by Emily Badger, The Atlantic, March 14, 2013
OpenStreetMap is a marvel of modern crowdsourcing. Since its creation in 2004, DIY cartographers – typically armed with GPS devices or satellite photography – have been slowly mapping the world’s road networks and landmarks to create a free alternative to proprietary geographic data that can then support tools like trip planners. The process, which began in the U.K., is painstaking and piecemeal, and nearly a decade into it, more than a million people have contributed a sliver of road here or a surveyed cul-de-sac there. …
For full text of this article, visit Mapping the Growth of OpenStreetMap – Emily Badger – The Atlantic Cities.
Also check out the great work of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team.
- Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team: Saving Lives Through Maps (mollweide.wordpress.com)
- Apple, Google, Facebook, and OpenStreetMap: The top 5 changes to expect from maps in 2013 (venturebeat.com)
- How to replace Google Maps with OpenStreet Maps in your BlackBerry 10 Android App (devblog.blackberry.com)
by Matt Ball, Sensors and Systems, V1 Magazine, June 26, 2012
GeoEye received word late last week that the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) would be making a significant cut in their 2013 funding under the Enhanced View contract, offering only a three or nine-month option. While there is still some indication that Congress might fully fund the program, the news was bleak enough to send GeoEye stock falling more than twenty percent. In this time of tightened government budgets, and unstable global economy, it’s tough on all businesses to remain stable, but combined with dramatic defense cuts, the pressures form a perfect storm for the U.S. commercial satellite imaging industry. The overwhelming defense demand has seen both companies grow strongly over the past decade, with capacity devoted mainly to this task. That strong demand has meant less of an emphasis on growing the commercial applications of this unique spatial intelligence, and without a broad base, some time will be needed to fill revenue gaps. …
For full text of this op-ed, visit Sensors & Systems – Do the NGA cuts mark a failure of the commercial satellite imagery market?.
Stopping unlawful mapping activities: MoD asks government to frame law
by Mushtaq Ghuman, Business Recorder, January 04, 2012
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has suggested to the government to frame a law aimed at stopping unlawful activities related to mapping firms, given that several western countries, including Australia, China, India, Turkey, USA and UK, have enacted supportive laws, official sources told Business Recorder. … According to the MoD, rapid developments in the fields of surveying and mapping, especially computer-aided cartography, availability of satellite imagery and satellite-based ‘Global Position System’ (GPS) has greatly facilitated the art of map making. Resultantly, a number of firms have engaged themselves in mapping activities. …”If mushroom growth of such firms is not checked instantly, it would be a potential threat of high security risk, on the one hand, and decline of accurate mapping within the country, on the other,” sources quoted MoD as writing to the government. …
For full text of the article, visit Stopping unlawful mapping activities: MoD asks government to frame law | Business Recorder.
David Malakoff, Science Magazine, December 2011 (Vol. 334, no. 6051, p. 1337)
For decades, scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have been carving satellite data into customized chunks that help other federal agencies solve some unusual problems—at no cost to the users. But faced with soaring NOAA satellite costs and a bleak budget outlook, lawmakers last month ordered the agency to explore ways of charging other federal agencies—and perhaps even some large consortiums of academic scientists that partner with government agencies—for its “specialized data products.” It’s time, they argue, for beneficiaries to help NOAA sustain a cash-strapped satellite program. A storm is brewing over the suggestion.
For full text of the article, visit Congress Asks NOAA to Consider Charging for Data.
- NOAA app delivers aerial, satellite imagery to first responders’ mobile devices (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
- NOAA Environmental Satellites Win Funding (news.sciencemag.org)
By Henry Kenyon, Government Computer News, Oct 07, 2011
Emergency crews responding to major natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes now have access to a Web application that delivers aerial and satellite imagery of the area to their smart phones and tablet computers. The prototype application was created by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Geodetic Survey.
Full text of the article via NOAA app delivers aerial, satellite imagery to first responders’ mobile devices — Government Computer News.
- DIY satellite imagery (kottke.org)
- Crowdsourcing Satellite Imagery Tagging to Support UNHCR in Somalia (irevolution.net)
Jonathan Houston, On the Media, NPR, September 30, 2011
There are parts of Sudan too dangerous and too remote for journalists to get to—meaning they can’t cover some of the human rights abuses that have plagued the country. The Satellite Sentinel Project uses, you guessed it, satellites to shed light on what’s happening on the ground in Sudan.
To listen to the NPR interview click here.