Mapping Zirl in 2012

Posted by Fonmou on 1 February 2012 in English (English)

My goal for 2012 is to map my home town, Zirl. Luckily many streets are already done (though the access attributes are often missing), but I want to go one step further and have every house with address and points of interest (shops, doctors, ...) mapped.

I have created a plan for when I want to do what. During the month of February I will use the currently drawn streets and my GPS tracks to align Bing maps and then use that to draw every house. I will just tag them as building=yes and not add street or housenumber tags, since it is hard to tell from aerial view. As you can see, I have already started with this.

In March (as temperature permits) I will begin walking every street. I will correct wrong street paths, add access=* tags and add information about building type and address. I will also use my hiking tours to get a (hopefully) complete view of the hiking trails around Zirl. This will go on until the end of July, only interrupted by some time after the license switch where I will remap nodes that had to be deleted (though that should not be too many). I do not plan on remapping before the switch.

I hope to be done in August, when I will start my second ground survey and will go around and make sure that all data is correct, especially addresses and house shapes.

I hope that I will be done with this before it gets too cold to run around with a GPS (can't use gloves because then I can't take notes), so that I can spend the rest of the year checking the map from my computer.

It will be an interesting year for OSM and Zirl!

Location: Thomasegg, Zirl, Innsbruck-Land, Tyrol, 6170, Austria

Comment from Hendric Stattmann on 2 February 2012 at 15:43

This sounds like an ambitious plan, so I whish you all the best for successfully mapping this town!
I might suggest you to take contact with the Mayor's office, maybe they can help you out with cataster plans and maybe even grant some kind of financial support?

Kind regards,

Comment from Fonmou on 3 February 2012 at 11:37

Thanks for the tips. I luckily already have a GPS so I don't need financial support (which would only turn a fun hobby into a boring job :D) but having access to cataster plans or even just a list of houses would be of great help. I will contact the Mayor's office, though I am not sure if they actually are the copyright holders of that data. One plus point: The town's homepage actually uses OpenStreetMap to show various Points of Interest.

Comment from malenki on 4 February 2012 at 11:43

Maybe instead of using hand scribbled notes you could use fotographs combined with your GPS to collect data?
For some hints, see

BTW: nicely placed town. Looks like a good base for hiking in the mountains around. :)


Comment from Fonmou on 5 February 2012 at 12:24

I am still trying to find a good way to collect data. Geotagging photos (using EXIF time and my GPX trace) did not work well for me because I only know "this picture was taken somewhere near this point", but not which house I photographed and I also couldn't make any other notes like "building=detached" or "building=apartments"). Some houses I photographed were not visible in aerial photography and from the pictures I took alone it was impossible to determine the shape and size.

I hope that using pen&paper will give me better results because I can add a lot more information. I also hope that it will stop all the old women watching me through their kitchen windows like I am some kind of terrorist going around photographing my next target.

And yes, Zirl has some beautiful hiking paths. Part of my motivation to map them is that I will have to go outside to map them. Turns out, OpenStreetMap might even be beneficial for my health ;-)

Comment from malenki on 8 February 2012 at 23:18

At the wiki-page I linked you can read how to combine the pictures with the gpx.

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