[OSM-talk] Student project ideas?

Christof Dallermassl cdaller.hw at gmx.at
Tue Jul 31 13:21:55 BST 2007

How about some cool applications that use OSM data? OSM on a pda, OSM on 
your phone (as vector data), OSM in the browser, OSM in the digital 
(video) camera, ...

there are some areas that have perfect data (london, karlsruhe, 
netherlands soon) - so it is time to create new applications that were 
not possible before (without free data).


Andy Robinson schrieb:
> 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.
> Cheers,
> Andy
> Andy Robinson
> Andy_J_Robinson at blueyonder.co.uk 
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: talk-bounces at openstreetmap.org [mailto:talk-
>> bounces at openstreetmap.org] On Behalf Of Matthew Newton
>> Sent: 31 July 2007 12:16 AM
>> To: talk at openstreetmap.org
>> Subject: [OSM-talk] Student project ideas?
>> Hi,
>> 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?
>> Thanks!
>> --
>> Matthew
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