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I'm Nick Doiron, a civil engineering student from Carnegie Mellon University. I have made online maps for the City of Pittsburgh, One Laptop Per Child, Ushahidi, environmental researchers, and a Mongolian travel company.
Last summer, I taught mapmaking and environmental sensing at Kasiisi School in Uganda ( http://kasiisiproject.org ) using their One Laptop Per Child computers (the little green $100 laptops).
I'm running a P2PU course to support open source technology and the open web.
Online maps are a rapidly growing technology. The unique connection of maps to real world information has given open and crowdsourced maps some advantages over even the best-funded companies.
A Map Making and Programming Class
Course participants will add part of their community to the global OpenStreetMap, learn the basics of creating interactive online maps with OpenLayers, then research and design their final application.
* OpenStreetMap.org, a free and open "Wikipedia of maps," has time and time again proven the usefulness of open data. In early 2010, responders to the Haiti earthquake turned to OpenStreetMap for the most detailed and up-to-date maps.
* Applications of maps, including open source solutions for business, disaster response, open government, and the environment, will be discussed. Participants choose a research topic.
* A final 'interest project', chosen by the participant, will be a web map which displays real-world data and produces an informative, interactive, artistic, and/or persuasive online experience.