Here’s a small talk about Psychogeography, presented at the School of Geography, University of Leeds. It’s designed to accompany a discussion of the Introduction of Coverley’s book “Psychogeography”.
Almost exactly a year ago, I finished the import of a large amount of road data for Haiti. This was the result of the mapping community responding to the devastating storms and flooding that shook the country, and the need for good quality data for people to share. Now the country is struck by another disaster.
The main page coordinating efforts from OSM is here:
We’ve set up a special Map Warper instance at http://maps.nypl.org/relief/maps has a number of public domain maps that you can warp. Please come along and rectify these maps. OSM volunteers will then trace over the top and add these onto the map.
WhooMS is a tiny public WMS server for those people who have a GeoTIFF and need someplace to serve it as WMS. I wrote it a while ago, but now its running for all to use.
It’s written in Ruby, using the Sinatra Web Framework, which basically means it can all fit neatly on one file. It uses Ruby Mapscript to read the uploaded GeoTiff and serve it out to the world.
Nice and simple and basic. Got a GeoTiff handy? (EPSG:4326) give it a go. whooms.mapwarper.net
The code for it can be found on github: http://github.com/timwaters/whooms
Main caveat: when the disc space gets full, the older files will be deleted to fill up space.
MapOSMatic creates lovely maps with an index from OpenStreetMap maps. Click on the thumbs to get the full size PNG images.
You can also download them as PDFs here:
And for the curious, the MapOSMatic page : http://www.maposmatic.org/jobs/5493
It’s very very awesome. I hope to do a whole series for Leeds.
Picked this story from the OpenStreetMap IRC room – it’s is this very well written blog post by Rich about his thorny experiences in Uganda collecting data for OpenStreetMap.
At the time I thought it was ludicrous that they would suspect a white umuzungu as a terrorist, especially one with such as bad cover story that it took hours to explain what openstreetmaps was, that it was a volunteer activity, and that my reasons for doing this was primarily altruistic and maybe I can make money off selling it later