Archive for December, 2007

OnEarth Daily Planet

OnEarth has launched a milestone data set. Now provided is a near real time global satellite view of MODIS. We are getting very near the point where anyone can freely monitor what’s happening on our planet, right now.

A new dataset built for this server, available from Dec 1st 2007 as a beta test. This mosaic is continuosly updated with images from MODIS TERRA, which has almost global daily coverage. This layer is the most current, near-global image of the earth available. The resolution is 250m per pixel in the middle of the swath, less on the edges. Visit the MODIS Website for more information.

As with all OnEarth layers, a worldKit view is provided, along with parameters to use the imagery in your own worldKit apps.

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OpenStreetMap Brighton is Launched

Thanks everyone who attended and sent good wishes for the launch of OpenStreetMap Brighton.

It was a minor feat to pull it all together and I learned loads. We had a good attendance, not massive, but quality. The Mayor led a toast and seemingly quite interested in pursuing OSM within the council; the Sussex Fire Chief attended and expressed great interest; the North Laine Traders Association; and a good showing of Brighton’s geeks and “regular” folks; and a cameraman from ITV Meridian, though I haven’t spotted any segment on air yet.

Chris Corbin, my partner in mapping Brighton, gave a storming talk on the state of government and geodata, and heartily recommended OSM. You can see his slides: OpenStreetMap Brighton – Chris Corbin. And my slides: OpenStreetMap Brighton 1.0 part 1 and OpenStreetMap Brighton 1.0 part 2.

This was a first for OSM. I really recommend other local OSM groups hold community events when they map is ready .. it’s a great way to get the word out.

I’m still trying to locate some photos of the night .. let me know if you took any.

Want to help improve this map?

We also printed the first finished OpenStreetMap map. We have many posters for distribution .. let me know if you’d like one. Particularly want to get these out and around Brighton.

The posters are sponsored by the generous local companies Mobbu and FuturePlatforms. Gemini Press did a very fine and quick print job. And many thanks to Richard Fairhurst for a great design.


On the same day, another first. The Deckchair Guide, a local guide to Brighton written entirely by local people, published by QueenSpark uses OpenStreetMap. This, I believe, is the first use of OSM in a print publication. Buy a bunch, nice Christmas presents.


We also hosted the public premiere of Locomatrix, a platform for GPS gaming, developed by Richard Vahrman and FuturePlatforms. Think of it as Playstation for the outside.

Also thanks to the very helpful Butlers Wine Cellar with bubbly and wines for the evening — wish we could have drunk more! And thanks to Malin for helping out with the serving. Finally everyone at the Brighthelm Centre for hosting, and Matt Weston Brighton Digital Festival for kicking the whole thing off.

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