We love GoogleMaps, but one of the problems with it is that you can't really add your own data to it. Sure, you can superimpose your imagery on a GoogleMaps layer, but it won't show unless people use a special URL. That's the reason for the creation of OpenAerialMap.

Pict'Earth's Jeff Johnson explains:

"OAM gives us a place to publish the imagery so that it easily reused. Basically the imagery that Google and MS Aggregate is not truly 'free' in the sense that it cannot be used in any useful sense outside of their programs without an overbearing license. Its kind of like Navteq or Teleatlas data. It may be freely available, but its not really free. So then, the goal of OAM is to provide a place where people like us (doing DIY stuff) can publish our imagery in a central place, but also a place for governments and other organizations that pay for imagery to get help publishing their data into the public space in an open/free way."

O'Reilly's Brady Forrest has great post that explans more here. (He also mentioned that I'm going to be giving a DIYDrones presentation at ETech on March 3-4 in San Diego. More on that later.)

You can see one example of one pass I took of the Alameda Naval Air Station runway that was orthrectified and stitched by Pict'Earth and is now part of the standard OAM map at that lat-lon (our imagery circled in the screen shot above).

(credits: Christopher Schmidt set up OpenAerialMap and the servers are hosted by Telascience, SDSC and bandwidth comes from CalIT)

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Comment by Jeffrey Johnson on November 30, 2007 at 5:39pm
Just wanted to make it clear that we (Pict'Earth) are willing to help anyone from the DIYDrones group to get their UAV imagery processed and published in OAM, just let us know. If you can fly with a logging GPS and a digicam, our Win32 software will get you part of the way and we can help with the rest of the manual bits until we get it truly automatic.

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Comment by Chris Anderson on December 1, 2007 at 12:04pm
And that was our low-rez imagery! (downrezed from 10megapixel to about 2megapixel). When we're not concerned about download speed and storage we can do 1cm resolution.

Comment by Gary Mortimer on December 3, 2007 at 7:46am
Crackerjack I can do both.



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