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Digital maps of the world with OpenStreetMap

July 10, 2010

I have always loved maps for as long as I can remember and so it was a fun exercise to create the map in ZeeMaps for Week 9’s assignment and tie it to this week’s digital story. The article I found talks about OpenStreetMap, a sort of Wikipedia of maps that has 240,000 volunteer cartographers contributing worldwide. Their goal is to create a digital map of every street, alley, park, zoo, you name it, in every village and city on the planet. It sounds like a vast undertaking but these folks are really into it and I admire them for it.
http://articles.latimes.com/2010/jun/09/business/la-fi-digital-maps-20100609

Dave

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 10, 2010 11:50 pm

    Hi Dave,

    Thanks for the article but I thought Google Maps had already done something similar??

  2. July 11, 2010 12:10 am

    I don’t know this for sure but I think Google Maps rely on satellite imagery(?) for their maps, whereas these cartographers are actually physically getting out there to all corners of the world and mapping them by hand, which is an art unto itself.

    Dave

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