Design for Media Environments: Participatory Mapping & Open Data

There is an open data movement afoot now. The cry for “Raw Data Now!”. It is calling for people all around the world to put their data on the web. Be that Government data, scientific data or community data. What ever it is this data could be used by other people to do tremendous things with, in ways that they never could have imagined.

Here is a short ted talk of Tim Berners-Lee speaking of this open culture of mapping data, ‘mash-able’ mashups of raw data and the results of this. This is what a ‘mashup’ of data could look like:

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Here’s the Video:

OpenStreetMap powers map data on hundreds of web sites, mobile apps and hardware devices. OpenStreetMap (OSM) is a collaborative project to create a free editable map of the world. It has over 1.6 million registered users who can collect data using surveys, GPS devices, aerial photography, and other free sources. Crowdsourced data is available under the Open Database Lecense. OpenStreetMap is used by many organisations such as: Apple, FourSquare, Mapbox, Craigslist as an alternative to Google Maps.

OpenStreetMap Foundation is a non-profit organisation registered in England and it may very well be a good idea to incorporate some of their raw data somehow in our web app Grub. It’s still in the beginning stages, it’s not quite clear yet what direction we want to take. One idea could be that someone could search for a particular type of delicacy, so they search for a country and Grub will pin point restaurants, pubs, cafés, etc around the users area of location. Our app could potentially have a database of profiles for each restaurant, pub and café etc, which the user can click on and view it, like, send message, donate or perhaps “scoff” (share) it.

After creating an account I am now part of the community.

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