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OpenStreetMap 101

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OpenStreetMap 101

  1. 1. Contents •  A Brief History •  Around the World •  Contributing •  Mapping Parties •  Companies •  State of the Map •  Special Versions
  2. 2. A Brief History •  OSM is a “Wikipedia” of map data –  Also a website displaying particular renders of the data – http://osm.org/ •  Started by Steve Coast in July 2004 –  While doing an MSc here at UCL •  Anyone can edit –  Data under a Creative Commons licence •  OpenStreetMap Foundation
  3. 3. A Brief History
  4. 4. OSM Around the World •  UK – Fairly rapid growth –  Lack of free data (pre-April 2010) •  US – Growth has been more recent –  Import of TIGER dataset •  Holland –  1st “complete” country (AND data donation) •  Germany –  Very detailed – most active community
  5. 5. Forbidden City, China
  6. 6. Contributing •  The best data is your own data –  GPS tracklogs –  Yahoo aerial imagery –  Historic (out-of-copyright) mapping –  Ordnance Survey Open Data •  Editing –  Potlatch •  Minutely updates
  7. 7. Scottish Popular Edition
  8. 8. Mapping Parties •  Get the community working together
  9. 9. Milton Keynes Animation Link
  10. 10. Atlanta Mapping Party •  Over 3 Days in October 2009 •  Coverage on FOX News
  11. 11. Atlanta vs Buffalo
  12. 12. Project Haiti •  12 January 2010 –  Copyright-free high-res aerial imagery made available very quickly afterwards by providers –  Overseas volunteers traced what they could see and packaged the data –  Used by disaster relief teams on the ground
  13. 13. Companies •  Cloudmade (U.S.) –  Developer APIs and custom renders •  Geofabrik (Germany) –  Regularly updated per-country shapefiles •  ITO World (UK) –  Provides some useful tools to detect and fix missing data in the UK
  14. 14. State of the Map •  The OpenStreetMap Conference –  Three so far, all in Europe –  StateOfTheMap U.S. takes place in Atlanta this weekend •  http://www.sotm.us/
  15. 15. Special Versions •  Get the data –  XML to PostgreSQL, or as shapefiles •  Build a map –  Mapnik, or in a GIS •  Show it to the world –  OpenLayers, or a printed map
  16. 16. OpenCycleMap •  http://www.opencyclemap.org/ –  Signposted cycle routes –  Cycle shops –  Cycle parking –  Contours –  Toilets –  Pubs
  17. 17. OpenOrienteeringMap
  18. 18. Some More Uses of OSM Data
  19. 19. Best of OSM •  http://bestofosm.org/
  20. 20. Contact •  http://www.oliverobrien.co.uk/ –  My research blog •  @oobr on Twitter •  o.obrien@ucl.ac.uk

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