Recent diary entries
We had good turnout for the OpenStreetMap and MapBox workshops in preparation for Desarrollando America Latina.
The videos of the webcasts are up now, all in Spanish:
We're on the bus now heading back from New York City to Washington DC after an eventful week (read about the $575k Knight awarded Development Seed for OpenStreetMap work on the MapBox blog).
Here are some pictures of the OpenStreetMap intro workshop Ian and I held yesterday at foursquare's headquarter's. Thanks to the NYC OSM community leads Liz, Serge and Eric for the initiative and promotion.
Thanks to David Blackman of foursquare for kindly offering foursquare's great digs in Manhattan for this workshop. Join the OSM NYC Meetup Group if you'd like to stay in the loop on all things mapping NYC.
A great crowd of about 30 people turned out for the workshop.
Kicking off with examples of the many ways of how OpenStreetMap data can be used.
We quickly went hands-on and started editing and improving data on OpenStreetMap using JOSM.
Ian showing how to build quick OpenStreetMap based maps using Migurski's shapefile extracts and TileMill
Liz Barry explains how DIY aerial imagery can be used in OpenStreetMap
And yeah, the view from foursquare's office is killer
We'll arrive on Wednesday afternoon and head out on Monday afternoon. Hotel TBD. On Saturday, I'll give a talk about how we're improving OpenStreetMap with Foursquare.
I'm looking forward to meeting / seeing many great people. Drop me a line if you'd like to get in touch ahead of time.
Come out to the OSM introductory workshop in New York City on September 22nd 2012.
We'll start form square one, with an intro to OSM and its data, learning JOSM, using OSM resources and more. This clearly targets new comers to OSM mapping, but if you're a seasoned mapper, you should come out too. The NYC community is just reviving and there are lots of priorities to discuss and new people to meet. Of course, we should have drinks after (where TBD).
Thanks to Liz Barry for organizing the event.
I am looking forward to see you there!
For documentation's sake: a couple of pictures from OSM workshops in Rio de Janeiro's Cidade de Deus and Complexo do Alemão with Ônibus Hacker, around the Rio+20 Conference for Sustainable Development in June.
Cidade de Deus - street signs
Cidade de Deus - jotting down location and name of points of interest
Cidade de Deus - splitting up our survey areas with Walking Papers
Cidade de Deus - bike path
Cidade de Deus - not quite a point of interest
Cidade de Deus - the hacker bus
Cidade de Deus - the survey team
Complexo do Alemão - dense footpaths
Complexo do Alemão - cable car
Complexo do Alemão - shot from the cable car
Complexo do Alemão - the survey team
The American Red Cross and Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team called on Volunteers to Map the Ugandan Cities Gulu and Lira on World Humanitarian Day
Mapping at the American Red Cross Headquarters yesterday. On the screen a video message from the team in Uganda.
GeoEye has provided improved satellite imagery that State Department helped process and host for the event. About two dozen volunteers helped trace roads, tracks, buildings and huts from imagery. As a next step the American Red Cross will send a team of trainers to Uganda to initiate necessary ground surveys verifying tracing work and to teach Quantum GIS skills for using OSM data.
You can still join the effort by picking up tasks from one of the two HOT OSM Tasking manager jobs:
For any questions around this effort, get in touch with Robert Banick from the American Red Cross.
- HOT OSM: Preventative Mapping in Uganda with the Red Cross
- Mikel has captured some of the buzz around yesterday's event on storify.
(English further down)
Gracias a todos por atender al taller de OpenStreetMap Mexico DF el viernes y el sabado pasado. Huracán Ernesto hizo que nos quedamos adentro, pero de hecho eso fue excelente, como así pudimos enfocarnos de manera muy profunda en las herramientas de OpenStreetMap.
Ahora, mantengamos el impulso! Como resultado del evento Vitor George abrió una lista de correo para México: talk-mx, suscríbete aquí para mantenerte en contacto! Planificamos unos talleres parecidos alrededor de Desarrollando Latinoamerica que tendrá lugar en varios ciudades Latinoamericanos el 1 y 2 de Diciembre. Mandame un mensaje si estás interesado en ayudar a organizar, impartir, programar o diseñar.
Aquí algunas fotos, una lista de enlaces y temas de los cuales hablamos y algunos usuarios que atendieron. También veanse estas fotos de fotografía aerea del domingo en el Chapultepec.
Hasta muy pronto!
Thanks everyone for coming out to the Mexico City OpenStreetMap workshops on Friday and Saturday. The fact that Hurricane Ernesto kept us inside I think was a good thing as it allowed us to do a great deep dive into doing OpenStreetMap work.
Let's keep the momentum going now, as a result of the event, Vitor George has initiated the talk-mx list, I encourage you to sign up! We're planning on similar OpenStreetMap workshops around Desarrollando Latinoamerica on December 1st and 2nd, please get in touch if you are interested in organizing, teaching, promoting, designing or programming for this event.
Here are a couple of pictures from the workshop, a list of useful links we've talked about and a links of some of the OpenStreetMap users who were present. Also check out these balloon mapping pictures from Sunday.
Vitor explaining Relations
Saturday's training Photo: Karla Lopez
We did breakout sessions for introductory classes. Photo Karla Lopez
Temas y enlaces
Unos cuantos temas y enlaces de Viernes y Sábado. / These are a couple of links around topics we've talked about on Friday and Saturday.
- JOSM Editor: http://josm.openstreetmap.de/
- Aprender OSM: http://www.learnosm.org/
- Edificios en 3d: http://flyjs.com/buildings/
- Quality Assurance: http://keepright.ipax.at/
- Visualizar activitades: http://itoworld.com
- Ver daños por cambio de licensia / redaction http://tools.geofabrik.de/osmi/?view=redactionbot
- Coordinar trabajo alrededor de remapping http://rebuild.poole.ch/
- Herramientas para revisar errores: http://tools.geofabrik.de/osmi/ y http://openstreetbugs.schokokeks.org/
- Cómo saber qué usuarios de OSM están trabajando alguna zona: http://www.itoworld.com
- Para imprimir mapas: - http://fieldpapers.org y http://walking-papers.org Humanitarian Open Street Map Group: - http://hot.openstreetmap.org/
- Tagging documentation http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tagging
- surveying with field papers and GPS
- cambio de licensia y redactions
Listas de correo
- General discussion: http://lists.openstreetmap.org/listinfo/talk
- Mexico list http://lists.openstreetmap.org/listinfo/talk-mx
- Spanish speaking list http://lists.openstreetmap.org/listinfo/talk-es
- Tagging discussion http://lists.openstreetmap.org/listinfo/tagging
Enlaces de usuarios que dejaron su información. Iré agregando en cuanto sepa de los demás. / These are the links to attendees' user accounts who I've managed to gather, I'll add as I get word from the others.
Este domingo salimos al Bosque de Chapultepec para volar un globo del excelente Balloon Mapping Kit del Public Laboratory. Encuentra aquí una pequeña historia de fotos de este día. La idea era de sacar fotos aereas, no fue tan exitoso como nos hubiera gustado...
Haz click en las fotos para ver más información.
This Sunday we went to Chapultepec park to fly a balloon (using the excellent [Balloon Mapping Kit of Public Laboratory. See here a pictures of the day. The idea was to create areal imagery, it didn't quite work out that way...
Click on pictures for more info.
Eric and myself will be leading a MapBox training and OpenStreetMap mapping party in Mexico City tomorrow, Friday (10) and Saturday (11). On both days we will meet at the Telmex Hub in the center of Mexico City. You can find all the details on our blog.
In preparation, I've done some research in areas of Mexico DF we could be focussing on. The weather might not be cooperating, scroll to the bottom to see our plan for if we're stuck with rain.
Here are a lot of areas in Mexico DF that we could survey with Walking Papers and GPS. I've pulled a bunch of them together based on what I see missing on the DF map, not knowing these areas myself. Let's pick ones that are busy and safe enough. Please add more where you see fit.
We should also figure out whether we can/should get bikes or cars for the survey.
(Click to go to see map on openstreetmap.org)
Around La Raza
Around Camarones station
Area around Casco de Santo Tomás IPN
(Just south of the Camarones area described above)
North of Aragón
Peñón de los Baños
West of Iztacalco
The missing street names are due to the redaction process.
Around San Joaquín
This is just north of Polanco
There's a good chance of rain - if we can't do a ground survey (some rain shouldn't stop us) we have a backup program:
- Satellite tracing
- Using OSM data to render your own map with TileMill
- Visualizing progress in OpenStreetMap
- Research local geo sources
- Data density and quality research, create a backlog of next actions for Mexico DF or the entire country.
I'll be in Rio for Rio+20 and launching InfoAmazonia. I'd love to do some OSM work there, I'm thinking walking papers. Please get in touch if you're interested.
I'm working with Rub21 right now on improving Lima. We're finding a lot of disconnected streets there. What's the story behind these? I'm seeing that at least some of the remaining streets are by user Telecom IP - I'll be sending him a message. Not sure whether this is license change related, I remember seen these disconnected roads in Lima well before the bots kicked in.
Right now our plan of action is to repair the streets that match nicely with Bing satellite imagery and not touch those that don't. I'd like to eventually repair or remove the ones that appear to be garbage, too.
I just posted a quick report on walking papers work in Brasilia on our blog, check it out:
- Brasilia block system was tricky to figure out...
- ... and is now tricky to enter. Please join the discussion for a solution
Debriefing with Lima
If you're in Brasilia, join us on Sunday for some Walking Papers action, here are the details: http://mapbox.com/blog/osm-mapping-brasilia/
I will be in Sarajevo from Wednesday (Feb 15) to Sunday (Feb 19) for POINT conference:
- Thursday 7PM: Geo Data workshop, OSM, TileMill, QGis, etc. - would love to connect with OSM'ers!
- Friday 3.15PM: Talk about Fast and Beautiful Maps made of Open Data
Poke me on Twitter http://twitter.com/lxbarth if you're interested in joining in for the workshop or just catching up.