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In his blog GeoHipster co-authored with Glenn Latham, Atanas Entchev teased out of Andrew Turner how Esri see openness - they support it for sure but from their own business perspective - they are providing countless tools, say, on arcgis.com, github, Java and OpenStreetMap, but it's still for Esri services.
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Google's Ed Parsons quipped: "uploading data is so, yesterday."
But wait! All is not clear sailing to re-post public maps either... Often you can freely access them, but can you add them to your web app?
- The National Scottish Library posts historic Ordnance Survey data in a cool Google map index - at various scales and vintages for search and download - but how can I add them to my AWS?
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- The British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies put a lot of work to geo-rectify, clean up, collate and make available geo-historic data for London - crime, disease, population etc. can be searched, tabulated and mapped beautifully - you can export tables but again, how can I add it to AWS?
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However wonderful these maps are, they isolated too... And while Google and Esri profess faith in an open web - they are joined for example in globalforestwatch.org - #freeandopen means different things to different people. This blog and its companion catalog are dedicated to truly opening up web mapping.
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