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

Mikel Maron mikel_maron at yahoo.com
Fri Apr 29 14:56:34 UTC 2011

Hi Andy

Nice. Just quickly...

--- Curriculum is something I'm very interested in, and others in OpenStreetMap, 
Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, GroundTruth Initiative/Map Kibera are also 
interested in.
--- Crisis Mapping classes in the US (Tufts, John Carroll, Columbia) have 
incorporated OSM. Tufts is using OSM quite a bit in research projects in GIS. 
Probably many others as well. In France, academic connections are being built 
through HOT. UCL has done a great deal of research.
--- Possibly the right time to start thinking about an OSM academic research 
--- There are local awesome OSM folks in Leeds.
--- Wikimapia is closed data, and deriving from Google; proceed with caution.

== Mikel Maron ==
+14152835207 @mikel s:mikelmaron

From: Andy Turner <A.G.D.Turner at leeds.ac.uk>
To: "geo-discuss at lists.okfn.org" <geo-discuss at lists.okfn.org>
Sent: Thu, April 28, 2011 1:15:48 PM
Subject: [geo-discuss] Hello and request for advice w.r.t developing open 
geo-data as part of an undergraduate degree course geography module


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 

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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