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Balloon Mapping Mexico City

Posted by lxbarth on 13 August 2012 in Spanish (Español)

Este domingo salimos al Bosque de Chapultepec para volar un globo del excelente Balloon Mapping Kit del Public Laboratory. Encuentra aquí una pequeña historia de fotos de este día. La idea era de sacar fotos aereas, no fue tan exitoso como nos hubiera gustado...

Haz click en las fotos para ver más información.

This Sunday we went to Chapultepec park to fly a balloon (using the excellent [Balloon Mapping Kit of Public Laboratory. See here a pictures of the day. The idea was to create areal imagery, it didn't quite work out that way...

Click on pictures for more info.

Location: Miguel Hidalgo, Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal, México

Taller OSM Mexico DF Agosto 2012

Posted by lxbarth on 9 August 2012 in English (English)

Eric and myself will be leading a MapBox training and OpenStreetMap mapping party in Mexico City tomorrow, Friday (10) and Saturday (11). On both days we will meet at the Telmex Hub in the center of Mexico City. You can find all the details on our blog.

In preparation, I've done some research in areas of Mexico DF we could be focussing on. The weather might not be cooperating, scroll to the bottom to see our plan for if we're stuck with rain.

Ground surveys

Here are a lot of areas in Mexico DF that we could survey with Walking Papers and GPS. I've pulled a bunch of them together based on what I see missing on the DF map, not knowing these areas myself. Let's pick ones that are busy and safe enough. Please add more where you see fit.

We should also figure out whether we can/should get bikes or cars for the survey.

(Click to go to see map on

Around La Raza

Around Camarones station

Area around Casco de Santo Tomás IPN

(Just south of the Camarones area described above)

Around Bandojito

North of Aragón

Peñón de los Baños

West of Iztacalco

Around Juanacatlan

The missing street names are due to the redaction process.

Around San Joaquín

This is just north of Polanco

Inside activities

There's a good chance of rain - if we can't do a ground survey (some rain shouldn't stop us) we have a backup program:

Location: Benito Júarez, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico

Going to Rio - who'd be up for some OpenStreetMap fun?

Posted by lxbarth on 7 June 2012 in English (English)

I'll be in Rio for Rio+20 and launching InfoAmazonia. I'd love to do some OSM work there, I'm thinking walking papers. Please get in touch if you're interested.

Location: Centro, Rio de Janeiro, Região Metropolitana do Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Southeast Region, Brazil

What's the story behind these disconnected streets in Lima?

Posted by lxbarth on 2 May 2012 in English (English)

I'm working with Rub21 right now on improving Lima. We're finding a lot of disconnected streets there. What's the story behind these? I'm seeing that at least some of the remaining streets are by user Telecom IP - I'll be sending him a message. Not sure whether this is license change related, I remember seen these disconnected roads in Lima well before the bots kicked in.

Right now our plan of action is to repair the streets that match nicely with Bing satellite imagery and not touch those that don't. I'd like to eventually repair or remove the ones that appear to be garbage, too.

Location: Bueno Aires, Lurigancho, Lima, Department of Lima, Peru

Quick report on walking papers work in Brasilia

Posted by lxbarth on 24 April 2012 in English (English)

I just posted a quick report on walking papers work in Brasilia on our blog, check it out:

Take aways:

  • Brasilia block system was tricky to figure out...
  • ... and is now tricky to enter. Please join the discussion for a solution

Debriefing with Lima

Location: QSF, Taguatinga, Região Integrada de Desenvolvimento do Distrito Federal e Entorno, Federal District, 72023465, Brazil

Mapping Brasilia on Sunday

Posted by lxbarth on 12 April 2012 in English (English)

If you're in Brasilia, join us on Sunday for some Walking Papers action, here are the details:

Location: Colônia Agrícola Samambaia, Vicente Pires, Região Integrada de Desenvolvimento do Distrito Federal e Entorno, Federal District, Brazil

In Sarajevo from Wednesday through Sunday

Posted by lxbarth on 13 February 2012 in English (English)

I will be in Sarajevo from Wednesday (Feb 15) to Sunday (Feb 19) for POINT conference:

- Thursday 7PM: Geo Data workshop, OSM, TileMill, QGis, etc. - would love to connect with OSM'ers!
- Friday 3.15PM: Talk about Fast and Beautiful Maps made of Open Data

Poke me on Twitter if you're interested in joining in for the workshop or just catching up.

Location: Cicin Han, Soukbunar, Sarajevo, City of Sarajevo, Sarajevo Canton, Entity Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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