Presentation on OpenStreetMap

Monday 12 October 2009

5.00pm for 5.30pm

Nick Whitelegg, Southampton Solent University

Fareham College, Bishopsfield Road, Fareham, Hampshire, PO14 1NH, in the Function Room, behind Reception in C (=Centre) Building Room C051 | Location Map

Joint with the BCS Hampshire Branch and Fareham College

The talk, lasting about an hour and a half, will cover the latest developments in OpenStreetMap (OSM). 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 users is mainly based in Europe where maps are generally owned by national governments.

Plans are in place to organise a weekend mapping session in the Fareham area shortly afterwards, to give people a taster of OpenStreetMap and what it's all about. Please contact Nick by email ( for details of dates and times; please let Nick know if you are interested in this event so that Nick can get an idea of numbers.

Nick Whitelegg is a long standing member of the OpenStreetMap community and has organised several mapping events in the Hampshire area.

This event is free, open to all, but please book through the BCS website, both for BCS members and non-members.