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

Jo Walsh jo at frot.org
Sun Feb 27 23:36:55 GMT 2005

i've just realised that i don't think i've sent this announcement to
this list; a evening forum on open geodata, as part of the "Open
Knowledge Forums" series, happening in six weeks. Blurb is below.

i hope this will be both an opportunity to bring together the open map
hacking "community" and to socialise the principles and tools to a
vested-interest audience. i hope that non-londoners here will consider
coming down, or up, for it. i think it will be an interesting evening.
speaking time is limited, to keep discussion rich, but lightning-talk
type slots could still be doable...

= 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

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: 

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