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OpenStreetMap: Birmingham digital remapping complete

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| Birmingham has become the first English city to be completely remapped by its 
| own citizens. Maps of the city are freely editable and available at 
| OpenStreetMap (OSM). The OpenStreetMap project, run by the OpenStreetMap 
| Foundation, is an open source project that is building free online maps, not 
| based on any copyright or licensed map data. Birmingham is not the first city 
| to be remapped in this way, but it is the first city in the United Kingdom. 
| Birmingham joins the likes of Paris, Berlin, Canberra and Vienna.      


The 21st ODF Toolkit Scenario

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| Back in 2006 I gave a short in talk at a KDE conference in Dublin on the 
| topic of "A Standard ODF Object Model", essentially laying out my thoughts on 
| why we needed an "ODF Toolkit". As part of that presentation I listed "20 
| Prototypical App Dev Scenarios", my attempt to enumerate all the fundamental 
| patterns of use for ODF. I did a blog post on this list later that year.    



OpenStreetMap contemplates licensing

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| Maps are cool; there's no end of applications which can make good use of
| mapping data. There is plenty of map data around, but it's almost exclusively
| proprietary in nature. That makes this data hard to use with free
| applications; it's also inherently annoying. We, as taxpayers, own those
| streets; why should we have to pay somebody else to know where the streets
| are?
| Your editor likes to grumble about such things; meanwhile, the OpenStreetMap
| project (OSM) is busily doing something about it. OSM has put together a
| database and a set of tools making it easy for anybody to enter location data
| with the intent of producing a free mapping database with global coverage.


OpenStreeMaps: free software's answer to Google and commercially-restricted

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| In a recent article on free software and the Large Hadron Collider I
| mentioned that here in the United Kingdom The Guardian, a national British
| newspaper, had founded a campaign called “free our data”. They objected to
| the fact that the Ordnance Survey (and others), funded by the British
| taxpayer, was charging business and individuals for its cartographic data
| thus effectively making people pay for it twice. Their campaign is great but
| until such times as it succeeds an alternative is needed. A free software
| alternative. Enter OpenStreetMaps.
| [...]
| OpenStreetMaps is a classic instance of scratching an itch and instead of
| bleating about proprietary software going out (literally) and doing something
| yourself. It is always so easy to ask why someone doesn’t do something until
| you realise that you are that someone. Any participation in any free software
| project is demanding of time and often requires a high level of technical and
| programming skills, but the beauty of OSM is that anyone can participate and
| contribute. It’s not everyday that you get the chance to help map the world.
| Mark Twain said “buy land, they’re not making it anymore”. True, but you can
| at least map what’s there.


Marble: 'Googe Earth Lite' Comes Free With KDE 4

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| And, finally, probably the best thing of all the good things about Marble: It
| is Free/Open Source Software, promotes the use of free maps...


Marble integration with KOffice

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| Right now the Marble Team is heavily working towards KDE 4.1 Beta2:
| Jens-Michael is working on further improving Marble OpenStreetMap support,
| Inge is working on the Mercator Projection, Patrick is working on further
| improving KML for his GSoC 2008 project (which actually deals with vector
| rendering in Marble), Claudiu is working on his Satellite Plugin and Henry is
| working on texture colorization and Temperature / Precipitation maps. I'll
| continue to work on GeoPainter and Marble's new plugin architecture which
| will enable other developers to write Qt-Plugins for Marble to render their
| own layers and their own data.


KDE 4.1 Beta1: OpenStreetMap Support in KDE via Marble

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| The hero of the current Marble KDE 4.1 Beta1 release is Jens-Michael
| Hoffmann: He has successfully worked on getting OpenStreetMap integrated into
| Marble and KDE 4.1!
| This means that once you start our free software virtual globe and
| select "OpenStreetMap" as a theme then Marble will directly start to download
| OpenStreetMap tiles from the OpenStreetMap server...



Marble's Secrets Part III: The Earth in a Download

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| In Part III we'll look beyond Marble's offline mode: We'll get to know how
| Marble fetches its data from the internet.
| [...]
| Actually I've met a lot of people recently who weren't aware of the fact that
| Marble downloads further texture data from the internet while browsing the
| map. On one hand the reason for this misconception is maybe the fact that we
| only provide very little additional online data right now (about 400 MB). On
| the other hand the map download is done automatically and very seamlessly in
| the background, so people will hardly notice.


Marble's Secrets Part II - Walking In The Shoes Of Slartibartfast ...

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| In Part I we have seen how easy it is to create your own maps for Marble.
| We've also seen how this works down to the zoom level of aerial photos or
| OpenStreetMap. Part II will show how Marble manages to provide the biggest
| bang for the byte when it comes to providing map data. It outlines how we
| managed to get the default map squeezed into the 10MB package that the
| Marble-Qt version gets shipped with. We basically show ...
| Why Marble is the perfect choice for Asus EeePC, OLPC & Co and some Embedded
| Devices ...


Marble's Secrets Part I: Behind the Scenes of Marble...

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| If you've ever followed KDE 4 development then you've probably heard about
| Marble. Marble is a virtual globe which displays the earth. So Marble can be
| used as a nice digital replacement for your desktop globe at home where you
| can look up places.

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