The development and popularization of the Global Positioning System (GPS), satellite navigation, and digital mapping, are transforming the way in which we imagine, encounter, and experience the city. Before we used to navigate with the aid of physical landmarks, paper maps and face-to-face advise from other citizens. Nowadays we can navigate with the help [...]
The possibility of recording movements in space is something that has attracted me since I was a kid. I loved to draw maps of my journeys and document the path that I followed when exploring a mountain or a park. Those drawings were useful not only to complement stories and illustrate anecdotes, but also to [...]
In our way from Berlin to Prague the GPS signal was lost. Strangely we entered a sort of unknown zone where we the Garmin e-Trex GPS devise couldn’t connect to more than two satellites and as a consequence couldn’t calculate the exact location. I wonder why central Europe seems to be a zone for [...]
OSM in Action.
During the six years of history, the OSM project has been able to grow thanks to the volunteer work of an active community of amateur mappers and developers. Although this community is geographically dispersed around the world, it has organized itself in several localized projects. In the OSM wiki it is [...]
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 [...]