Penguin: Open Source Resistance Confronts Private GMS

#OSE Open Source Everything, Geospatial

An open source resistance takes shape as tech giants race to map the world

For Gowda, it was the fact that Google Maps is a global, commercial product and did not capture local detail.

Gowda and a few other contributors from India are part of a tiny yet growing resistance movement which doesn’t want giant corporations to own all the mapping data.

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Penguin: Amazon + Waze + Open Source + Muncipalities = Amazon Knows Where Everyone Is, Always

Data, Geospatial

A New Open-Source Framework for Government Projects

More than 600 local, state and federal governments have signed up for the Waze Connected Citizens Program, and more than 80 have expressed interest in a new Waze open source processor—New York City; Los Angeles; Anchorage, Alaska; and Denver among them—to contribute code or deploy the finished solution. The only cost they’ll incur will be that of paying the cloud provider, Amazon, for storage and data transfer: less than $200 a month.

George Por: Silke Helfrich on Mapping as Commons

Geospatial
George Por
George Por

Mapping as Commons

1. Stick to the Commons: as a goal and a practice
2. Create syntony on the goal
3. People’s needs first
4. Keep an eye on interoperability and use web technology
5. Contribute to the Federated Commons
6. Provide open access
7. Use free software
8. Self-host your infrastructure
9. Build on open technology standards
10. Make sure you really own your data
11. Use free open data licenses
12. Guarantee the openness of taxonomies
13. Make the Data Commons thrive through your usage
14. Care for your Data Commons
15. Protect the ‚maps & atlasses commons‘ legally as commons
16. Crowdsource your mapping
17. Remember always why you are making the map and who you are making it for.
18. Archive the map when it doesn’t work anymore for you.

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Patrick Meier: Geospatial Information Management – Ten Year Vision

Geospatial
Patrick Meier
Patrick Meier

A 10 Year Vision: Future Trends in Geospatial Information Management

The United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) recently published their second edition of Future Trends in Geospatial Information Management. I blogged about the first edition here. Below are some of the excerpts I found interesting or noteworthy. The report itself is a 50-page document (PDF 7.1Mb).

Summary of 22 Critical Points

Phillip Davis: Open Source GIS for Everyone – A QGIS-based program at Lagara College Vancouver

Geospatial
Phillip Davis
Phillip Davis

Open Source GIS for Everyone: A QGIS-based program at Langara College Vancouver

Until now the learning of GIS has not spread as widely as it could, in large part because of the high cost of GIS software. The benefits of GIS have been limited to large organizations, governments, and academia. Where is the GIS for the average person? In September 2013, QGIS 2.0 was released, answering the question posed above. This GIS software, released under a Free and Open Source (Creative Commons CC BY-SA 3.0) license, offers a credible alternative to commercial GIS programs. Now everyone can do GIS, regardless of their budget for software. Individuals, small businesses, charities, political parties, First Nations, journalists and numerous other groups can now harness the power of GIS for their own purposes.  Read full article

Yoda: World Maps — Russia A+ NGA C-

Geospatial

yoda with light saberInside the Secret World of Russia’s Cold War Mapmakers

The US military made maps during the Cold War too, of course, but the two superpowers had different mapping strategies that reflected their different military strengths … the US military rarely made maps more detailed than 1:250,000, and generally only did so for areas of special strategic interest. “The Soviets, on the other hand, were the global leaders in tank technology,” Forbes says. “One to 50,000 scale is globally considered among the military to be the tactical scale for ground forces,” Forbes says.

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Chuck Spinney: Cartographic Games Divorced from Reality – Daniel Neep on The Middle Eastern Example

Geospatial, IO Deeds of War, IO Impotency, IO Mapping
Chuck Spinney
Chuck Spinney

Below is a brilliant essay that shows how cartographic hallucinogenics can capture one’s Orientation and create an incestuously amplifying* decision cycle that disconnects a “policy” maker from real world. * Note to new readers: For an explanation of how “incestuous amplification” operates to disconnect a decision maker from the exigencies of the real world read my essay, Incestuous Amplification and the Madness of King George.

FOCUS: THE MIDDLE EAST, HALLUCINATION, AND THE CARTOGRAPHIC IMAGINATION

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Willow Brugh: Distributed Digital Disaster Response

Crowd-Sourcing, Geospatial, Governance, P2P / Panarchy, Resilience
Willow Brugh
Willow Brugh

Willow Brugh on Distributed and Digital Disaster Response

The citizen response to 2012’s Hurricane Sandy was in many important ways more effective than the response from established disaster response institutions like FEMA. New York-based response efforts like Occupy Sandy leveraged existing community networks and digital tools to find missing people; provide food, shelter, and medical assistance; and offer a hub for volunteers and donors.

In this talk Willow Brugh — Berkman fellow and Professor of Practice at Brown University — demonstrates examples ranging from Oklahoma to Tanzania where such distributed and digital disaster response have proved successful, and empowered citizens to respond in ways traditional institutions cannot.

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Bob Abramms: New Printing of Hobo-Dyer Map (North Up South Up Combined Plus World Population Map

Geospatial
Bab Abramms
Bab Abramms

Newly-released mind-expanding paradigm-shaking world maps.

1. Equal area Hobo-Dyer map (North-up & South-up combined)

and

2. World Population Map (updated 2015 desktop version)

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Guy Thomas: New Centimeter-Accurate GPS

Geospatial

guy thomasNew centimeter-accurate GPS system could transform virtual reality and mobile devices

Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a centimeter-accurate GPS-based positioning system that could revolutionize geolocation on virtual reality headsets, cellphones and other technologies, making global positioning and orientation far more precise than what is currently available on a mobile device.

Patrick Meier: Crowd-Sourcing, AI, and Imagery

Collective Intelligence, Geospatial
Patrick Meier
Patrick Meier

Aerial Imagery Analysis: Combining Crowdsourcing and Artificial Intelligence

MicroMappers combines crowdsourcing and artificial intelligence to make sense of “Big Data” for Social Good. Why artificial intelligence (AI)? Because regular crowdsourcing alone is no match for Big Data. The MicroMappers platform can already be used to crowdsource the search for relevant tweets as well as pictures, videos, text messages, aerial imagery and soon satellite imagery. The next step is therefore to add artificial intelligence to this crowdsourced filtering platform. We have already done this with tweets and SMS. So we’re now turning our attention to aerial and satellite imagery. Read full post with video and links.