[talk-au] Funding for OpenStreetMap initiatives

Brendan Barnes brenbarnes at gmail.com
Tue Jul 13 04:26:28 UTC 2021

Agree drones have legalities. It is the full responsibility of the pilot
operator to adhere to all laws and regulations, and determine if it's a
commercial flight or not. I'm familiar with Australian drone legislation,
but other countries in Oceania will have their own drone rules to operate

However unless you're in NSW with DCS Imagery, a lot of other state and
country aerial imagery comes from Bing as the highest quality currently
available, which can be hard to determine capture date. Having the compute
power available in the community to convert pilot's open source JPG
sequences into orthorectified imagery would provide a new source of
community-derived current aerial imagery. As we can see with the
OpenAerialMap project, there's very few contributors currently in our
region https://map.openaerialmap.org/

Loan equipment programs in other OSM regions charge a small fee to renters.
It is used for cost-recovery for the equipment shipping, return, and other

On Tue, 13 Jul 2021 at 13:37, Warin <61sundowner at gmail.com> wrote:

> Drones are not allowed in many areas. And they bug the hell out of me :)
> So I'd be very carefull with that one.
> Yes it would be nice to have some hardware .. but getting to others and
> then getting it from them to the next can be an issue - Australia is a big
> place. Aus Post can be used.. but the packing needs to be able to withstand
> dropping at least. Don't want it sitting on someones shelf either.
> On 13/7/21 12:59 pm, Brendan Barnes wrote:
> Suggestions:
> Loanable equipment such as high-precision handheld GPS units for GPS
> traces, and Waylens or 360 degree cameras for KartaView image sequences.
> Similar to the equipment loan program in Europe
> https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/GPS_Units_for_Loan
> Hardware for a loanable KartaView rig project, such as a "trekking-style"
> backpack for OSM hikers, or a HD multi-camera, high-precision GPS car rig.
> Funding to help secure more OSM hardware hosting sponsors in the region.
> Currently we only have two Tile Servers, and they are both located in
> Melbourne, Australia.
> Drone mapping infrastructure, such as a community Open Drone Map cloud
> server, to process orthorectified aerial imagery.
> On Sat, 10 Jul 2021 at 17:32, Mateusz Konieczny via Talk-au <
> talk-au at openstreetmap.org> wrote:
>> 9 Jul 2021, 03:06 by eneerhut at gmail.com:
>>    - Funding for OSM related software development
>> What about projects that are not
>> targeting specifically Oceania needs but
>> as useful elsewhere?
>> Is it going to be lower priority, with
>> Oceania-focused project having a clear
>> preference?
>> Or is it not useful to even propose them?
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