FOSS Mapping as Alternative Media: The Case of OpenStreetMap (Part 3)

Meeting at the Crossroads Maps are a form of media that display geographic information and spatial data. They are graphic statements that carry a message about the locations they represent and the authors who made them. Maps empower people with geographic knowledge. In the history of empires, nations, and cities, maps have been used in […]

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FOSS Mapping as Alternative Media: The Case of OpenStreetMap (Part 1)

On January 12 2010, after the catastrophic earthquake (magnitude 7.0 Mw) near Port au Prince that triggered a humanitarian crisis, hundreds of volunteers distributed across the globe worked together to create an updated and complete digital map of Haiti. Using computers, photographic imagery, and the tools from the OpenStreetMap (OSM) project, they were able to […]

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