Digital Geography

ally! What?

Okay I have to confess: I was invited to the beer friday at ally HQ in Berlin Mitte. I liked what I saw there and I also had a nice chat with Uli whom I met during the geo Berlin Meetup for the first time. So let’s have a look at what ally is about.

WhereCamp Berlin 2014

Over the last three years WhereCamp Berlin became the biggest event of it’s kind in the world. Around 200 people joined the 2013 session and enjoyed the barcamp styled sessions. For this year the organizing team came up with some refreshing innovations. The whole event will last 3 entire days, 13th (Thu.) till the 15th (Sat.) of November. The first event highlight is the opening key-note by Steve Coast, the founder of OpenStreetMap (OSM). The rest of Thursday is dedicated to a conference track with the headline “Navigation and Local Intelligence”. The set of speakers will be announced soon on the official…

Maptime Berlin: what was/what will be

In the middle of September the first Maptime Berlin took place. I was totally amazed to see so many people sitting there, being interested in mapping, opensource, cartography and software. At least 40 people from different places of the world with different background (sociology, coding, styling, etc.) met at the Supermarkt Berlin (an open place to work together) to share their knowledge and learn new stuff. Here just a few photos: What was done at MaptimeBER After a short introduction from everyone Alsino presented what is Maptime all about: bringing people together, share the joy of creating and consuming maps…

short announcement: Berlin geodata downloadable…

I don’t know what’s wrong with the governmental insitutions in Germany/Berlin: They have this law, that all the geodata are somehow under an open license but to me it’s always a little hard to find it. Once you’re on the website you need to visit the site of Geodateninfrastruktur (GDI)->Geodienste to find sources for WFS, WMS or downloadable data: Once you find it, lots of data is waiting for you! you can get historical maps for Berlin, DOM and DEMs (in 2 and 5m ground resolution), soil key figures, ground water tables and other stuff. In the end you can…

georeferencing images in QGIS using OSM data: how to distort the City

You probably already referenced maps with written coordinates but using photos or images is a little different as you need some characteristic points so you can control the position of the image according to the real world. In this little tutorial I’ll show you how to do a so-called image to image refernciation using Open Streetmap data and QGIS 2.0.1 Dufour.