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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

GIS Users of Northern Ohio, "Creating Web Map Applications with Open Source Tools": 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Cleveland Metroparks CanalWay Center, 4524 East 49th St., Cuyahoga Heights. Free. Go to for more information. [This Thursday8/25]


Did you know Azavea's DistrictBuilder is open source? t's built on GeoServer and GeoWebCache.

- Azavea Blog

The second day keynote at the GIS in Public Transportation Conference is about an open source project.

The general session keynote address on September 15 is Open Trip Planner: Open Source Multimodal Trip Planner.

The OpenTripPlanner (OTP) project is an international effort to create a flagship open source platform for multimodal trip planning and analysis. As free and open source software, OTP can be freely downloaded, deployed, and modified by anyone, and is optimized for use with open data sources and standards such as OpenStreetMap for base network data and the General Transit Feed Specification (GTFS) for transit system data. OTP was established in the summer of 2009 to bring together a number of previously independent open source trip planning projects into a unified effort, and the project and its associated development community have since grown rapidly. In addition to the United States, there are now live OTP deployments in Canada, Poland, India, Spain, Ireland, and Israel. Later this fall, Portland's TriMet will formally launch a beta trip planning application built entirely on the OpenTripPlanner platform and open data sources, marking the first official deployment of a fully open source / open data trip planner by a major U.S. transit agency. This keynote session will provide an overview of OTP's history and current capabilities, including live demos, as well as a roadmap for development of the project going forward.

- press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/24 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

WikiCrimes in Brazil, and similar initiatives in Venezuela, Panama, Mexico, Argentina and Chile, provide interactive maps that people can use to anonymously report crimes, describe what happened and pinpoint the location. In this way, crime mapping identifies danger zones - crime hotspots - within a region with generally high crime rates, to enhance people's awareness, preparedness and safety. 

- Al Jazeera English

The [Utah] Legislature’s Redistricting Committee did two things Monday that critics doubted would ever happen.

First, it adopted a map proposed by an ordinary citizen — Robert Horning, a software designer living in Logan — for new state school board boundaries.

Second, it let the news media into a backroom to watch a subcommittee negotiate how to redraw Horning’s map a bit before final adoption, allowing reporters to listen to frank discussion about protection of incumbents and local school board boundaries.

- Salt Lake Tribune

Google is crowdsourcing guides to its crowdsourced mapping effort, Map Maker. (Yes, that's meta.)

Now all Map Maker users can be part of an even broader community education effort, with the help of “Map Makerpedia.”

Makerpeda lets users make additions and edits on a variety of guides, which range from 101 material on using Map Maker to in-depth guides on specialized tasks, like mapping a local university. Map Makerpedia also highlights some of the major charitable projects from Google that have been built with Map Maker, including flood and disease mapping.

- Search Engine Journal

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/24 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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