[OSM-dev] open source mapping with polygons?

Kate Chapman kate at maploser.com
Sat Feb 19 19:11:33 GMT 2011

Hi Nitin,

I'm Kate Chapman and I work for FortiusOne, the company that created
GeoCommons.  I also am active in OpenStreetMap in the United States
and with the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team.  Our office has hosted a
variety of OpenStreetMap meet-ups in the past as well.

While it is true that GeoCommons is not exactly like a wiki, it is
designed for collaboration. There are 50,000 datasets that our
community has contributed from all sorts of sources.  We also allow
geocoding and joining of data to boundaries to create new datasets as
well.  Any GeoCommons user can use any of the data that another user
has uploaded or created.  We also have APIs to all over our features
that allow people to create other collaboration tools on top of
GeoCommons for example: http://issuemap.org/.

We are going to be adding further collaboration tools in the future
and welcome any feedback.


Kate Chapman

On Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 1:44 PM, Nitin Gadia <nittyjee at gmail.com> wrote:
> Though GeoCommons is quite beautifully done, it is designed with significant
> limitations.
> *First and foremost, it is not designed like a wiki, where people can
> collaborate and add to the map. There is nothing for editing the map
> internally, like openstreetmap, and nothing for discussing it. Geocommons is
> simply for viewing maps people have created using other programs.
> Does anyone know:
> Most importantly, if you at least know:
> *Are there any other online open mapping platforms that are at least as
> powerful as openstreetmap and geoCommons?
> More detailed if you have the knowledge and time:
> *Is there any progress being made on making something like Geocommons, which
> uses polygons and data representation to make it a wiki, like openstreetmap?
> *What tools does GeoCommons use? I can see the architecture for
> openstreetmap on their site:
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Component_Overview
> *If there is anyone well versed with opensource tools like these, how would
> you envision something being created using, in the same way as
> openstreetmap, polygons and representing data?
> Thanks,
> Nitin
> On Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 12:33 PM, Nitin Gadia <nittyjee at gmail.com> wrote:
>> So, I just added the historical map I created.
>> Click on "Make Map" and login:
>> http://geocommons.com/overlays/93944
>> Or, if you're logged in, this should allow you to go directly to the map:
>> http://geocommons.com/maps/52565/edit?add_id=93944
>> When you see the map, click in the upper-left and choose to animate the
>> map.
>> Note: For some reason, I cannot animate the features "cumulatively"...
>> You can only choose a range, and the previous changes disappear
>> (you'll see what I mean if you try it).
>> Nitin
>> On Thu, Feb 17, 2011 at 2:03 PM, Nitin Gadia <nittyjee at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Awesome.
>>> Yes, like that...
>>> But can you actually draw maps in it?
>>> Is there a time and animation function?
>>> I suppose I can at least play around with it and see how to create a
>>> population density map.
>>> Thanks,
>>> Nitin
>>> On Thu, Feb 17, 2011 at 1:39 PM, Jonathan Bennett
>>> <openstreetmap at jonno.cix.co.uk> wrote:
>>>> On 17/02/2011 15:54, nittyG wrote:
>>>>> What I am envisioning is something where a user can create and/or
>>>>> manipulate
>>>>> polygons to show everything from population density, to rainfall and
>>>>> climate
>>>>> change, to market flows, to historical maps that
>>>>> can be animated.
>>>> A bit like GeoCommons, then?
>>>> http://geocommons.com/
>>>> --
>>>> Jonathan (Jonobennett)
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