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These days I’ve had the opportunity to visit friends around Quebec and also spend some time with my little family in the many parks in Outremont.
I went to Magog and as always, did a quick check for missing street names - there were a lot in this particular area! That’s now fixed :) It took about 30 minutes in car, I wasn’t driving. I used Walking Papers maps that I had printed in advance. Unfortunately the upload feature does not seem to work there, but I did the manual edit anyways. I also included fir hydrants: http://osm.org/go/cKCbVJhQ
I also started using Potlatch 2 (about time!) to fix a few buildings in Outremont and in particular the Parc St-Viateur paths and outlines which were really lacking detail. I added the Parc John F. Kennedy pool, paths and more detail to that park, I go there a lot and had been meaning to do that forever: http://osm.org/go/cIrNedyTP–
I am hoping to finish all service roads (ruelles) and mini-parks in Outremont this summer, if you live around let me know :)
Bruno Remy, an OpenStreetMap mapper from Quebec City, will be talking tomorrow at La Voix du Libre, a radio show/podcast focusing mostly on free open source software and projects:
Don’t miss it! Keep and eye on the Agenda du Libre for future OSM events.
Bruno wrote on the Talk-CA mailing list about starting a mapping group in Quebec City, which reminded me of the OSM Wiki resources and information about participants. If you are in Quebec province for a few days or live here permanently and would like to start a group or even contribute a bit, check these out:
I've been adding new tracks regularly now, it's getting much easier as time goes on.
I've decided I'll focus on urban features around my office and living place (Mont-Royal and Outremont respectively), kids features - because I have 3 :) (water parks, drinking water, picnic areas, family-friendly hiking) and cycle routes.
With my limited time those are mapping activities I can do during a lunch break, or while going for groceries, or while spending time with the family.
Here are a few tricks that I found by trial and error:
- When mapping a trail you know you'll visit again in your way back, adopt a convention - ie. "all POIs mapped are only at my right". I once mapped all POIs on both sides and couldn't make sense out of it later :)
- Use walking-papers.org to print an area you know you will spend time at. OSM Tracker or other mobile apps for mapping may just not be that convenient for some surveys
- Walking-papers printouts also help explain what you're doing. While surveying a pool one of the security people thought I was taking pictures with my mobile phone!.. I'll spare you the rest.
- Break your GPS traces in small manageable sizes. I once did a huge trace (5 hours hike) and the job to put it on OSM was too much to tackle in one session.
- Add a note at the beginning of your surveys indicating what they are about. I have some traces I completely forgot why I had saved in the first place.
For now I don't rely much on other mappers, I like experimenting a bit before asking for help. So far the Wiki has been very effective to find features I didn't know how to map so I guess I'll need help with more advanced stuff as I progress in my contributions.
I started easy with some missing POI in streets around my home, and noted several "ruelles" should be tagged "highway=living_street" so also fixed a few of those.
I'll most probably be surveying and tracing more in the next few days.