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Subject: NYC LOCAL: Thursday 16, Saturday 18, Sunday 19 April 2009, Russ Nelson Talk and OpenStreetMap mapping party
Date: 16 Apr 2009 02:03:24 -0400

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 Date: 13 Apr 2009 16:40:21 -0400
 From: "Russ Nelson" <>
 Subject: Reminder: OpenStreetMap mapping party 4/18 and 4/19

 Hello friends and relations!  Just wanted to remind you of the mapping  
 party coming up this weekend.  Please forward this email to anybody  
 who loves maps, hiking, cycling, community activism, or open source.

 Plans: I'm arriving Wednesday night at 8:30PM, speaking at Courant  
 Institute (Columbia) at 3:30 on Thursday, I'm free on Friday, and of  
 course the mapping parties on Saturday and Sunday until 5 (scheduled  
 to 4 but people are usually having fun and don't want to stop).   If  
 you're coming to the mapping party, great, I'll see you there.   
 Otherwise, if you want to get together, drop me an email or give me a  
 call: 315-323-1241.


 Hi! I'm hosting an OpenStreetMap mapping party April 18th and 19th in
 NYC. Earlier, in February, we were at a Five Guys south of Central
 Park. This time we'll be in DUMBO at ReBar.

 OpenStreetMap is a freely licensed set of geodata which is community-
 maintained similar to Wikipedia. The data comes from people tracing
 aerial photographs, and from people gathering data in the field with
 GPS receivers. We've done a TIGER dataset import, but I expect that
 everyone reading this knows that it needs fixing. And it's BEEN fixed
 many times by proprietary companies. Now we have a chance to fix it
 once and for all in a way that it can't be taken proprietary.

 Several things happen at a mapping party:
 o Introductory presentation on OpenStreetMap
 o I'll show you how to do "armchair mapping" (tracing aerial photos).
 o I have GPS receivers to lend out, so that people can go out and
 gather street name information, and points of interest.
 o and some people just want to socialize and talk about maps.

 All skills will be taught. It's a fun time. The details:

 Russ Nelson - - - Twitter: Russ_OSM -

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Jay Sulzberger <>
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LXNY is New York's Free Computing Organization.

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