Open mapping

In Osnabrück, Germany, a group of people have “developed a free dataset of geographic vector information” for the city using free software. (As their site states, such map information isn’t freely available in Europe, unlike the US.) Apparently the city donated the satellite photos used to create the data. Great stuff, I assume, not that I’m able to read the rest of the site.

Incidentally, the Geowanking mailing list recently had another round of introductions (starting with this post). It was amazing to read about so many enthusiastic mapping-type people and the diverse array of projects and jobs they’re working on.