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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 12:43 pm    Post subject: The Open Street - Map ! Reply with quote

Well ... I already wrote a piece on " The Open Road " and obviously this has inspired somebody to actually create a map of our roads to freedom ... well, over to Penarth anyway ... no, seriously - I can only get as far as Central Square at the moment because I am limping very badly ... and I don't need a map for that - but !

http://www.openstreetmap.org

Welcome to OpenStreetMap !

OpenStreetMap is a map of the world, created by people like you and free to use under an open license.

http://www.openstreetmap.org/about

OpenStreetMap powers map data on hundreds of web sites, mobile apps, and hardware devices ... OpenStreetMap is built by a community of mappers that contribute and maintain data about roads, trails, cafés, railway stations, and much more, all over the world. ... OpenStreetMap emphasizes local knowledge. Contributors use aerial imagery, GPS devices, and low-tech field maps to verify that OSM is accurate and up to date. ... OpenStreetMap's community is diverse, passionate, and growing every day. Our contributors include enthusiast mappers, GIS professionals, engineers running the OSM servers, humanitarians mapping disaster-affected areas, and many more. To learn more about the community, see the user diaries, community blogs, and the OSM Foundation website. ... OpenStreetMap is open data: you are free to use it for any purpose as long as you credit OpenStreetMap and its contributors. If you alter or build upon the data in certain ways, you may distribute the result only under the same licence. See the Copyright and License page for details. ... This site and many other related services are formally operated by the OpenStreetMap Foundation (OSMF) on behalf of the community. ... Please contact the OSMF if you have licensing, copyright or other legal questions and issues. ... Hosting is supported by the UCL VR Centre, Imperial College London and Bytemark Hosting, and other partners. ...

... it is such a pity that the origins of the concept of " Open " in the " New Republicanism " of H G Wells as propagated by the short-lived inter-war Republican groups " Cosmopolis " and " X " are either not known or not admitted by such groups : on the one hand it is a measure of the success and therefore effectiveness of " The Open Conspiracy " as it approaches its centenary year, but to me it is dismal when the word " Open " is bandied around as buzz word - but not in this case, for this is properly " Open " - but what a pity that this project has been dislocated from the original Republican political theory which underpins the concept of " Open " -

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Open_Conspiracy

http://wiki.osmfoundation.org/wiki/Main_Page

OpenStreetMap is an initiative to create and provide free geographic data, such as street maps, to anyone. The OpenStreetMap Foundation is an international not-for-profit organization supporting, but not controlling, the OpenStreetMap Project. It is dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free geospatial data and to providing geospatial data for anyone to use and share. ...

http://wiki.osmfoundation.org/wiki/Mission_Statement

Mission Statement

The OpenStreetMap Foundation is an international, not-for-profit, democratic organisation with the tasks of supporting the OSM project, running and protecting the OSM database, and making it available to all. The OSMF membership is open to all who want to support the project and participate in the OSMF’s democratic process.

The OpenStreetMap Foundation is there to protect the OSM data to keep it Free and Open.

The OpenStreetMap Foundation represents the OSMF members, and wants to grow the membership.

The Foundation's objectives are : ( this list is not meant to be exhaustive )

To make OSM data available for anyone ( for editing and in whole.)
The data being current.
The data to approach geographic truth ( or “ ground truth ” )
That humans add and curate data.
That the data and responsibility for it belong to all contributors.
To facilitate decision-making in the community where necessary.
To be the ultimate “court” of conflict resolution.

( This Mission Statement was decided at the November 2012 Face-to-Face meeting of the OSMF board, and slightly amended at the 2012-11-27 board meeting.)

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Absolutely worthwhile reading : theirs is a very clearly set out web site ... I guess that I could learn from them myself ...
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 07, 2015 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[ THIS BRITISH BUSINESS OF USING REPUBLICAN IDEAS LIKE " OPEN " BUT NEVER ACKNOWLEDGING THEIR REPUBLICAN ORIGINS ANNOYS ME : ACADEMICS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM ARE ALWAYS SO BLOODY PRISSY ABOUT CORRECTLY CITING THEIR REFERENCES - EXCEPT WHEN THAT REFERENCE INVOLVES THE WORD " REPUBLICAN " AT WHICH POINT THEY EITHER SIMPLY CLAIM THE IDEA AS THEIR OWN ( I.E. STEAL IT ) OR THEY RENAME IT TO LEAVE OUT THE WORD THAT MIGHT DAMAGE THEIR CAREERS OR INSTITUTIONS' FUNDING SHOULD THEY BE IMAGINED TO BE " REPUBLICAN " BY " DEMOCRATS " E.G. THE IN THE EARLY 19c THE APOLOGISTS FOR THE BLOODY MAYHEM BEING SPREAD BY THE POLITICAL SYSTEM CALLED " THE UNITED KINGDOM " WERE CONFRONTED BY REPUBLICANS DEMANDING FOR " THE RULE OF LAW " SO THEY CONCOCTED AN ARGUMENT TO EXPLAIN THAT PARLIAMENT NOT BEING ACCOUNTABLE TO ANYONE WAS OBVIOUSLY " THE RULE OF LAW " - PECULIAR, BUT NOT FUNNY ... LIKEWISE THE UNITED KINGDOM WILL EVENTUALLY HI-JACK THE WORD " OPEN " AND THE APOLOGISTS FOR IT WILL CONCOCT SOME EXPLANATION AS TO HOW WE REALLY ARE LIVING IN " THE OPEN SOCIETY " AND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO MAINTAIN SOCIETY IN THAT " OPEN " STATE BY PROVIDING THE UNITED KINGDOM WITH THE LEGAL RIGHT TO MICROCHIP EVERYBODY AT BIRTH, TO COVERTLY MONITOR THEM AND TO BE CONSTANTLY READY TO DEAL WITH ANYONE WHO MIGHT NOT BE " OPEN " ENOUGH : OF COURSE, IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN EVERYBODY'S PRIVACY ALL OF THIS WILL REQUIRE US TO TRUST THE UNITED KINGDOM TO KEEP THE EXTENSIVE INFORMATION BEING COLLECTED ABOUT US FROM FROM BEING ABUSED AND SO THIS ALREADY SECRETIVE STATE MUST NOW BECOME EVEN MORE SUPERLY-DUPERLY-SECRETIVE : WE MUST NOT BE ALLOWED TO SEE THE FILES THAT THEY HAVE ON US BECAUSE OF COURSE THEY ARE NEVER WRONG AND ANYBODY WHO WISHES TO CORRECT THEM AND POINT OUT THEIR MISTAKES MUST BE SUBVERSIVE, AND SINCE EVERYBODY WITH THEIR HEADS SCREWED ON REALLY DOES WANT TO CHECK WHAT IS BEING SAID ABOUT THEM BY THOSE WHO POTENTIALLY COULD RUIN THEIR LIVES BY MERELY MAKING A SPELLING MISTAKE OR A SIMPLE MISUNDERSTANDING LIKE ... " DAVID B LAWRENCE IDENTIFIES WITH VIOLENCE " INSTEAD OF " DAVID B LAWRENCE IDENTIFIES WITH VIOLETS " .... WELL ANYBODY WANTING TO SEE THEIR FILES IS FOR THE SUPPORTERS OF THE UNITED KINGDOM A TRULY TERRIFYING IDEA - THEREFORE ANYONE LIKE THAT IN THEIR PARANOID MINDS IS OBVIOUSLY POTENTIALLY A TERRORIST - AND THEREFORE - SINCE EVERYONE IS INDEED LIKELY TO WANT TO BE ABLE TO SEE THEIR FILES - EVERYBODY ELSE IN OUR SOCIETY IS BY DEFINITION A TERRORIST : ARE YOU NOT GLAD TO HAVE THE ASSURANCE OF THE PROTECTION OF THE UNITED KINGDOM FROM ALL OF THOSE VICIOUS HOMICIDAL MANIACS WHICH ALWAYS SURROUND YOU ? TAKE MY SISTER FOR EXAMPLE ... AS FAR AWAY FROM ME AS POSSIBLE - NONE OF US CAN AFFORD TO HAVE ANYBODY CLOSE TO US ! ... BUT WE DO HAVE SUBSTITUTES FOR " THE OPEN SOCIETY " WHICH HAVE BEEN GENEROUSLY PROVIDED FOR US BY THE UNITED KINGDOM : CHEAP BOOZE, PORNOGRAPHY, CONTRACEPTION, BBC RADIO 4 ETC ... O.K. BBC RADIO 4 MAY NOT BE SO CHEAP - BUT IT'S CONTENT IS ... ADDICTIVE ... MMM ... mmm ... mmm ... owuwoahoho-ah ... ]

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Subject: Please take this as advertising + READ ABOUT " THE OPEN CONSPIRACY "
Date: Tue, 7 Jul 2015 13:05:57 +0000

Board, Open Street Map Foundation,

Dears Sirs & Madams etc,

I drop you this short email to note that I have pasted material into this thread, I hope that you will take that as advertising.

http://repwblic.informe.com/viewtopic.php?p=2758#2758

I am from time to time collecting examples of the implementation of the " Open " concept because I write as a Republican.

I find it very frustrating that either people do not know that " Open " is a Republican concept, or that they do know and ...

... therefore if any of you have the leisure to read H G Wells' book The Open Conspiracy and other writings about it ...

I think that knowing where the concept of " Open " comes from is useful : its 16c origins were in " The Republic of Letters."

David B. Lawrence
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