OpenStreetMap

Two men went to mow...

Posted by davidearl on 20 November 2008 in English (English)

Cambridge's latest Park & Ride site opened last Saturday. I really needed a map of it (don't ask!) so in major drizzle and on the bleak windswept edge of the fends our intrepid hero went to map essentially a huge car park. Brought the tracks home, and what's this: parts of the car park appearing before his very eyes? Has someone added psychic thought inference to the system? No, someone else (comsomol) had exactly the same idea at pretty much the same time. A few minutes different and we'd have bumped into each other navigating round the car park. Ho hum.

Location: Milton CP (S Cambs), South Cambridgeshire, Cambridgeshire, East of England, England, United Kingdom

Comment from LivingWithDragons on 21 November 2008 at 12:47

Looks like you;ll start racing to map new places as they're built/opened. This could be interesting if there's no public opening.
I came across a building site of some new houses, mappped some open roads and mapped some stubs up to the chain link fencing. I could see the new road layout through the fencing, no houses yet.

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Comment from nm7s9 on 21 November 2008 at 13:03

You think you had it bad !!!!

I got a plane from Australia to LA, then another to Las Vegas. There I hired a Shelby Mustang to drive the 14 passes through the Spagettiball intersection, needed to map this monstrosity properly.

Arriving back in Australia, I load up my tracks only to find that Blars has just mapped this intersection beautifully.

Doesn't matter - driving the Shelby on the wrong side of the road under those conditions was serious fun.

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Comment from comsomol on 22 November 2008 at 07:56

Hopefully this is an indication of how well Openstreetmap can be kept up to date in the future, when areas have been fully mapped. Will people be keeping an eye on their local area, monitoring new developments? It's certainly the case here in Cambridge at any rate!

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Comment from Mark Williamson on 23 November 2008 at 22:51

Well, I think that's a pretty good sign - OSM really is super up-to-date! I didn't realise that car park was open yet - they've completed it fairly quickly, it seems.

Well done to both of you!

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