Over the past week, the response to OpenStreetMap in Gaza has been overwhelmingly supportive. There have been a few exceptional objections, and some common misconceptions, and I want to respond to from my perspective, and perhaps the “OpenStreetMap perspective”. Some of these objections have come from people familiar with operations in Gaza, so I take their perspectives very seriously. Please consider this part of a discussion .. I’m very interested to hear from your perspective.
Brain Off » Misconceptions and Objections to Gaza Mapping: My Response :: Mikel Maron :: Building Digital Technology for Our Planet.
I use Amazon S3 for backup, and find that it’s hard to use because there’s no search function, so I can’t see what I’ve backed up.
So, I extended s3cmd.rb (comes with the WONDERFUL s3cmd.rb rsync clone for Amazon S3) with a search command.
Now I can use s3sync.rb to rsync my files up, then type:
s3sync.rb search bucket_name:path/to/restrict/search search_term
and I get, for example:
you just spent 6.0e-05 cents
The last line is because the price of making a list request in s3 is $0.01 per 1000 requests in the US; so I thought it’d be a good idea to tell people how much they’re spending.
I’ll try to commit this to the main s3sync.net codebase, but for now you can just download it here: s3sync
Nov/Dec 2006 issue of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists p.57:
I’ve been wondering how much of the data transferred by the OpenStreetMap API is actual geometric data as opposed to timestamp and author data. I ran some rough numbers on a typical API response (in JSON, not XML, though these are relative measurements, so it shouldn’t matter too much). The file I examined is here: dr5ru0.json but my count is by number of characters and I did include formatting.