Mapping Swadlincote (Derbyshire) only by strolls

Posted by Alexandru Lipan on 12 November 2017 in English (English)

Swadlincote is an unparished city of 36.000 people, formed practically at the same time by: 1. wards of Swadlincote and Church Gresley, Newhall, Castle Gresley and Woodville; 2. unparished Swadlincote and parishes of Castle Gresley, Newhall and Woodville.

Swadlincote is not a big area, I've counted no more than 6 sq miles and it's possible to cover form end to end with a maximum of one and a half hour of calmly walking.

Mapping building using the countour of only aerial images is a thing, but when is coming to see e v e r y t h i n g of a city, no better way than strolling, a street at the time, and only being sure that at that street, you see everything. Beacuse to have infomation you have to gather information.

If you see Swad, for now only in certain points of Church Gresley, you can see a calm blooming of buildings, houses, with numbers and even names of the houses.

Location: Church Gresley, South Derbyshire, Derbyshire, East Midlands, England, DE11 9NY, United Kingdom

Comment from SomeoneElse on 12 November 2017 at 20:34

Yay! That bit of south Derbyshire has been a bit neglected over the years. It's great to have someone updating it regularly.

For info, there is a pub meetup in Derby on the 21st - see (it's in Nottingham 3 times out of 4 but in Derby 1 time out of 4). - SomeoneElse (Andy)

Comment from Rovastar on 12 November 2017 at 22:51

Yep Swad is one black spot in the local area. Many years I tidied up the road alignment and added many missing ones but nearly all that was from imagery.

Excellent that you are updating the area.

Comment from SK53 on 12 November 2017 at 22:52

Indeed it's great to see someone mapping in this area. Little correction we go to Derby 1 time out of 3 (every quarter).

The villages S of Swad (Coton-in-the-Elms etc) are a potential target for a footpath mapping meeting just after Christmas (more soon).

Comment from Sam Wilson on 14 November 2017 at 03:55

What method do you use to collect map data when out strolling?

Comment from Alexandru Lipan on 14 November 2017 at 09:19

@Sam Wilson: With a pen, notebook, memory and pacience. Most of the information of a shop I can gather simply by watching labels at shop entrance. Thats why, often, Swad is mapped one street at the time. One example is Church Gresley Infant School, not even present in Bing Imagery: I mapped it seeing the building by myself.

@SomeoneElse If I can free me up, I will do a journey up there.

Comment from dcp on 17 November 2017 at 15:46

@Sam Wilson:

My favorite Data Collection tool in the field is the Garmin Virb Elite action camera.

Each picture has the coordinates stored in the EXIF extension, which can be edited either by an external editor ( e.g. EXIF Pilot) or internally in JOSM with the ​photo_geotagging plug-in.

All visible attributes are therefore available for editing on the screen where they should be!

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