geomancers Meetup, Discussion, Links, Follow-up

Number of people attending: 8 at various points in time

Topics Discussed:

* Copyright issues related to using Google Maps to geocode locations.
Alternative solutions to this type of behavior, such as openstreetmap
and openlayers. Quality of free map data.
* Museum project. Goals and aspirations for said project.
* Open Guide to Boston. Goals for project.
* Location-based services. Gumspotting. Cell tower based locations. Wifi
based locations.
* Demonstration of really nifty art-exhibit type interactive display from
Craig F., of Emerson College.

Establishment of next meeting time:

Meeting at Muddy Charles, from 5pm-7pm (or whenever), for drinks and
more socializing. This will probably become a regular meeting time,
barring extreme protest from members who are unable to participate.

Administrative: I will be posting a link to this message to the
geomancers-announce list. This message will inform readers that the next
such meeting will be next Friday, from 5pm-7pm, and that all discussion
should head to the discuss list.

Links discussed:
* OpenStreetMap:
OpenStreetMap is a ‘grassroots’ remapping project, using people with
GPSes who go out and trace roads, tagging them, and mosat recently,
working to generate pretty maps from the content.


* Open Guide to Boston:
The Open Guide to Boston is a wiki-based approach to local location
based information storage, using (mostly) free data as a boostrap and
offering integration with Google Maps for displaying and editing of
nodes. Also offers ‘nearby’ searches, and structured metadata
exported as RDF/XML.

* Skyhook/Loki:
Windows-only system (at the moment) — determines location based on
nearby wireless access points

Public domain data from the US Government put to use providing
geocoding services.

* Castle Square Wireless Project:
Castle Square is using the MIT roofnet software to provide wifi to
residents over a SpeakEasy DSL line rebroadcast in a mesh network.

* CMP Presentation:
The Collaborative Mapping Project is an effort to build a device
which allows the MIT museum to take to the streets of MIT and
Cambridge, and explore the history and richness of media of the world
around you.

* Platial:
Using Google Maps to create your own personal atlas.

* Where 2.0:
Where 2.0 O’Reilly conference, Jun 13-14th, San Jose, CA.

* Cell Locative Services:
Visual attempts at mapping cell phone towers to locations based on
latitude and longitude collected via a bluetooth GPS.

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