[Talk-us] How to get college students involved?

Katie Filbert filbertk at gmail.com
Fri Aug 6 18:43:39 BST 2010


On Fri, Aug 6, 2010 at 1:00 PM, Stefan Brandle <sbrandle at cse.taylor.edu>wrote:

>  Hi. The following may be outside your time and interest scope, but I am
> interested in hearing from anybody who is willing to nibble on my
> requests. I have never actually done any mapping work, but joined this
> list and lurked with the hope of starting to learn about the tools and
> issues.
>

It is great to get your students involved with mapping, and give them
something practical to work with such as OSM.

Though, I suggest first you try some mapping yourself and get more familiar
with how things work.  You could start out with Potlatch (edit tab), but
given your more technical background,I think you would do well with JOSM.

http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/JOSM/Guide

Feel free to ask us questions here.  There also are IRC channels on
irc.oftc.net (#osm and #osm-us) for asking questions.

It certainly would help if an OSM mapper in your area would be able to help
you, but I'm not sure if/who.

(I might be out that way sometime in the fall, but not sure exactly when)

I teach computer science at a university about half way between
> Indianapolis and Ft. Wayne. I would love to have someone show us how to
> get involved mapping precise data locally and submitting it to various
> online data sets, or working on software that is helpful to OSM and
> others. We have students who need senior projects, and also run the
> occasional special topics class.
>

An example of what can be done, as a computer science student project, is
the University of Maryland's TerpNav map.  Here they have mapped all the
footways, details like steps, curb cutouts and hills, and added pedestrian
routing capabilities to the map.

http://map.umd.edu/map/

http://weait.com/content/pedestrian-map-routing

Cheers,
Katie

If anybody is interested, I would like to start a dialog, or at least
> get some pointers to the right direction.
>
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Katie Filbert
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