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Sun, Jan. 25th, 2009, 06:27 pm
Podcamp Halifax Talk Notes

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

Editing OpenStreetMap:
- 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 wrlach@gmail.com.

Tue, Jan. 27th, 2009 01:32 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous): Thanks!

Just letting you know that I plugged your presentation here: http://laurenoostveen.blogspot.com/2009/01/podcampin.html

Thanks again for taking the time to show us OpenStreetMap and other goodies. I'm really excited to see the launch of "hbus" as I believe it is the key to (bus commuter) sanity.