[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 at yahoo.com
Fri Apr 29 14:56:34 UTC 2011
Nice. Just quickly...
--- Curriculum is something I'm very interested in, and others in OpenStreetMap,
Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, GroundTruth Initiative/Map Kibera are also
--- 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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