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NYC LOCAL: Thursday 9 October 2008 DeLUGE: Open Street Mapping

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Subject: NYC LOCAL: Thursday 9 October 2008 DeLUGE: Open Street Mapping
Date: 9 Oct 2008 12:35:37 -0400

  what="official DeLUGE announcement, via NYLUG Announcements list"

 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:

 And the wiki with all of the details:

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