Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Finding Data Sets

2008-02-03 Thread Erik Uzureau
Hi Bruce, thanks for the tip!
Erik

On Jan 23, 2008 8:22 PM,  [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

 Erik

 A place to start may be the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI)
 registry:

 http://registry.gsdi.org/browse.php?order=title



 Bruce Bannerman
 Australia



 [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote on 24/01/2008 08:22:38 AM:



  A friend of mine is building a website and wants to add a map of
  India. He asked me today where he could find some good map data on
  India and I had to reply that I have no clue.
 
  I know that this list is not the appropriate venue for this sort of
  question, but I am hoping that maybe someone on this list would know
  and could point me in the right direction? Cholmes sort of
  unconvincingly suggested [EMAIL PROTECTED] Does anyone else
  have a thought?
 
  Thanks,
  Erik
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[OSGeo-Discuss] Finding Data Sets

2008-01-23 Thread Erik Uzureau
A friend of mine is building a website and wants to add a map of
India. He asked me today where he could find some good map data on
India and I had to reply that I have no clue.

I know that this list is not the appropriate venue for this sort of
question, but I am hoping that maybe someone on this list would know
and could point me in the right direction? Cholmes sort of
unconvincingly suggested [EMAIL PROTECTED] Does anyone else
have a thought?

Thanks,
Erik
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Finding Data Sets

2008-01-23 Thread jo
On Wed, Jan 23, 2008 at 03:22:38PM -0600, Erik Uzureau wrote:
 A friend of mine is building a website and wants to add a map of
 India. He asked me today where he could find some good map data on
 India and I had to reply that I have no clue.

You could try the freemap.in list -
http://lists.freemap.in/mailman/listinfo/freemap - this is more a
source of high-resolution data for particular cities than an
india-wide effort. e.g. http://mumbai.freemap.in/
There's also an OSGeo-India local chapter, and i bet some overlap
between these lists. 

http://mappinghacks.com/2005/08/22/open-geodata-policy-shift-in-india/
is an old blog entry with a bunch of India-policy links, but not data ;P
I'm sure others will have more concrete suggestions.

 and could point me in the right direction? Cholmes sort of
 unconvincingly suggested [EMAIL PROTECTED] Does anyone else
 have a thought?

Well, it's interesting to hear about use cases there. And the
committee has a remit to run a public geodata registry / repository;
so we ideally *should* be able to offer this kind of answer. 

cheers,


jo

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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Finding Data Sets

2008-01-23 Thread jo
On Wed, Jan 23, 2008 at 04:41:53PM -0500, Chris Holmes wrote:
 committee has a remit to run a public geodata registry / repository;
 so we ideally *should* be able to offer this kind of answer. 
 
 Yeah, my thought was that ideally that list would have a bunch of people 
 who are really good at finding GIS data, and when someone asks a 
 question like that if it's not already in the repository they would have 
 good leads on how to hunt it down, and then be able to easily add it to 
 the repository.  But I realize that's not how it's set up now, which was 
 why my answer was unconvincing.

Recently when i run across unusual sets of particularly boundary and
other vector data, I've been noting them down in the CKAN index - 
http:/www.ckan.net/ - at least this provides a way of publically
noting name, url, keywords, that is guaranteed to stay around awhile. 
It has no spatial properties or query but is a place to start. 
http://www.ckan.net/tag/read/geodata

I *have* been working on a CKAN-inspired spatial metadata/search
project for a little while and would love to test out an open source
release on OSGeo's systems but i don't want to talk about it too much yet

Of course there's GeoNetwork, OSGeo's own metadata catalog system, I see
they have a new release candidate due out very soon. It raises the bar
somewhat, offering support for OGC and ISO standards which may be
overkill for simple web mapping use cases. The more the merrier
though, and there are plenty of systems resources to run all this stuff
on, what's missing is peoples' time to setup and contribute to a
repository effort that'll make future questions easier to answer
without repeating ourselves :)

cheers,


jo
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Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] Finding Data Sets

2008-01-23 Thread Bruce . Bannerman
Erik

A place to start may be the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI) 
registry:

http://registry.gsdi.org/browse.php?order=title



Bruce Bannerman
Australia



[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote on 24/01/2008 08:22:38 AM:

 A friend of mine is building a website and wants to add a map of
 India. He asked me today where he could find some good map data on
 India and I had to reply that I have no clue.
 
 I know that this list is not the appropriate venue for this sort of
 question, but I am hoping that maybe someone on this list would know
 and could point me in the right direction? Cholmes sort of
 unconvincingly suggested [EMAIL PROTECTED] Does anyone else
 have a thought?
 
 Thanks,
 Erik
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