Presentation on OpenStreetMapping

Date:
Thursday 12 March 2009

Time:
Meet at 5.00pm, presentation 6.00pm for 6.30pm

Speaker:
Nick Whitelegg, Southampton Solent University

Venue:
Southampton Solent University, ground floor of the Herbert Collins Building, room HC 029

Joint with the BCS Hampshire Branch and Southampton Solent University.

This event is free, open to all, The talk, starting at 6.30, lasting about an hour, will cover the latest developments in OpenStreetMapping (OSM). This follows the optional hour long sample surveying session in the University area.

Because this area is already well mapped, no new street data will be collected, but we may be able to fill in some points of interest and people will get a taster of what open source mapping is all about. OpenStreetMap is a wiki map of everywhere and editable by anyone, with the aim of producing freely-available mapping data without copyright restrictions.

The project was started to enable people to use maps in creative, productive or unexpected ways. Traditional maps are hampered by legal and technical restrictions that restrict their use; the aim of the OSM project is to create free geographic data, such as street maps, that can be used by anyone, anywhere.

Users submit GPS satellite navigation trace data and use Landsat and Yahoo! satellite imagery to create maps collaboratively. OpenStreetMap has been running for over two years and its diverse community of 5500 users is mainly based in Europe where maps are generally owned by national governments. Prior booking, is required, via Nick.Whitelegg@solent.ac.uk