Article: The tale of the Chinese citizen who makes pro-China edits to open-source maps of the Line of Actual Control

Geospatial, Open Data

The tale of the Chinese citizen who makes pro-China edits to open-source maps of the Line of Actual Control

OpenStreetMap.org is a project that creates and distributes free geographic data to the world. Major corporations like Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, etc. utilize the services of OpenStreetMap (OSM).

It is a free and editable map of the world built up by volunteer users from around the world. Naturally, the editable nature of the map has led to some users propagating the strategic territorial interests of their own countries in the form of OSM edits, demarcating any disputed or non-disputed territory in favour of their own particular country.

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Article: The mysterious user editing a global open-source map in China’s favor

Geospatial, Open Data

The mysterious user editing a global open-source map in China’s favor

Late last year, Nick Doiron spotted an article in The New York Times, detailing how China had built a village along the contested border with neighboring Bhutan. Doiron is a mapping aficionado and longtime contributor to OpenStreetMap (OSM), an open-source mapping platform that relies on an army of unpaid volunteers, just as Wikipedia does.

Governments, universities, humanitarian groups, and companies like Amazon, Grab, Baidu, and Facebook all use data from OSM, making it an important tool that underpins ride-hailing apps and other technologies used by millions of people.

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Article: Geospatial open data for everyone, from global to local

Geospatial, Open Data

Geospatial open data for everyone, from global to local

Reusable satellite and street maps data will be presented in this talk. Powered by open data and build with open source! Learn about the MapTiler data infrastructure and the high-resolution imagery available for Europe and the US, ready for your next project.

Open geospatial data is the new raw material every GIS expert can build upon. Free vectors and rasters are everywhere, but come in many flavors which often make them challenging to leverage.

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Article: An open source resistance takes shape as tech giants race to map the world

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An open source resistance takes shape as tech giants race to map the world

Chetan Gowda, 27, was speaking to a room full of students in IIIT Hyderabad for a workshop on OpenStreetMap for beginners organised by Swecha, a non-profit organisation to support free software movement last month.

There were close to 40 students in the room. Beginners often ask him: Why use open source maps when there are Google maps?

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