Today I gave a talk at Podcamp Halifax about OpenStreetMap, trying to stir up a bit of interest in "wikipedia for maps", particularly on the grassroots level here in the HRM. At the end, I promised I'd give the links to the various resources I cited in my presentation. If there's enough interest, I might try to write up a summary of what I was talking about here later to put these resources in context for those not lucky enough to hear me speak. Anyway, without further ado:
Applications of open geographical data:
- Walkscore: http://walkscore.com
- Travel time maps: http://www.mysociety.org/2007/more-travel-maps/
- hbus.ca: Coming soon! e-mail me if you want to alpha test and a get a sneak peek of my transit planner for the HRM.
Why open geodata is important:
- Google maps terms of service: http://code.google.com/apis/maps/terms.html
- HRM's regressive geodata dissemination policy: http://www.halifax.ca/giss/DataDisseminationPolicy.html
- Best place to start is with the potlatch documentation: http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Potlatch/Primer
Questions? Comments? I'd love to hear from you. Feel more than free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.