Deutsch
English
Français
 
 
 

Navigation & Mobility

 

OpenStreetMap

?Data protection - data for everybody

Everybody knows Wikipedia. Everybody is able to and should participate, that is the philosophy of Web 2.0. But why should the knowledge be restricted to the medium text? We capture the earth and create our own maps - that is OpenStreetMap (OSM).

In comparison to other similar services like Google Earth, OpenStreetMap allows to freely use and optionally process data further. The project OpenStreetMap wants to terminate the dependence on commercial data suppliers. Most of the members of OSM-Community collect data with their GPS-unit and put them into OSM. Others digitize maps, provide further data or program parts of the database, of the editors or of the cartographic software. Others again find errors and correct them. Everybody becomes part of the community. To not just collect data as individual, the members meet from time to time for a "Mapping Weekend".

All members can use data as raw data or as online- or offline-maps within the graphics of OpenStreetMap. Using raw data, one can produce his own maps and even sell them. In order to do this, you just need to accept the free license which is similar to GPL (General Public License).

At OSM there do not only participate single persons motivated by different reasons. Authorities like the Bavarian Local Authority for Surveying and Geoinformation are also participating and provide own data in the form of ortho images (rectified aerial images). Yahoo financially supports OSM and uses OpenStreetMap to locate the pictures on Flickr.

If you discover white spots on these maps: go out and join in! Like this, you can be one out of 100,000 within the worldwide OSM-Community.

Climate & environment

What happens where while it is getting warmer? How does our environment change? Where does sea level rise come from? Are the continents drying out? Are the continental plates still sliding on top of each other as they did in the past? - Geomatics engineers measure changes and answer questions.

 
Real estate

Everyone has seen geomatics engineers in the field. Using their instruments they sometimes work at the roadside. Car drivers slow down, thinking of speed control. Children stop by craving for the colorful security jackets. - But what are the engineers really doing there?

 
Technology & industry

How is it possible that we don't miss each other when boring a tunnel from two sides? Why is the shelf at home always crooked but the 300 m high building bolt upright? - Because geomatics engineers take care of it.

 
Navigation & Mobility

In the past, the front passenger said: "There should be a right turn soon." Today, this is not enough anymore. Dead-ends, new roundabouts, nearby points of interest – a modern navigation system seems to know everything. - If it does, this is just due to geomatics…