OpenAerialMap was a project which aimed to create an open collection of aerial imagery. It was available at http://openaerialmap.org/ between November 2007 and December 2008.
A key aim was to make imagery available as a tile layer (or tile layers) to be used easily within OpenStreetMap editors. Obviously the OpenStreetMap community already has a range of Aerial imagery options available. OpenAerialMap was about bringing together some of the more open licensed datasets. It also hosted some patches of imagery which were available from organisations which didn't want to host it themselves, or where they only hosted in more awkward formats such as a WMS or just geotiff downloads. OpenAerialMap offered a worldwide "canvas" on which various organisations could contribute to a patchwork of imagery.
Two key challenges: Scaling the hosting, and Licensing. The combination of these caused the first iteration of OpenAerialMap to be shut-down.
Re-starting the OpenAerialMap project
HOT are working to relaunch OpenAerialMap and have been award a Humanitarian Innovation Fund grant to do so!
Code collaboration will take place here: https://github.com/hotosm/OpenAerialMap
If you are interested in helping, please feel free to discuss the idea on the "hot" mailing list.
There is also a Google group dedicated to discussing the project: https://groups.google.com/a/hotosm.org/forum/#!forum/openaerialmap
A beta version of the new OpenAerialMap is at http://beta.openaerialmap.org/#/ .
OpenAerialMap Project Reboot Meeting Logs
Reboot Initial Brainstorming Session Jan 22, 2015
Review and Planning Session Jan 29, 2015
Review and Planning Session Feb 05, 2015
Weekly Meeting Feb 12, 2015
Weekly Meeting Feb 19, 2015
Weekly Meeting Feb 26, 2015
Weekly Meeting Mar 05, 2015
Weekly Meeting Mar 19, 2015
Weekly Meeting Apr 09, 2015