Open source mapping tools present an opportunity to engage GIS students in critical learning in ways that blackbox tools do not. In this presentation I will discuss the experience of converting a traditional, collegiate “Introduction to GIS” course to exclusively open source tools and data including QGIS and OpenStreetMap.
Education and Research
A common challenge with niche research, notably in the realm of bicycle and pedestrian travel, is that research results can be very difficult to evaluate and reproduce outside of the context in which the research was originally conducted. In addition, academic research always favors “novel” and “unique” approaches, rather than carefully testing out work in new contexts and incrementally building toward a complete well-developed analytic solution.
The Geoparser is an open source tool that can process information from any file, extract geographic coordinates, and visualize locations on a map. After the information is parsed and points are plotted on the map, users are able to filter their results by density, or by searching a keyword and applying a "facet" to the parsed information. On the map, users can click on location points to reveal more information about the location and how it is related to their search.
MapStory.org is a free and open source "open educational resource" that empowers students of all ages to better understand how the world evolves over time and place. It has been built gradually over the past few years with help from many stakeholders in the Foss4g community and is now ready for use in classrooms across the country, and the world.
TeachOSM is an emerging resource for educators and instructors to help them integrate OpenStreetMap in their classroom and lessons. This presentation will show how TeachOSM is helping teachers use OpenStreetMap to teach basic geographic concepts and in the process, train the next generation of mappers.
The presentation will also highlight things such as TeachOSM programming initiatives and activities, Geobadges, new service-based learning opportunities for those who contribute to open mapping projects such as MapGive, MissingMaps, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team.
Drones have recently moved from the battlefields to our backyards. Their use is exploding across the U.S. and the rest of the world. Engineers, photographers, journalists, surveyors, researchers and… Amazon, all speak with one voice: drones are here to stay. How does the open source software handle this attack? Can they win the battle with the proprietary solutions for geoprocessing the data from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles? We faced the problem designing innovative graduate level course “Spatiotemporal Analysis with UAV and LiDAR Data” at NC State.