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.
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.
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).
Phi Beta Iota: This is the foundation for getting to a world brain in which all data in all languages and mediums is “grounded” in a 1:20,000 or better open source digital chart (three-dimensional, of course).
Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have developed a new, more computationally efficient way to process data from the Global Positioning System (GPS), to enhance location accuracy from the meter-level down to a few centimeters.
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
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.