[geo-discuss] Hello and request for advice w.r.t developing open geo-data as part of an undergraduate degree course geography module

Jo Walsh metazool at gmail.com
Thu Apr 28 19:11:57 UTC 2011

Andy. I'm the moderator of this list along with two others that date back to
the day N and if they were merged might actually be useful again...

Geodata at lists.osgeo
Open-geodata at lists.okfn

What to do?

On 28 Apr 2011 19:16, "Andy Turner" <A.G.D.Turner at leeds.ac.uk> wrote:


I'm a researcher based at the University of Leeds. I expect some of us have
met :) Anyway, I've just joined this list as I think it is a good one to
perhaps field a question I have. Sorry not to have joined the list sooner.

I'm working with a small team to develop a proposal for a new module for an
undergraduate level 1 module in geography to be run at the University of
Leeds from October. The focus and proposed title for the module is "Leeds:
>From local to global". The idea is to focus some teaching and learning (and
research and data development) about our local region (and introspectively
mapping out how the University of Leeds collaborates/collaborated with other
organisations around the world).

I have interested David Bell, the Director of Learning and Teaching, (who is
leading the development of the module) in developing open data and linked
data and geo-data in particular. The plan is for something like 50-100
students to take the module and learn about the different types of data that
exist and then actively contribute to developing maps.

So we're still in the planning stage and I'm after some advice.

I want us to get the students and staff engaging more in creating their own
open web content and contributing more to collective efforts like
OpenStreetMap, Wikimapia and Wikipedia. I'm also keen to somehow be able to
show what we have added collectively and hopefully show our contributions
blossoming and developing year on year. I'd like us to have a lovely map of
Leeds through time that can be merged with other maps through time in a
virtual world based on reality.

We are keen to work with Ordnance Survey and our Local Authority and local
organisations (especially those developing open data).

Should we be thinking about maintaining our own wiki's be they map based or

I want some comparisons happening with all the data we have available
including comparisons with more open commercial data like Google/Bing/Yahoo
maps and especially from things like Google Map Maker and similar.

Do you have any advice?

Thanks in advance,


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