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OpenStreetMap (OSM) is one of the most promising web platforms for the crowdsourced mapping of the world. Openness, simple editing, advanced documentation and an active community are the main OSM advantages over other web solutions that claim to be global. OSM tags The main OSM advantage is, as for me, its extensibility. Anyone can initiate […]

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This post’s title partially repeats a topic of my speech at a wonderful open GIS user meeting which took place at the Institute of Geography [of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine] at the end of January. But like in any other public speech the most important things were not those said by me, […]

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This post is about cartography, corruption and philosophy. A weird combination, but it does make sense, I promise! Last week a final stage of regional selections to the first Ukrainian incubator 1991 Open Data Incubator took place in Kharkiv. This event gathered various projects, start-ups, that use state-provided open data for the greater good of […]

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Last Saturday, on the 30th of January, a meeting of the open GIS users took place. This meeting brought some surprises to both organizers and participants. Find more details about the event from Oleksandr Golubtsov – our author and one of this meeting initiators. Enjoy it! 120! That’s how many people gathered at Open GIS Users Meeting […]

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Teaching GIS is quite an important part of the general process for nature resource management education. The training curriculum for various specialties now includes learning the basics of professional GIS. But unfortunately Ukrainian universities face an ever relevant problem in GIS education:  lack of funds. Software prices reach up to several thousands USD per user. […]

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Data is becoming more and more accessible nowadays. It’s amazing how the community is working together to provide open data and software to anyone needing it. The original version of this post has been created for Ukrainian readers. You can have a look at it in Ukrainian. It compiles some generic open geodata sources and […]

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