Hello, I fwd this to maps-l because I believe mapstory.org
interesting to showing developments on OpenStreetMaps inside Wikipedia.
At Wikimania we talk also about how we can bring history more in the
focus of OSM, so promoting the "start_date" for buildings would be a
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Betreff: creating a MapStory Labs project
Datum: Fri, 27 Jul 2012 18:13:30 -0500
Von: Nitin Gadia <nittyjee(a)gmail.com>
Antwort an: Wikimedia Labs <labs-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
Kopie (CC): Christopher Tucker <christopher.tucker(a)gmail.com>
We recently attended Wikimania in Washington DC, where we met Erik
Möller <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erik_M%C3%B6ller>, who showed us
Wikimedia Labs, telling us it would be a good fit. We're interested in
helping create a Wikimedia Labs project around serving /mapstories/. A
mapstory is a type of map that shows change over time, which is, like
wikipedia or openstreetmap (OSM, www.openstreetmap.org
<http://www.openstreetmap.org>), being developed in an online community
built on the same standards of openness, at /www.mapstory.org/
<http://www.mapstory.org>. We are aware that wikimedia and openstreetmap
(OSM) are collaborating to serve OSM data through wikimedia to be seen
on wikipedia articles, and would love to do the same. MapStory is
inspired by both openstreetmap and wikipedia, and is being built on the
same standards of openness, and intends to be yet another companion in
the open knowledge community, and is to be governed in similar ways by
the MapStory Foundation. At the moment, MapStory is invitation-based, as
it is being developed, but it will be fully open to anyone's registration.
Examples of mapstories include:
*Events: Yellowstone Fire: http://mapstory.org/maps/149
*Trends: Population Growth: http://mapstory.org/maps/162
*General historical change: Africa: http://mapstory.org/maps/153
, NYC subway:
*Large scale mapstories - some mapstories will be enormous, allowing you
to eventually type in a time, and see the way the world was then. So, a
user might type in "1900", and see all the roads, buildings, land use,
and landscape down to very local levels, like you can with OSM now.
The integration of mapstories into wikipedia and other wikimedia
projects would be extremely fruitful. I can imagine that any article
about political entities, events, and statistics can, and probably will,
have a mapstory. I'll reply to this message with some examples in a moment.
What do we need to do in order for us to establish a MapStory labs
project, or add ourselves to an existing one? *Unfortunately, I am not a
developer myself, but we can at least get started while the developers
crank out the core mapstory functionality.
I've cc-ed Christopher Tucker, the founder of MapStory.
Please reply-all if you can :)
Ames, Iowa, USA