the Old English twegen, meaning two. The phrase “never thetwain shall meet” was used by Rudyard Kipling, in The Ballad of East and West(1889): "Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet."There, Kipling is supposedly lamenting the misunderstandings between the Britishand the inhabitants of the Indian subcontinent. http://feastoflanguages.com/?p=586
    4. 4. Collaborative project to createa free editable map of the world “The Wikipedia of Maps” www.openstreetmap.org
    5. 5. EU legislation to create a pan- European Union SDI● sharing spatial information among EU public sector organisations● public access to spatial information across Europe “The Euro for Geodata and Maps” http://inspire.jrc.ec.europa.eu
    6. 6. try to create, maintain and provide maps and data
    7. 7. SDI
    8. 8. Common Objectives● Vendor (Google/Yahoo/MS/..) neutral● Free from proprietary mapping monopolies● Adopt common set of standards/APIs● Seamless, cross-border maps & data● Not just maps, also raw data
    9. 9. Maps & data for any purpose● Maps: base, topo, thematic● Routing● Name search● Disaster management● ...
    10. 10. Diffs – Processformal informaltop-down bottom-uplegislation spontaneoushierarchy networkwaterfall agilepaid volunteered
    11. 11. Diffs – Standardsstandards 1st implementation 1stcommittee communityheavyweight (GML) lightweight (tags)frozen living
    12. 12. Diffs – LicenseServices/data Services/data multiple-options open/reusable free-->closed ODBL unclearTools Tools up to NMCAs mainly FOSS FOSS/proprietary some proprietary
    13. 13. Diffs – End-userspublic admins anyoneanyone ?
    14. 14. PoCNMCA-to-OSM-to-INSPIRE “OpenStreetMap as Esperanto”
    15. 15. http://inspire-foss.org ●FOSS for INSPIRE ●Google Code Project ●Mailing List
    16. 16. deegree INSPIRE Node
    17. 17. inspire-foss.org – ETL GDAL/OGR XSLTNMCA INSPIREspecific GML data
    18. 18. Multiple ETLs . .
    19. 19. inspire-foss.org – osm2inspire GDAL/OGR XSLT OSM INSPIRE Planet GML Data
    20. 20. OSM Esperanto OSM OSM2 Import INSPIRE OSM INSPIRE Data GML..
    21. 21. Quoting Kipling Oh, East is East and West is West, and never thetwain shall meet,Till Earth and Sky stand presently at Gods greatJudgment Seat;But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed,nor Birth,When two strong men stand face to face, though theycome from the ends of the earth! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ballad_of_East_and_West

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