Practical OpenStreetMapping

Date:
 Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 March 2009

Speaker:
Nick Whitelegg, Southampton Solent University

Venue:
Portsmouth, Havant and Fareham areas

OpenStreetMap are running a mapping event on March 14/15 to collect as many street names as possible in the Portsmouth, Havant and Fareham areas.

Currently many of the streets are on OpenStreetMap, collected from Yahoo! aerial imagery, but as yet are unnamed. So come along and contribute to the leading open source world map!

This requires prior booking via Nick.Whitelegg@solent.ac.uk. Practical days of mapping if you wish to take part - BUT contact Nick for joining instructions, and possibly borrowing equipment etc 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.

Venue and joining details to be confirmed for the Saturday, depending on numbers. You do not need to attend for all of the time - just make arrangements with Nick Further information from Nick.Whitelegg@solent.ac.uk