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SOTM 2009 and what followed

Posted by Ciprian on 29 April 2010 in English (English)

It’ s been a while since I posted anything here, but since I saw that OSI is probably going to sponsor another round of mappers to go to SOTM 2010 in Girona I felt like I need to share my experience from last year.

At first I wasn’t sure how things will be in Amsterdam as I didn’t know anybody except from the mailing lists. But I found some great people that drive forward a great project. I understood that OSM is interesting for a lot of companies, and that we can compare (in some areas at least) with the commercial providers, and we can even be better (see Muky Haklay’s blog). I’ve seen great progress across Europe and North America and some great starts in other areas, and great ways to add data to the project without the need of expensive equipment (yes, I am talking about Walking Papers).

What happened in Romania in the last 9 months? Well, probably not as much as I had hoped but we moved forward: we started with a few micro mapping-parties (Vaslui, Buzau and Ghimbav) and this month we had a huge mapping party in Cluj-Napoca, thanks to the community. We managed to continue the collaboration with Norc, that gave us access to more GPS data and a lot more street-view panoramas and we started to put together some money for OSM advertising (you can see the OSM banner at the Cluj-Napoca mapping party). There are some companies in Romania that are using OSM data and some of them are offering back services (like the transparent WMS service from AlphaTelecom).

Speaking just for myself I finally bought a bike (more on this subject in the next post) and finish mapping my home town (including most of the buildings). I am planning some small mapping parties in the country side with my friends as there is a lot of things to cover there. I also started a project based on OSM data that I believe will be helpful for everybody in Romania that has a car or a motorbike (it’s still in Alpha stage so I wouldn’t say anything else but watch this blog for a future announcement).

Overall I am happy with how things moved in Romania after SOTM 2009 and I hope that one of my Romanian fellow volunteers will be able to attend SOTM 2010 (I already registered for the conference and bought my plane tickets). See you there!

Complete town in Romania

Posted by Ciprian on 6 December 2009 in English (English)

After 2 weeks of work I managed to add all the data I gathered during spring and summer in my home town, Galati. This means that all the roads (including service) are mapped, and also all the blocks of flats are there. Next step is to add addresses to buildings and continue adding POIs using panoramas.

Location: Strada Bucureștii Noi, Galați, Galati, 800350, Romania

New roads in Transilvania

Posted by Ciprian on 5 February 2008 in English (English)

Added a very picturesque road from Medias to Voila and Baile Rodbav (DJ141, DJ105, DJ106)

Location: Strada Floreasca, Agnita, Sibiu, 555100, Romania

Work on DN1

Posted by Ciprian on 5 February 2008 in English (English)

Added part of DN1 from the start of DN7C (Transfagarasan) to Sambata de Jos

Location: Sibiu - Făgăraș Expressway, Sibiu, 507014, Romania

DN24 Birlad - Vaslui - Iasi

Posted by Ciprian on 5 February 2008 in English (English)

Added DN24 Birlad - Vaslui - Iasi using GPS track logs, but it might need some tweaking in some parts.

Location: Iași, Cantemir, Iași, 700259, Romania

Galati feery - Garvan - Macin - Constanta DN22, DN22D

Posted by Ciprian on 5 February 2008 in English (English)

Added the route from Galati ferry to Constanta through Dobrogea (the shortest route to get to the sea side from Galati)

Location: Măcin, Tulcea, 825300, Romania

Braila - Buzau DN2B

Posted by Ciprian on 5 February 2008 in English (English)

Added the national road DN2B from Braila to Buzau. Used mostly the aerial view, so it might need some tweaking.

Location: DN21, Albina, Brăila, 817171, Romania

Galati buidings

Posted by Ciprian on 5 February 2008 in English (English)

I started to add some blocks of flats around one neighborhood in Galati. Also I added some POI around the city.

Location: Strada Nae Leonard, Galați, Galati, 800289, Romania

Remaking of some partes

Posted by Ciprian on 4 December 2007 in English (English)

I realised that I made some small mistakes while tagging some small roads around the blocks of flats. I will try to remake that part

Tiglina 1

Posted by Ciprian on 4 December 2007 in English (English)

This part of the city is not completed. Not much to say

Location: Gamacris, Galați, Galati, Romania


Posted by Ciprian on 27 November 2007 in English (English)

Siderurgistilor neighborhood is finally completed. Will continue with Tiglina 1, and maybe Tiglina 3/M16.

Location: Strada Gheorghe Doja, Galați, Galati, 800484, Romania

Siderurgistilor and not only that

Posted by Ciprian on 22 November 2007 in English (English)

I continued to work on Siderurgistilor neighbourghood, and also on Tiglina 2. Actually I finished up Tiglina 2 first. Next step: Tiglina 1 and the last part of Siderurgistilor.

Location: Strada Constructorilor, Galați, Galati, 800360, Romania

Siderurgistilor neighbourghood

Posted by Ciprian on 19 November 2007 in English (English)

I started to map this neighbourghood, it has the same problems as IC Frimu (lots of small streets), I hope to finish it in the next weekend.

Location: Strada Frunzei, Galați, Galati, 800485, Romania

Finish the IC Frimu neighbourghood

Posted by Ciprian on 19 November 2007 in English (English)

I finished this quite large neighbourghood, because it has a lot of small streets.

Location: Strada Basarabiei, Galați, Galati, 800238, Romania

IC Frimu neighbourhood

Posted by Ciprian on 12 November 2007 in English (English)

Sunday November 11th I walked around the I.C.Frimu neighbourhood and mapped every little street that it's there.

Location: Strada Podul Înalt, Galați, Galati, 800274, Romania

Main roads of Galati

Posted by Ciprian on 12 November 2007 in English (English)

On 8th of November I finished mapping the main roads of Galati.

Location: Galați, Galati, 800015, Romania