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Opening Geographic Data
As Catalyst for the Creative Economy & Innovative Solutions

                                     ...
Geographic Data
What’s so special about it?
When did most people start to take note of Ajax?
When they first saw Google Maps and asked how it works?
Why?
because maps are useful!

and data used to make the map is even
             more useful
... but, someone forgot to put the download button
Why would we need a download button/data?

Don’t the people who really need it have it already?
I want to create themed cartography
I want to create my own a routing server
... I want to route in Tehran ...
and route my bike to get here today
What about for building other open government sites
as at 21 December no way
                           to get postal regions
                           boundaries for Austra...
What about for more pressing uses?

as if routing my bike isn’t pressing enough
Global Issues
What about for
                        Geo-Temporal Data Global Challenges
Predicting Bush fires?
What about for Climate
                         Geo-Temporal Data Global Challenges
  Change Research?
The Geographic Questions
Where? and Why there?
The Temporal Questions
When? and Why then?
Increasingly we want to answer
Geo-Temporal questions
Where & When?
Why there & then?
So way can’t we just have the geographic data?

  To create say a poverty map for analysis on
            directing my don...
Key Indicators

 • Socio-Economic Data


 • Distribution of Poverty


 • Basic Human Needs


 • Infant Mortality


 • Maln...
Geographic Factors

 • Coastal Proximity


 • Climatic Conditions


 • Elevations


 • Transportation Networks


 • Exposu...
Besides the reasons mentioned by others
 there is one reason unique to GeoData
Was Dominated by Specialist Industry and Academia (Suits)
The changing face of the GIS Industry
These people speak another language few web
people understand - W*S

• Simple Features Specification


• Web Mapping Servic...
GIS & Web 2.0



 Only just coming to terms with
 the web architecture


 Still have an XML-RPC bias


 Still searching fo...
Now Barbarians at the Door
prangz.com (Real-time NSW Traffic Incidents)
prangz.com (Real-time NSW Traffic Incidents)
When Governments Open Up their Data
let’s take GeoRSS




+                   =
Atom & GeoRSS
Interoperable out of the box



Standard Identification System (URI)
Interoperable out of the box



Standard interaction protocol
Interoperable out of the box



Standard data exchange formats
Load balance? Easy



REST resources are cacheable
Scalable out of the box



REST resources are stateless so easy to scale
Microformats & Semanitcs | http://microformats.org
Role of Web 2.0 tools

• Crowd sourcing for data


• Local engagement


• Self-help & Collaboration
OpenStreetMap proves public contribution works
Learn More



 OpenStreetMap http://openstreetmap.org/


 Canberra Mapping Party: http://
 wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Can...
Thank you



Shoaib Burq

t: @sabman
shoaib@nomad-labs.com
http://sideshare.net/sabman
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  1. 1. Opening Geographic Data As Catalyst for the Creative Economy & Innovative Solutions Shoaib Burq shoaib@nomad-labs.com t: @sabman
  2. 2. Geographic Data What’s so special about it?
  3. 3. When did most people start to take note of Ajax?
  4. 4. When they first saw Google Maps and asked how it works?
  5. 5. Why?
  6. 6. because maps are useful! and data used to make the map is even more useful
  7. 7. ... but, someone forgot to put the download button
  8. 8. Why would we need a download button/data? Don’t the people who really need it have it already?
  9. 9. I want to create themed cartography
  10. 10. I want to create my own a routing server
  11. 11. ... I want to route in Tehran ...
  12. 12. and route my bike to get here today
  13. 13. What about for building other open government sites
  14. 14. as at 21 December no way to get postal regions boundaries for Australia without paying for non- commercial user What about for building other open government sites
  15. 15. What about for more pressing uses? as if routing my bike isn’t pressing enough
  16. 16. Global Issues
  17. 17. What about for Geo-Temporal Data Global Challenges Predicting Bush fires?
  18. 18. What about for Climate Geo-Temporal Data Global Challenges Change Research?
  19. 19. The Geographic Questions
  20. 20. Where? and Why there?
  21. 21. The Temporal Questions
  22. 22. When? and Why then?
  23. 23. Increasingly we want to answer Geo-Temporal questions
  24. 24. Where & When? Why there & then?
  25. 25. So way can’t we just have the geographic data? To create say a poverty map for analysis on directing my donations
  26. 26. Key Indicators • Socio-Economic Data • Distribution of Poverty • Basic Human Needs • Infant Mortality • Malnutrition Measures
  27. 27. Geographic Factors • Coastal Proximity • Climatic Conditions • Elevations • Transportation Networks • Exposure to Natural Disasters • Climate Change Vulnerability
  28. 28. Besides the reasons mentioned by others there is one reason unique to GeoData
  29. 29. Was Dominated by Specialist Industry and Academia (Suits)
  30. 30. The changing face of the GIS Industry
  31. 31. These people speak another language few web people understand - W*S • Simple Features Specification • Web Mapping Service (WMS) • Web Feature Service (transactional) (WFS-t) • Web Coverage Service (WCS) • Web Processing Service (WPS) • Sensor Observation Service (SOS) • OGC Catalogue Service (OCS) • Style Layer Descriptor (SLD)
  32. 32. GIS & Web 2.0 Only just coming to terms with the web architecture Still have an XML-RPC bias Still searching for a cleaver search solution
  33. 33. Now Barbarians at the Door
  34. 34. prangz.com (Real-time NSW Traffic Incidents)
  35. 35. prangz.com (Real-time NSW Traffic Incidents)
  36. 36. When Governments Open Up their Data
  37. 37. let’s take GeoRSS + =
  38. 38. Atom & GeoRSS
  39. 39. Interoperable out of the box Standard Identification System (URI)
  40. 40. Interoperable out of the box Standard interaction protocol
  41. 41. Interoperable out of the box Standard data exchange formats
  42. 42. Load balance? Easy REST resources are cacheable
  43. 43. Scalable out of the box REST resources are stateless so easy to scale
  44. 44. Microformats & Semanitcs | http://microformats.org
  45. 45. Role of Web 2.0 tools • Crowd sourcing for data • Local engagement • Self-help & Collaboration
  46. 46. OpenStreetMap proves public contribution works
  47. 47. Learn More OpenStreetMap http://openstreetmap.org/ Canberra Mapping Party: http:// wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Canberra Open Source Geospatial Conference: October 2009 Sydney http:// 2009.foss4g.org/
  48. 48. Thank you Shoaib Burq t: @sabman shoaib@nomad-labs.com http://sideshare.net/sabman
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