Presentation on OpenStreetMapping

Date:
Friday 12 October (and Saturday 13 October)

Time:
7.00pm to 8.30pm

Speaker:
Nick Whitelegg, Southampton Solent University

Venue:
Southampton Solent University, HC025, ground floor of the Herbert Collins Building. Location map 1

Coffee prior to meeting in HC 016, from 6.30pm This event is open to all (both BCS and non BCS members), free of charge, no booking for the Friday evening, BUT the Saturday requires prior booking via Nick.Whitelegg@solent.ac.uk.

Practical day of mapping around Winchester on the Saturday 13 October, if you wish to take part - BUT contact Nick for joining instructions in Winchester, 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.

There will be a presentation on Friday evening of 12th October, and a day of practical hands-on mapping - equipment can be borrowed - on Saturday 13th October in the Winchester area, with a wrap up planned for the Sunday morning.

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.

Further details about the event can be found at http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/index.php/Winchester_Mapping_Party