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Date: Mon, 06 Oct 2008 13:55:03 -0400
From: Ron Guerin
To: NYLUG Announcements
Subject: [nylug-announce] DeLUGE meeting Thursday Oct 9 @ 6:30PM on Open Street Mapping

-------- Original Message --------
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2008 12:49:30 -0400
From: Mark Halegua

The next DeLUGE meeting is this Thursday, Oct. 9, 2008, at 6:30 PM.

The topic is about Open Street Mapping.

We're meeting in room 550 at the New Yorker Hotel on 8th Avenue between
34th and 35th Street, the NYPC offices.

"OpenStreetMap is a project aimed squarely at creating and providing
free geographic data such as street maps to anyone who wants them."

"The project was started because most maps you think of as free actually
have legal or technical restrictions on their use, holding back people
from using them in creative, productive or unexpected ways."

OSM is sometimes thought of as the Wiki-map of everything.

Richard will cover OpenStreetMap in his engaging and enthusiastic style.
You'll learn a bit about the history of OSM, but not so much that you
fall asleep. You'll see the amazing growth of OSM since its founding.
And Richard will display some of the amazing uses of OSM that already
far outstrip any commercial mapping systems.

You should see this presentation if you find maps at all interesting and
if you have ever said to yourself, "I've always wanted a map that
could ... "

He'll cover enough OSM to show you what it is, why you will care, and
how you can get started contributing either code or GIS data to OSM.
You'll see enough of the basics to take the sting out of the learning
curve in a project as far reaching as OSM.

Those of you who can't wait to get started can see the map here:
http://www.openstreetmap.org/

And the wiki with all of the details:
http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/

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