OpenStreetMap and Mapping Party

Open Street Map

Title: OpenStreetMap and Mapping Party
Location: MadLab
Description: This (mini) OpenStreetMap mapping weekend is part of the Software Freedom Day and the Hackademia Week at Manchester. Indoor activities will take place at MadLab.
Start Time: 12:00
Date: 2011-09-17
End Time: 15:00

An Introduction to OpenStreetMap and Mapping Party
Coordinated by Yuwei Lin
Lecturer in Future Media, School of Media, Music and Performance,
University of Salford

Main Idea

Maps are essential in everyday lives; social and political meanings are inscribed in maps in addition to geographical information. However, most maps we think of as free actually have legal or technical restrictions on their use, holding back people from using them in creative, productive, or unexpected ways.

OpenStreetMap is an free/open source software as well as an open data project that allows users to view, modify, share and re-distribute geo-tools as well as geographical data. This workshop will introduce the OpenStreetMap project, its achievements so far since its inception in 2004, the opportunities it brings and its implications in various aspects in society. The talk will be followed by a mapping party where participants can learn mapping techniques, create and contribute geographical information to the OpenStreetMap project.

Format

A 30-minute introductory talk on OpenStreetMap and mapping techniques at Madlab as part of the activities on 17th September 1.00-3.00pm, followed by a 3-hour mapping party in Hulme from Arcspace Manchester on 18th September 1.00-4.00pm

More information can be found on the Mapping Weekend Wiki

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