OpenStreetMap

Date:
Thursday 26 April 2007

Time:
7.00pm to 9.00pm. Coffee prior to meeting in HC 032, from 6.30pm.

Speaker:
Steve Coast, founder of OpenStreetMap and Nick Whitelegg, Southampton Solent University

Venue:
Southampton Solent University, HC024. Ground floor of the Herbert Collins Building. Location map 1

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.

These talks will cover the background behind the OpenStreetMap project, how maps are created, recent progress and applications of the data.

This event is open to all (both BCS and non BCS members), CPD assessed, free of charge and requires no prior booking.