[OSGeo-Discuss] Open Source Geospatial Atlas

Barry Rowlingson b.rowlingson at lancaster.ac.uk
Sun Jul 29 09:07:18 PDT 2012

Hi all,

 thanks for all the comments in the last 24 hours or so. Here's
comments on them:

> How to deal with the data property and rights, ragrding both printing or spreading on the Web ?

 We'd have to get permission from the authors, but that shouldn't be a
problem. I recently edited a conference proceedings for a hundred or
so authors. Everyone just has to tick a box or email their consent and
state they have permission to give their consent.

> May be such an initiative should accept maps using OpenData or OSM only ?

 This might be over-restrictive. I wouldn't be against seeing "XYZ
data (c) Megacorp Inc - used with permission" on a figure if it has
been created with open-source tools or also contains some open data.

>Also, some companies would be willing to help underwrite production costs in exchange for some small ads on the back pages, if we wanted to go that way.

 Nice idea, but initial production costs are zero with
publish-on-demand - its just the time of the editor.

> Great idea, but a physical book in today's day and age? Perhaps... That said, what about

 Haha! Sadly there are still geography departments who do 'GIS' and
haven't gone all two-point-oh neogeo yet. They still have big glossy
books of maps. Of course if nobody wants a physical copy then we don't
waste money on print runs with print-on-demand. We can probably make a
nice web gallery of low-res versions somewhere too.

> http://www.cartotalk.com/index.php?showforum=14

 That looks like an ideal site to look for contributions. Are you
volunteering to advertise for us on there? :)

 I reckon I'd do the book in LaTeX purely so the typography can match
the cartography. The aforementioned conference proceedings was done by
converting all the submitted Word documents into PDFs, and then
including them in LaTeX so all the other matter (contents, indices
etc) looked better than the papers :)

Okay, next steps - can I start a page on the OSgeo wiki? What do I
need to get an official OSgeo stamp of approval and use the logo?


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