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All eyes are on Tehran right now. As the center of the Iranian election protests the city has become increasingly important to websites this week. To keep their site up-to-date with this latest crisis area Flickr switched out the Yahoo road Map with Open Street Map. When I heard about this I wondered how other major mapping sites faired.
OSM on Buzz Out Loud podcast
Short mention of OSM about half way through. Check out the article and the podcast itself
OpenGeoData now automagically twitters its posts to @openstreetmap!
OSM Mentioned in the Economist
OSM gets a brief mention in this article about PNDs in my faveourite newspaper, The Economist.
Talk today, join on the phone
I’m on a open call on yi-tan today. Dial in details below:
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On Monday: Please join us for the Yi-Tan Weekly Call,
1:30pm Eastern, Monday June 8, 2009
Our topic: OpenStreetMap
Date: Monday, June 8, 2009
Time: 10:30 PST, 1:30 EST
Dial-in Number: 1-270-400-1500
Participant Access Code: 778778
Watch the talk of the century, Ubiquitous Geocontext from Where 2.0:
As Google translates this article by Luc Vaillancourt:
Who among all these people, representatives of companies, organizations, movements and products, is currently the “hot”?
This is Steve Coast (aka Stave C.).
He initiated the movement of mass collaboration in producing voluntary (professional or amateur) Geographic Information mainly road OpenStreetMap.
It is now serious business with startup CloudMade. CloudMade offer aims to provide an alternative to Google Maps API, but operating a software stack open source and data from OpenStreetMap.
He gave a good conference (see here) where I particularly liked his last 2 minutes (minute 14:40) when he starts sentences like:
– Think of what Openness means to you.
– Google Map Maker is open but there’re restrictions on the license.
– GeoPlanet is amazing but there is still dependency on Yahoo! Itself.
– TomTom think they have a community because you can fix a street. They do not. They have a set of data to customers giving them.
And the last slide of his presentation, a wink of a second Google Pardons and Ed:
– As open as my Clenched Fist – FakeEdParsons
… I suspect Steve C. to personify FakeEdParsons (http://twitter.com/FakeEdParsons). It denies the real Ed and swear not to know who it is. Ed is a false be virtual funniest of the community with a sentence like the following:
“Come and learn how lat49 GeoCommons and no longer have business models at the Google Booth” (in reference to the announcement of Google Maps API Data and Maps Ad Unit).
Want to get involved in OpenStreetMap but don’t have a GPS or even computer? Now there’s walking papers.
Walking papers lets you print out a OSM map and then write on it. Get home, scan it in and then that map can be drawn on top of using familiar OSM tools. To do this, it prints magic codes on the edge of the map that can be recognised when scanned back in to geolocate the image. If you don’t even have a printer or scanner, they’ll print and scan for you via the postal service. You can meet the author of walking maps, Mike Migurski, and try it out this weekend at the San Francisco Mapping Party.
Tiles@Home complexity heatmap
Check out this heatmap of Tiles@Home data. It shows the size, and thus an approximate complexity, of T@H tiles uploaded to the server. A blank tile of the middle of the sea is much smaller than tiles with complex map data on them. Click for the original image an read more here
OSM children’s toys – the next frontier
Check out the cuteness-o-meter in this picture from ikiya on twitter. Thanks to Sarah for the link.