Tag: OpenStreetMap

International Open Data Case Study: Nepal earthquake

[Printable PDF version] Open Data’s role in Nepal’s earthquake Who: OpenStreetMap & Kathmandu Living Labs What: A crowd-sourced open data & open data source response to the Nepal earthquake Where: https://opensource.com/life/16/6/open-source-open-data-nepal-earthquake Why: Rapidly increasing the impact and speed of disaster

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UK Open Data and Buildings in OpenStreetMap

I’ve finally (after 8 months) got around to looking at the OpenMap Local buildings. This new dataset was launched at the first OpenDataCamp, and I’ve had the SU 100 kilometre square data on the PC si…

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Software to Build Minecraft Towns From Open Data

A brilliant individual has developed software that lets you make Minecraft towns from open data. “‘To create the model I had to painstakingly measure everything from maps and aerial photography and do my best to guess the height of the

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Roll your own OSM with Macrocosm

Last week we launched Macrocosm, a NodeJS version of the OpenStreetMap API. This is the first part of an open toolkit we are developing to make it easier to set up your own version of OpenStreetMap. Governments and NGOs manage

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Give me location data, and I shall move the world

A gemobile revolution is coming. Image sourced from Shutterstock.com Behind the success of the new wave of location based mobile apps taking hold around the world is digital mapping. Location data is core to popular ride-sharing services such as Uber

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Councils explore options for online mapping tools

All parts of the public sector in Great Britain have free access to a wide range of services from the government-owned mapping agency Ordnance Survey (OS), through the Public Sector Mapping Agreement in England and Wales or the One Scotland

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Open data businesses – an oxymoron or a new model?

Building a business based on open data may seem counterintuitive, but new models are emerging with greater frequency and demonstrating how to integrate open data into a business operation in a useful and profitable manner. Identifying the type of open

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Mapping the marginalised: leaving no one behind in Kibera

This post, written by Elizabeth Stuart, Research Fellow, ODI, and Erica Hagen, co-founder of Map Kibera, is the eighth in our blog series which aims to explore how the Sustainable Development Goals can be drafted to include all social and economic groups.  Kibera,

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Notes from State of the Map 2015

Last month the United Nations headquarters in New York City hosted the 2015 OpenStreetMap US conference, State of the Map (SOTM). An illustrious setting for a passionate band of people who are collaboratively creating a global repository of geographic data

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Aid industry must be open by default to improve, says life-saving mapping team

With the 2015 Open Data Awards just around the corner, we catch up with Harry Wood, volunteer for Humanitarian OpenStreetMap, a finalist for the Open Data Social Impact Award. The Open Data Awards celebrate innovation and excellence in open data

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