Recent diary entries
Interesting (?) story: "Picture imperfect: Are these Britain's dullest photos?" http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-32128087 -- they look positively scintilating compared with some of my snaps from mapping :-)
Does anyone know whether http://www.geograph.org.uk/ images can be used for OSM?
Problems mapping the HOLLYWOOD sign: http://gizmodo.com/why-people-keep-trying-to-erase-the-hollywood-sign-from-1658084644
The last unmapped places on Earth (with a namecheck to HOT towards the end): http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20141127-the-last-unmapped-places
A beautiful new routing metric: http://www.gizmag.com/yahoo-labs-emotionally-pleasant-routes/33010/
Interesting article on fictional cartography and trap streets: http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/trap-streets-with-no-names
Hadn't noted this before, but seems to show some useful GPX tracks - I'll try to use it for spotting missing footpaths, etc:
The local area's pretty much mapped near me -- so I was interested when I saw the new project for mozilla https://location.services.mozilla.com/map_world
Just on a couple of walks I've spotted new features that I need to add to OSM -- which shows why it's good to remap.
Now if only there was one application that could do both...
Volunteer army drafted to map every (UK) ancient hill fort -- perhaps they should've asked OSM?
I haven't checked how well OSM does, but here's the link if you want to: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21841801
Locate Banksy and others' artistic achievements -- and using OpenStreetMap data too -- checkout the attribution (bottom right of PDF).
Have added the Bristol Triangular City Walk (http://www.bristolramblers.org.uk/walks/triangular_city.html) to OSM as http://www.openstreetmap.org/?relation=2365565 -- a bit of a marathon editting session and had to repeat it after filling the GPS memory.
There are quite a few arrow stickers about near the city centre, but the website directions help a lot.
A nice fairly quiet ramble through the city taking in some of the less obvious areas but some nice viewpoints -- recommended.
Briliant BBC4 series -- missed the first one -- but the second is available on iPlayer (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00s77pc/Maps_Power_Plunder_and_Possession_Spirit_of_the_Age/).
The last episode is at 20:00 on BBC4 on Thursday March 3.
Looks like there's been a lot of wikipedia:fr based edits from http://www.openstreetmap.org/user/paddiloo/edits -- is this now ok?
[Don't have access to mailing list atm]
Found another article on OSM at http://www.freesoftwaremagazine.com/columns/openstreemaps_free_softwares_answer_google_and_commercially_restricted_geo_data
Spent a glorious Saturday cycling to the Newbury Showground for the Royal County of Berkshire Show.
There's now some better connectivity to the showground via Hermitage -- and I've marked "the paths untrodden". The service roads for the showground have also been marked.
It was interesting that some of the previous OSM road names seemed to be more a vague description, than the actual road name -- luckily I've found the signposted names.
If anyone wants a fun cycle I recommend the lanes near Bucklebury -- some hills but nothing too steep.
Plus, I seem to have foun the countryside equivalent of the "Living Street" -- the "Quiet Lane".
Set off to cycle from north of Basingstoke to Alton on NCN23 -- unfortunately, I ran out of signs (and time) on the outskirts of Medstead -- but hopefully, there's a reasonable start made to tag this extra branch (plus a bit of a cleanup and a few more POIs, etc.).
It was going so well, the sun was shining and I was finally adding in a couple of annoyingly missing residential roads, and mapping a few footpaths, etc.
Then I took a bridleway too far. I'm not sure quite how I should map it "surface = swamp" doesn't really express the 2 foot depth of wellington sucking mud. Unfortunately, about halfway I stopped making forward progress, and gently keeled over sideways into the quagmire. Fingers crossed that the phone and GPS logger have survived their unforeseen dunking. It's the first time I've had to prewash clothes with the garden hose :-)
Finally Basingstoke Town FC are on the map :-)
Added a couple more roads and footpaths -- have been making steady progress in SW Basingstoke over my lunch hours :-)
First time I've been "robustly challenged" while mapping -- apparently I looked suspicious -- which I guess is likely when you're wandering round cul-de-sacs (wearing a baseball cap).
Unfortunately, I had to delete some "experimentation" that seems to have happened near Basingstoke station -- luckily only a few untagged zigzag ways, a spare point or two and a moved point on a footpath -- only spotted it when I switched on MapLint. Similarly, it looks like a nice long road I'd added in Kingsclere has been deleted and re-added in a new "colour" -- unfortunately, the side roads weren't reconnected onto it. I hope I've remedied the situation to everyone's satisfaction, if not -- drop me a mail on here.
Saturday, warmed up for a bout of Christmas shopping by mapping a gap in national cycle route 23 through the centre of Basingstoke -- and then adding (a first draft) of some of Basingstoke's pedestrianised shopping areas.