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NYC LOCAL: Wednesday 20 May 2009 NYLUG: Russ Nelson on OpenStreetMap and

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Subject: NYC LOCAL: Wednesday 20 May 2009 NYLUG: Russ Nelson on OpenStreetMap and Community Licensed Data
Date: 18 May 2009 12:25:09 -0400

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 Date: Fri, 15 May 2009 09:47:26 -0400 (EDT)
 Subject: [nylug-talk] NYLUG 5/20 Meeting: Russ Nelson on OpenStreetMap and 
Community Licensed Data

 Wednesday, May 20, 2009
 6:30pm-8:00 PM
 590 Madison Ave, 12th Floor
 corner of 57th Street

 ** RSVP Closes at 4:30pm the day of the meeting (sharp!) ***
 Please RSVP for EVERY meeting at this time.
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 Check in with photo ID at the lobby for badge.

                              Russ Nelson
                                - on  -
 Russ is currently pitching Open Data.  The left hand to Open Source's
 right hand, Open Data is an essential part of many programs.  You may
 think "Oh, but my program doesn't use any data".  But what about fonts?
 What about configuration files?  What about any files your program reads
 or writes?

 OpenStreetMap is geodata, a collection of locations (intersections),
 connections between them (roads), and connections between the connections
 (bus routes).  All of these can have arbitrary amounts of metadata stored
 with them, like names, speed limits, purpose of the road, etc.  All of
 this is stored in a PostGres database and available through an API which
 presents a simpler interface than raw SQL queries.

 With all of this data in hand, you can make a map.  But maps aren't new;
 why is OpenStreetMap (OSM) new?  OpenStreetMap is licensed under a
 community reciprocal license, so that people who contribute to it are
 confident that the people who distribute it will reciprocate under the
 same license.  Unlike public domain data like the Census's TIGER data,
 OSM has a custodian who wants your contributions.  Unlike proprietary
 data like Google Maps, or its underlying geodata provided by Navteq
 and/or TeleAtlas, OSM is freely copyable and open to all for editing.

 More Information:
   * OpenStreetMap

   * OpenStreepMap on Wikipedia
   * Year of Edits to OpenStreetMap via Video

   * OpenStreetMap pool on Flickr

   * NYC OpenStreeMap Enthusiasts Meetup Group

   * Russ Nelson's site

 About Russ Nelson:
   Russ Nelson is an early Linux adopter; in fact an early adopter of all
   sorts of technology, including the first non-Compaq iPAQ reflashed to
   run Linux.  He finally gave up on assembly language a few years ago and
   now programs in C and most languages beginning with P.  He almost got a
   PhD from Clarkson University but managed to escape writing a
   dissertation.  He lives in Potsdam, NY with his wife and two
   nearly-adult children, but was born in NYC and raised in Baldwin out in
   Nassau County.

 Meeting Location:
   Please note that this meeting will be held at IBM, 590 Madison Ave,
   12th floor, corner of 57th Street, and not at Google.  This is
   the building with the IBM logo on the front of the building.


   Our friends at Prentice-Hall kindly provide us with review copies
   of various new titles.  One of these could be yours, all you have
   to do is agree to review the book within a reasonable period of

 Swag (Give Away):
   During/after the meeting... unusually terrific Fedora swag will
   be given away.

   After the meeting ... You may wish to join up with other NYLUGgers
   over at TGI Fridays located at 677 Lexington Avenue and 56th
   Street, second floor. Northeast corner.

 Python Workshops:
   We are rounding up a group that wants to learn about Python.
   This would be a great time to attend our workshop, whether you
   are just starting with Python or use it professionally.

   The workshops meet every other Tuesday, at the NY Public Library,
   Hudson Park Branch.  66 Leroy St. NY NY from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
   Next meetings are May 12, followed by May 26.
   See the calendar at:

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