[Server-devel] [XSCE] Anish's major OSM accomplishments: will city search still work?

Adam Holt holt at laptop.org
Tue Oct 20 17:42:21 EDT 2015

On Tue, Oct 20, 2015 at 3:58 PM, Braddock Gaskill <braddock at gmail.com>

> The city search should still work, unless the cities have moved :)
> Joel Steres did most of the geographic search work in IIAB (CC'ed).
> I doubt adding continents and countries would be a big deal.  Joel
> originally was aiming to allow searches of everything right down to
> national parks.

Great: the International Union for Conservation of Nature has a list of
something like 1000 national parks across almost 100 countries.  We can
enlist kids across almost every content to do this right, if the IUCN does
not have lat-long bounding boxes ready.

Priority #1: Joel, can you help us add 5 oceans, 7 major seas and 8+
continents?  (N America, S America, Oceania, Antarctica, Europe, Asia,
Eurasia, Africa; whereas "America" is likely too ambiguous, given some
cultures refer to the combined N America + S America as "continent
America", and our disambiguation GUI might not be ready for such
never-ending squabbles?)

Priority #2: There are currently 206 UN-recognized sovereign states:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_sovereign_states  Similar entities
lacking UN recognition if you have a good lawyer: EU = European Union,
Scotland, Tibet, Navajo Nation, Kurdistan, Islamic State, Republic of
Texas, Red Sox Nation, etc:

Priority #3: Largest deserts, Minor seas, Major lakes and Longest rivers (
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_rivers_by_length).  Even an arbitrary
choice of the ~100 most known such "National Geographic-style" natural
features would be a Tremendous Addition!  Including those underwater like
the Great Barrier Reef if possible,

Priority #4: National parks, states, provinces, cantons, departments.  Time
to get our kid army moving...as there must be THOUSANDS, and I don't think
we can handle this alone :}

PS Nick Doiron can provide lat-long coordinates for almost 1000 OLPC
communities and hackspaces from olpcMAP.net later if nec ;)

> -braddock
> On Tue, Oct 20, 2015 at 12:37 PM, Adam Holt <holt at laptop.org> wrote:
>> Anish has made incredible OpenStreetMap progress building fresh new
>> tiles, with Braddock's help (and hardware) over recent weeks, taking
>> advantage of the 2 years of improvement the world has added to
>> http://openstreetmap.org
>> We have not made the jump to Jerome's new offline map architecture yet (
>> http://jeromegagnonvoyer.wordpress.com) but perhaps that can happen in
>> 2016.
>> Meantime, without pre-empting Anish announcing this in due course, a
>> couple questions on how this might be used in different educational
>> settings:
>>    - Will city searching require generating a new index?
>>    - Or can we use the original (quite fast and quite sufficient!) IIAB
>>    city search in the interim, alongside the new tiles, starting almost
>>    immediately?
>>    - PS if/when we are forced to re-generate the geographic search
>>    index, can 200+ stock countries/continents be included alongside cities
>>    this time?
>> PS those who want to assist the rapidly advancing work please hop on
>> http://webchat.freenode.net and select channel #schoolserver
>> --
>> Unsung Heroes of OLPC, interviewed live @ http://unleashkids.org !
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