I spoke about maps, legos and openness to the wonderful folks at Khosla Labs yesterday. Highlighting the story behind OpenStreetMap, and comparing other commercial entities collecting and locking location data and why this openness is a movement than a project.
I spoke at State of the Map US 2015 about using OpenStreetMap infrastructure for more than OpenStreetMap, highlighting some of the recent projects, usecases and presenting an opportunity for the community.
I spoke at MetaRefresh last week, briefly about how maps work on the web and some of the work we are doing at Mapbox to improve the performance – focusing on mobile web.
I spoke at the premier data conference in the country yesterday, the Fifth Elephant run by HasGeek, about using OpenStreetMap as infrastructure for geographic datasets and applications featuring Moabi – a collaborative mapping platform for monitoring natural resources extraction in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Find the summary of the narration here and a more detailed outline here. The slide deck is below.
I was a facilitator at the Techcamp Bangalore where I introduced several strategies of crowdsourcing data to the broad group of non-profit organisations. My idea was to walk the participants through two stories that I’m personally part of – Akshara Foundation and the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team – by asking four key questions – What data to collect, from whom to collect, how to collect and, how to verify. We had some interesting conversations at the event but most of them were in to learn about more tools. I put together a small slide deck and a repository for collecting tools and reading material.
Few weeks back, I ran a three day workshop for the developers at IT for Change in Bangalore. They have been quite involved in OpenStreetMap by mobilising graduate students in various towns of Karnataka to map public infrastructure. Apart from this spatial data, they have collected demographics about these towns on several aspects. The workshop was intended to give them a complete coverage about geospatial technology, data and representation. The outline and code are available on Github.
Riju, Shashank and I pulled off a three day workshop at the Institute for Financial Research and Management, Chennai during 3-5 August. Francesca was around to support us. The key idea behind the workshop was to introduce ways of collecting, processing and analysing the data. Right after the Fifth Elephant, we got together in Bangalore and laid out the plans. The outline of the workshop was quite clear – From Data to Maps. The outline is here. All slides and related data is here.
We were part of the planning meeting of one of IT for Change’s project – “Making local governance work for women- Exploring new institutional possibilities”. Riju and I spoke about maps, stories and how participatory mapping can be leveraged in social projects. Here’s the presentation and our notes.