OpenStreetMap and CycleStreets: collaborative map-making and cartography in the age of the internet
Research Seminar, Thursday 24th February 2011, 12.30pm - Martin Lucas-Smith, University of Cambridge
Abstract: The arrival of web-based mapping from Google and others has revolutionised, in the space of only five years, the way many people interact with maps and map data. And the success of projects such as Wikipedia highlight how collation of small amounts of information from large numbers of people - an approach called 'crowdsourcing' - can challenge traditional models of data collection and ownership. Bringing these concepts together is OpenStreetMap, a collaborative project to create a free editable map of the world. Well-established enterprises such as the Ordnance Survey are coming under increased pressure from this new model, and large companies such as MapQuest and Microsoft are starting to use and invest in it. Martin Lucas-Smith, Webmaster in the Department, and one of two main developers of the leading UK-wide cycle journey planner website, CycleStreets, will discuss OpenStreetMap, its use within a wide range of systems (from cartography, routing, and even its central role helping deal with the Haiti disaster) and discuss the challenges it poses to traditional forms of cartography and data collection.
- OpenStreetMap website
- Map features - (fairly) established data norms
- Live OpenStreetMap editing demo - (may take 10 seconds to load)
- Live online automated cartography demo - zoom right in, then click 'Edit Map Style'. Then click on a starting style, and click 'Clone Style' in the bottom-right. You can change the styles using the floating box on the right. Make changes, then click on 'Refresh the map with your changes' at the bottom.
- CycleStreets cycle journey planner (centred on Cambridge)
OpenStreetMap 2008: A Year of Edits (short animation)
Evolution of European OpenStreetMap coverage
- Haklay, M. and Weber, P., 2008, OpenStreetMap: User-Generated Street Maps, IEEE Pervasive Computing, October-December 2008, pp. 12-18
- OpenStreetMap Response to Haiti earthquake - interesting presentation
- The US TIGER data import - imports and community damage