[OSM-talk] Student project ideas?

Andy Robinson Andy_J_Robinson at blueyonder.co.uk
Tue Jul 31 09:45:14 BST 2007

We need more interest from education sources so this is an interesting
opportunity that we should support with as many good ideas as possible.
Matthew and others have listed out may worthwhile suggestions.

I'll widen out the scope a bit to suggest that at some point we are going to
need to engage those who are effectively barred because of the technology we
use. I'm mainly thinking about countries where there is no accessible
mapping and where the technology and equipment for putting data into OSM is
difficult, especially in the developing world. So, looking at ways of
lowering the cost of entry and permitting data collection and editing in the
field, away from an internet connection. So, for instance, cheap GPS loggers
or cheap digital cameras/camera-phones with integral GPS data loggers and a
low cost computing platform which does not rely upon such frequent
connection to the internet. I see this perhaps as something that might be
used by educational establishments (traditional geographers et al) in
developing countries rather than hackers and neogeographers that we are
mainly familiar with to date.



Andy Robinson
Andy_J_Robinson at blueyonder.co.uk 
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>Subject: [OSM-talk] Student project ideas?
>A lecturer I know (Computer Science) is wondering if there are any
>things in OSM that could be used as the basis for student final
>year projects. The projects run from about October to April, so it's
>not a quick fix for anything, but maybe something like investigating
>routing might be one? Any ideas I can pass on? Can't guarantee anything
>good will come out of them, of course, but it might be useful.
>Things (not necessarily good things!) I can think of quickly:
>  Map routing (Dijkstra, etc) that gives useful driving directions
>  Convert the database and JOSM to use nodes and paths
>  Distributed database for OSM that offers speed and resilience
>  Distributed web system for hosting tiles such that servers can
>    go away without browsers noticing (peer-to-peer maybe?)
>  JOSM plugin to automatically map areas based on the Yahoo imagery
>    (some sort of image processing to detect roads)
>  Software and algorithms for automatically creating optimal maps
>    from GPS data (i.e. using "just the right number" of nodes) and
>    auto merging with existing data.
>  Automatic real-time mapping application (laptop in car, passenger
>    just has to type in street names when prompted? Speech recognition?!)
>  OCR of street signs when pictures loaded into JOSM? (maybe not! ;-) )
>They need to be projects, so "fix trac bugs m to n" is probably not
>good unless bug X is a particularly big one ;). A selection of issues with
>a common theme might be OK. Open-ended stuff can be good so the student
>can choose the way they will work at the problem, hopefully with
>reference to the wider community too, of course.
>Any ideas or refinements of the above?
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