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Falls Church to Arlington, VA, along Lee Highway

Posted by sejohnson on 3 March 2013 in English (English)

I've been digitizing a lot of building footprints and parking lots in the last week or so, in preparation for an upcoming mapping party in Falls Church, VA. User OpenBrian has advocated this technique as a means for making the editing/tagging phase of the mapping party more productive. The theory (I think) is that it simplifies the process of transfering field notes onto some pre-existing geometric shape. I'm beginning to see that it maximizes the effectiveness of arm-chair mapping as well, since even the most familiar of landscapes have easily-overlooked details that require a site visit.

So, to test this out I've added a considerable amount of detail to commercial and institutional buildings along Lee Highway starting in Falls Church and proceeding east into Arlington. I typically add the building footprint, adjacent parking lots and parking aisles. Later I'll add business/institutional names, addresses, and other useful information as time permits, typically one or two at a time.

Location: Highland Park, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, 22205, United States of America

Comment from OpenBrian on 6 March 2013 at 17:37

That's the idea. I find that so much time is wasted at mapping parties dealing with geometry. And that's a steep learning curve for newcomers. The fun part of mapping is capturing names, numbers, and types of buildings. Also point features like statues are easy to capture.

I formed this opinion after trying to split one building in Hyattsville into n stores. It's hard to do that an preserve the geometry. It's hard!

Also I feel users are more invited to update a map of unidentified areas than an empty map of roads.

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