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Paddington Mapping Party

Posted by Harry Wood on 1 October 2009 in English (English)

At the London mapping party last night we had a pretty big turn out for the pub, but not so many people out mapping beforehand. By 7:30 it was completely dark, so that might have had something to do with it.

Jon Burgess was along. We also had Brian who was telling us about his plans to do mapping in Nigeria.

I think the Monkey Puzzle goes on the list of good pubs for having an OSM meet-up. Spacious and quiet, and best of all it has a great big out-of-copyright map of London on the wall!

I mapped a bunch of shops along Edgeware Road as planned (slice 7), but I was showing a new guy, Michael, the mapping process, and so I also took him off-cake in search of some variety (Photoing a whole row of shops is not the most interesting kind of mapping) As it happened we stumbled upon some important missing details including a missing street name, a one-way, and two missing pubs. Missing pubs! (still to be uploaded)

It's satisfying to find these pockets of missing map, but frustrating that we have no effective way of figuring out where they are, particularly when trying to pick where the next mapping party should be. I made a quick map of where we've had mapping parties, which shows we've done a pretty good job of heading to different central London areas. The next one will be the last evening mapping party of the season. It'll have to be central again because there's so little daylight in the evenings. Still pondering the options.

Location: Paddington, Westminster, London, Greater London, England, W2 6QS, United Kingdom

Comment from RogerStenning on 1 October 2009 at 14:17

here's a mad thought, harry - weekend day/evening meetings? For example, in the Winter, have the Party on a Saturday, scheduled for before it gets dark, them migrate to the pub once it gets dark :) Sorted ;) Added benefit: You increase the number of available participants - not everyone can make weekday evenings, weekends can often be much more handy for folks ;) Just an idea, anyhow :)

Roger

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Comment from RogerStenning on 1 October 2009 at 14:22

Oh yeah - nice photos, too :)

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