A Talk about OpenStreetMap.org with Founder, Steve Coast
Thursday March 24th, 2011, 6-8pm
Yale Law School, Room 127
Steve Coast is the Founder of OpenStreetMap, a free editable map of the world, and Principal Architect at Microsoft’s Bing Mobile. GIS users at Yale and elsewhere will be familiar with OpenStreetMap.org as a “go to” source for the most complete geographic data for both developed and underdeveloped parts of the globe.
During the response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake, OpenStreetMap.org and CrisisCommons.org volunteers used available satellite imagery to map the roads, buildings and refugee camps of Port-au-Prince in just two days, building “the most complete digital map of Haiti’s roads.” The resulting data and maps have been used by organizations providing relief aid, such as the World Bank, the European Commission Joint Research Centre, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, UNOSAT and others.
At Midnight, Tuesday, March 15th, 2011, the OpenStreetMap user base numbered 371,657, with over 2.2 billion GPS points uploaded.
Steve’s talk will focus on his work with OpenStreetMap.org and his interest in emerging methods of geographically organizing data and search capabilities.
Q&A session to follow.
For more info on Steve Coast, see: http://www.stevecoast.com/
For more info on OpenStreetMap, see: http://www.openstreetmap.org
For more info on CrisisCommons, see: http://crisiscommons.org
Co-sponsored by Yale Law School & The Yale Information Society Project
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