FOSS4G Barcelona 2010 – Day 2 – OpenLayers Workshop and Plenary

Es bueno!  So this morning I rode my trusty BikeFriday up to the University and sat in the OpenLayers session.  I love this technology.  It really is the ultimate mash-up client.  You can have map in your browser with  Google Maps, Yahoo, Bing, OpenStreetMap, ESRI, GeoRSS and of course MapGuide are real-time.  Sweet!

During the Plenary, I really liked Schuyler Erle’s talk on Crowdsourcing and how 600 disparate people around the world pooled their skills to contribute to a more detailed map and information after the earthquake in Haiti.  This was done with OpenStreetMap and became the de-factor map for emergency and aid agencies on the ground.  Wow.

He mentioned that this was due to people using Satellite imagery donated from various sources (i.e. Google, GeoEye, etc)  to get the latest images, so people could vectorize them.  These images are not forthcoming with Pakistan due to a lack of data sharing agreements with NGOs.  Wow.

There are a lot of opportunities for geospatial people to use their power for good!

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