[talk-ph] OpenStreetMap.org.ph and myself.

maning sambale emmanuel.sambale at gmail.com
Tue Dec 16 01:37:50 GMT 2008


Ahmed,

Thank you for helping us in making the website.  We hope to work with
you and your company further for the benefit of free mapping in PH.



On Tue, Dec 16, 2008 at 5:06 AM, Ahmed Farooq <ahmed at enthropia.com> wrote:
> Hi guys,
>
>
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> I've been on this list for a while, and been quiet, just getting a feel for
> how things work. I just wanted to take a quick time to introduce myself.
>
>
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> My name is Ahmed Farooq, and I am a Canadian based in NYC (my wife is doing
> her grad studies here).  Around 1998 I teamed up with a Filipino and started
> working in the online space (we were partners – not any of that outsourcing
> stuff). Since then we have grown and worked in many areas.
>
>
>
> For the past few years one of our interests has been in the Filipino
> internet space, and promoting growth with-in. By that I imply projects by
> Filipinos for Filipinos. One of our earliest advocacy sites was
> PayPalNow.com.ph – used to urge PayPal into offering full PH services. Our
> company was a World Reseller with PayPal, and I myself was asked by PayPal
> to do an interview in a Canadian newspaper a few years back.
>
>
>
> As you know – PayPal did come. Whether because of our attempts or not, it
> got a good taste in our months.
>
>
>
> Since then we have been quietly figuring out what to focus our efforts on. I
> donated to the OSM project over a year ago – before they had integrated
> TIGER data into the system (the donation was meant to spur that process). As
> someone concerned about one company having too much power on the internet,
> the OSM project offered a fresh breath of air into the world of mapping.
>
>
>
> My own exposure to the OSM PH portion came through Eugene – I had found his
> site through TopBlogs.com.ph and had contacted him a long time about mapping
> in the Philippines. It was a few months after that initial conversation when
> I found out how expansive the OSM PH portion was.
>
>
>
> Our goal with Openstreetmap.org.ph is very simple – raise awareness and
> educate technical (and non-technical) people on what OSM is and why it is
> important. One movement I do want to encourage is the use of SEO to
> establish that website into higher visibility. As Google et all give
> preference to a ccTLD in that country (.ph for the Philippines), if we pool
> our efforts together, it is possible we can get significant ranking for the
> keyword 'map' and its related keywords. This in itself would greatly broaden
> the exposure of OSM to the general population.
>
>
>
> So – the first thing we will be doing (soon) is adding a bunch of images to
> help promote the site. Secondly, we also own and operate TopBlogs.com.ph.
> While Alexa is far from perfect, it does put that site in the top 1000 for
> the Philippines. The site itself does near 3000 unique visitors a day, and
> we have almost 2,300 blogs active on that site. Sometimes later this week
> (or early next week – depending on how soon the graphics are ready) we will
> be emailing them all encouraging their help in the OSM project.
>
>
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> I look forward to greatly expanding the visibility of the OSM project in the
> Philippines.
>
>
>
> Ahmed
>
> www.TechSoapbox.com
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> From: talk-ph-bounces at openstreetmap.org
> [mailto:talk-ph-bounces at openstreetmap.org] On Behalf Of Eugene Alvin Villar
> Sent: Monday, December 15, 2008 12:38 PM
> To: OSM
> Subject: [talk-ph] A look at Wikimapia Beta (and advocating for OSM)
>
>
>
> Hello guys (no girls?),
>
> I've e-mailed the mailing list in passing about Wikimapia Beta before, and
> I've now properly "reviewed" and blogged about it:
> http://vaes9.codedgraphic.com/posts/wikimapia_beta. Wikimapia Beta is yet
> another road mapping project and their coverage of the Philippines could
> rival that of Google Map Maker since they use Google Maps' satellite
> imagery. I've concluded my blog post with a call for participation to the
> OSM project by linking to http://openstreetmap.org.ph/.
>
> I'd like to suggest that we talk to the Filipino Google Map Makers
> (http://groups.google.com/group/mapping-the-philippines/) (I think Rally is
> part of that group), and the Filipino Wikimapians
> (http://filimapia.pbwiki.com/) so that we can, at the very least, coordinate
> tagging and naming conventions (they face the same problems we do) and
> maybe, possibly, encourage them to switch to OSM. Hehehe. ;-)
>
> What do you guys think?
>
> Regards,
> Eugene / seav
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