A reminder, for those who have an interest in access to geographic data and in open cartography projects, about the Open Knowledge Forum on Open Geodata to be held in central London next Thursday evening.
Where and When
* When: next Thursday April 14th 2005, 7-9pm
* Where: Stanhope Centre, Marble Arch, London.
* [http://www.stanhopecentre.org/about/directions.shtml Directions]
* Who can attend: public. Registration is optional but useful so
* please notify us if you can via firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Who is speaking:
* Steve Coast ([http://openstreetmap.org openstreetmap])
* Roger Longhorn ([http://i-dra.org geodata policy expert])
* Giles Lane ([http://socialtapestries.net social tapestries])
* Chris Lightfoot ([http://mysociety.org/] mysociety)
* Gesche Schmid ([http://www.medway.gov.uk/maps/] medway)
* Jo Walsh ([http://mappinghacks.com mapping hacks])
”One thing the projects in the civic information forum share, is a dependency for spatial information in their service; even if that’s as simple as ‘enter my postcode’…”
The Open Knowledge Forum on geo-data brings together those who wish to use such data, for example in local government or at NGOs, with those working to produce it (for example by creating free of copyright maps).
The UK is one of the best-mapped surfaces on the planet, but our national mapping resources are highly-priced and administered by a semi-private company that acts as a monopoly based on Crown Copyright.
The Public Sector Information Directive emphasises the benefits and importance of access to geographic information. But local governments don’t own the information they gather, and arguably millions are wasted providing expensive “viewing” services which present pictures of the data, instead of raw information.
This forum will be a discussion about different applications with a civic society focus, such as participatory planning or problem reporting, which could be initially built using free base maps and geocoding facilities.
The Open Knowledge Forums are organized by the Open Knowledge Foundation: