Tag: open spatial data

Cool OSM Sites

Using OpenStreetMap is now not only limited to just the site www.openstreetmap.org.   There are currently various other websites related to OpenStreetMap. These sites not only provide convenience to its users to retrieve specific OSM data, but also provide a wide range of features to the users of OpenStreetMap to see anything else related to OpenStreetMap as will be explained below. The first site is the Best of OSM. On this site you can see examples of the mapped area with a very nice and some other interesting areas, such as the selection of Best of OSM, there are some…

Why the World Needs OpenStreetMap

Every time I tell someone about OpenStreetMap, they inevitably ask “Why not use Google Maps?”. From a practical standpoint, it’s a reasonable question, but ultimately this is not just a matter of practicality, but of what kind of society we want to live in. I discussed this topic in a 2008 talk on OpenStreetMap I gave at the first MappingDC meeting. Here are many of same concepts, but expanded. In the 1800s, people were struggling with time, not how much of it they had, but what time it was. Clocks existed, but every town had its own time, “Local time”,…

OpenStreetMap Introduction for Mongabay Contributors

As part of In-depth Environmental Issues Writing workshop, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) was asked to speak on matters related to OpenStreetMap (OSM). This event was held on Monday, October 28th, 2013. Located in Wisma PGI, Jakarta, the event was attended by Mongabay Indonesia Director, senior editor and 10 contributors which come from various regions in Indonesia. The participants from Mongabay Indonesia The event was started by opening speech from Ridzki Sigit, Director of Mongabay Indonesia, then followed by introduction from Yantisa Akhadi as resource person from HOT. In his presentation, Yantisa explained what is OSM, how quality assurance and privacy were…

OpenStreetMap Discussion at Knowledge House, SatuDunia

On Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) was invited as a speaker on 2nd Knowledge House Discussion, held by SatuDunia. The event was located in SatuDunia office in Tebet, South Jakarta. The goal is to introduce OpenStreetMap (OSM) and its potential application on organizations work. The event was scheduled to start at 10am, yet the participants already arrived starting from 9.30am therefore a small informal discussion in started. Not long after that, more than 10 participants from various institutions such as National Commission on Violence against Women, Dompet Dhuafa, The Indonesian Coral Reef Foundation and Erotics Indonesia were…

OpenStreetMap for Environmental Journalist

There are endless examples on how OpenStreetMap (OSM) can be used as the base map in various subjects. The OSM feature to edit the map that we are going to use gives us a chance to enrich the map in order to provide a richer story for our audience. The same can be said for the use of OSM in the Environment setting. Environmental OSM provides an introduction to the use of OSM to help tackle global warming, sustainable development and biodiversity. To promote the use of OSM on Environmental Journalists, on August 28th, 2013, Humanitarian OSM Team (HOT) Indonesia…

OpenStreetMap Training at Institut Teknologi Bandung, Bandung

Fasting month did not prevent people to be productive. This was proven on July 25th, 2013 when Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) Indonesia visit Insitut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) and have a chance to share knowledge and experiences on OpenStreetMap (OSM) to several Master and PhD students from Civil Engineering and Geology department. The main focus is on the OSM ability to collect building data. The event also attended by Kristy van Putten and Charlotte Morgan from Australia Indonesia Facility for Disaster Reduction (AIFDR) and Hyeuk Ryu from Geoscience Australia which try to apply Earthquake Risk Model (EQRM) to estimate earthquake impact…

Workshops Continue… Bandung, West Java

We conducted another Beginning OpenStreetMap Workshop.  This time in Lembang, Kab. Bandung, West Java, on 24-28 September 2012, precisely at the Grand Hotel Lembang. The participants appreciated this workshop just as much as the previous participants in the Padung workshop last week. The Bandung participants represented 15 BPBD Provincial & Districts, Public Health Service, LIPI, IOM, Red Cross, and the PRB Forum Wanadri in West Java Province. Wulan asked questions to one of the participants, Mr. Hersuparyoto, a representative of BPBD West Java Province.  More specifically, he works in the Operations Control Center of BPBD West Java.  He was one of…

The Power of Community Mapping and Open Spatial Data

Who does not need a map? Many people today need a good map from academia, government, mountaineer, to ordinary people who simply want to find their destination. But unfortunately, the maps are available in Indonesia at this time is still limited in number and very little for the public to access it, either constrained costs, as well as the amount of data available. Did you know that according to CJ Zandvliet from Dutch in journal Horizon in 1994, surveying and mapping activities in Indonesian archipelago was begin since the eighth century ago? History also records that the first map of Indonesia is a…