Free and Open Source Software for Geomatics Conference FOSS4G 2010 Barcelona

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Openstreetmaps has had enormous success in showing how geospatial data can be created and maintained using an open source model and open source tools.  SMAP is a collaboration between RMIT University, World Vision and IBM to extend this model and develop additional open source tools for organisations working in developing countries on economic development and disaster relief projects.  

For us extending the model to suit an organisation involves adding the ability to direct someone to gather a specific piece of geospatial data rather than the data collecter deciding what needs to be done. The additional tools we have developed are to support this model and for the collection of data on mobile phones.  All of these tools are open source.  We have conducted trials in Cambodia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi.

The presentation will cover the history of this project, the motivation, the technology, the problems, its current state including an assessment of how it is performing in the field and of course what we are planning on doing next.  There will be a demonstration of some of the tools.


Neil Penman - IBM
Anueja Gopalakrishnan - World Vision
Francois Tsafack - World Vision


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