Mapper since: May 20, 2011 | Contributor terms: Accepted over 3 years ago
In the beginning
Through working with the Killyfole and District Development Association (KDDA), we needed a way of displaying local features on a map. In 2011, I discovered OpenStreetMap when looking for an alternative to the more popular mapping solutions (Google, Ordinance Survey). The main goal was to be able to map townlands, but at this time OSM data was limited to major roads and settlements, and even these had many errors.
Initially, I started out recording GPS tracks as I went about my business. Instead of taking the main roads I started exploring country roads and found myself on ones I haven't been on before! With the release of Bing imagery for the area I decided to expand out of Fermanagh into neighbouring counties, but of course County Fermanagh is my home and this area gets the majority of my attention. My edits heat map - http://yosmhm.neis-one.org/?KDDA
Over the years I have had much help from the OSM Ireland community and would like to thank them for all their help. Especially obtaining the GSGS 3906 maps. These maps have been invaluable in mapping townlands and as of August 2014, County Fermanagh has all its townland's mapped. Of course there are probably some errors and these will be fixed as and when my attention is drawn to them.
- Expand the townland coverage into Co Monaghan, Co Tyrone and Co Cavan, all of which border Co. Fermanagh.
- Map the new addresses and road names handed out by the Fermanagh Rural Address Project.
- Map the remaining townlands of the new super-council (Fermanagh and Omagh District Council), hopefully before the new council take over in April 2015
- Promote and aid the creation of local OSM chapter - "OSM Ireland", to become a group with members both North and South, to support, promote and provide technical resources to those people mapping on the island of Ireland.