[Openstreetmap] Announce: Forum on Open Geodata, London, April 14th

Jo Walsh jo at frot.org
Thu Feb 24 17:30:10 GMT 2005


hello,

The venue and timing is now definite for the Open Knowledge Forum on
geo-data. SteveC will do a short talk, i will handwave for five
minutes. I would like to get some lightning demos going, possibly in a
pub retreat afterwards. Please ping if if there's anything you really
want to say or show. 

This will be a good chance to have an F2F on free maps and i hope
list members nearby will be able to attend.

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= Forum on Open Geodata =

== Where and When ==
  * When: Thurs April 14th 2005, 7-9pm
  * Where:  Stanhope Centre, Marble Arch, London.
  * [http://www.stanhopecentre.org/about/directions.shtml Directions]
  * Who can attend: public. Registration is optional but useful so
  * please notify us if you can via okforums-info at okfn.org.
  * Who is speaking:
   * Steve Coast ([http://openstreetmap.org openstreetmap])
   * Roger Longhorn ([http://i-dra.org geodata policy expert])
   * Giles Lane ([http://socialtapestries.net social tapestries])
   * Jo Walsh ([http://mappinghacks.com mapping hacks]) 
   * TBC

== Subject Matter ==

''One thing the projects in the civic information forum share, is a
dependency for spatial information in their service; even if that's as
simple as 'enter my postcode'...''
 
The Open Knowledge Forum on geo-data is bringing together people
working on free of copyright mapping and open geo-data projects, with
those working on local government and NGO which need maps and spatial
analysis.

The UK is one of the best-mapped surfaces on the planet, but our
national mapping resources are highly-priced and administered by a
semi-private company that acts as a monopoly based on Crown Copyright.

The Public Sector Information Directive emphasises the benefits and
importance of access to geographic information. But local governments
don't own the information they gather, and arguably millions are
wasted providing expensive "viewing" services which present pictures
of the data, instead of raw information.

This forum will be a discussion about different applications with a
civic society focus, such as participatory planning or problem
reporting, which could be initially built using free base maps and
geocoding facilities.

For more information please see:
  * http://www.okfn.org/geo/
  * http://okfn.org/wiki/OpenGeoData

The Open Knowledge Forums are organized by the Open Knowledge Foundation: 
http://www.openknowledgefoundation.org/
 




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