Wanted, Executive Director, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT OSM)

An interesting career opportunity has popped up in our GeoJobsBIZ Career portal as HOT is seeking an executive Director. Recall,  HOT applies the principles of open source and open data sharing to improve the welfare of the communities where we work, especially those at risk of natural disaster or other crisis.


The successful candidate will approach HOT with creativity and drive leading us to grow into the future. [Read more…]

OSM Plus 2014 Takes Place Following State of the Map DC

A reminder of this event comes my way via Peter Batty, through Steve coast – enter OSM Plus 2014. An event for OpenStreetMap enthusiasts and businesses looking to leverage OSM and OSM-based solutions for their business.

Details about the event, which takes place directly after the DC State of the Map (SOTM) event… This year we will focus on discussion points and panels, bringing together the spectrum of users of OSM data to jointly figure out how to manage quality, fix the holes and efficiently leverage OSM while remaining respectful of the licensing issues that surround the project.

OSM Plus

Read more about OSM Plus on Steve Coast’s blog

See details of SOTM 2014

State of the Map US @sotmus 2014, April 12-13, Washington DC

This comes via the official SOTM website regarding SOTM 2014… We’re happy to announce that the 2014 State of the Map US conference will take place in Washington DC at the Convention Center April 12 and 13. Plan to join us to connect with other mappers, learn how to work with OpenStreetMap data, and hack on the latest OpenStreetMap improvement. Connect with other OpenStreetMap users from an amazing ecosystem of enthusiast mappers, businesses, government agencies, and non profits, all collaborating around the free and editable map of the world.

See the web site and and register today at the early bird rate.

Check out last year’s schedule for an idea of what’s in store.

See more info HERE

So, What’s in a name? Places Getting Attention

Another interesting article recently hit TechCrunch, the topic of discussion an “Open” database of Placenames – in all honestly, I have to really wonder how “Open” something like this really could be should a Twitter, foursquare, or SimpleGeo be driving the bus! At the heart of the matter is the fact that many new location aware start-ups seem to be attempting to build their own DB of places – largely based on crowd-sourced information – again, another interesting point I find is that whenever the topic of places seems to creep up recently, all we hear mentioned are these start-ups, never do we hear about existing Geo players who may have vast experience and/or vast data holdings that could be applied to such a product (with the exception of Metacarta who was recently scooped up by Nokia).

An interesting phrase in the article I thought… “The counter-argument is that somebody—Twitter, Google, Facebook—needs to be in control of the database in order to ensure its quality.  If you let any random developer with a geo app update the database, it could end up being filled with inaccurate geo-data or worse, geo-spam.”

See more in the Article

Note: there’s no mention of OpenStreetMap (OSM) or their efforts in this article – interesting related to that, TechChrunch recently ran an article on OSM describing it essentially as being controlled by CloudMade, even going as far as referring to it as “CloudMade’s OpeneetMap. Speaking of OSM, the same effort is now developing OpenAddresses.org (Beta) a Global, Open address database.

Forget OSM, how About ClosedStreetMap

This breaking news today out of the Where2.0 event in San Jose as several leaders combine on an interesting mapping effort. From the “PR”…

After many months of negotiation the OpenStreetMap Foundation, Waze Inc. and Google Inc. have agreed a common licensing, technology and community platform for hosted crowd-sourced data. Agreeing not to split the community of potential mappers in three, this agreement sets the tone for the next decade in mapping

Google’s Map Specialist Ed Parsons said “Today the challenges of a building a global map go beyond Google’s focus on search. Combining efforts with Waze and OSM allows us to focus on a common enemy of TeleAtlas and NavTeq.”

Waze’s Di-ann Eisnor had this to say: “We realised fighting Google, OSM and TomTom is not a pragmatic solution to our geodata needs. Further, why try to own everything? There are only so many cherrys and cupcakes our users are willing to drive around to find.”

See more at http://www.closedstreetmap.org/ hmmmmmmm

OpenAddresses.org BETA for localized postal addresses

A new resource is now online and rolling out at openaddresses.org – simply put, the resource boasts “OpenAddresses is a web portal for the management of Open Source worldwide localized postal addresses.” So far the web service has a pretty slick UI using the OpenStreetMap base and some limited functionality with promises of more to come soon. http://openaddresses.org/ – To support the effort the resource also has a Google Group as well as a project Wiki hosted on Google Code

Browsing Flickr images in Open Street Map

I have to admit, I’m getting really interested in Open Street Map (OSM) these days, mainly because it seems like the industry is sitting up and taking notice also! Something that got my interest the other day was details of OSM within Flickr, this came via a vey lengthy, and pretty geeked-up article on the Flickr Code blog… I’m still reading it and trying to digest it but in all honesty, its making my head hurt a little! The write up delves into OSM and the how-to’s of tagging photos for use within Flickr. If OSM interest you then I suggest you check it out. Please also take note of a couple of the following references:

Adding the machine tags extra love

description of how OSM metadata is structured

If this all sounds pretty wild to you then jump over to flickr and check it out for yourself. Here’s a cool starting point. Brose this RSS feed on Flickr showing all the photos that have been tagged with the OSM structure  osm:way= or osm:node=

You’ll be presented with a lengthy list of photos that have been tagged to integrate with OSM. For example, see this photo and check out some of the metadata on the right side, in particular, click the part that reads: This is a feature in OpenStreetMap where you are taken to the actual OSM data entry

This is quite awesome!