Maps, Legos, Openness

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.

OpenStreetMap as Infrastructure – The Fifth Elephant, Bangalore, 2014

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.

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Crowdsouricng Data: Strategies, Stories, Tools.

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.

Data and Maps workshop for IT for Change, Bangalore.

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.

The Working with Data Workshop, Chennai.

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.