I've been a busy boy

Posted by geekasylum on 27 September 2012 in English (English)

Updating OSM, Updating the Wiki, and oh yeah... Building a Virtual tile server on Gentoo.

I've spent the last couple of weeks updating the map, mostly around the Chullora Railway Workshops in Sydney. Fixing broken ways, adding a lot more detail, etc. There's more to do, but I'm dividing my time a bit more now.

I've also been doing bit of work on the Wiki, mainly centred around the Gentoo Linux operating system, and setting up my own user space, but also a few corrections and updates here and there.

I spent a bit of time building a virtual tile server on Gentoo, which was inspired by an ubuntu based one that was recently made by Andrew Buck. I've written a HowTo which (for the moment) is still under my wiki user space. I'll be moving it to the main wiki once I've edited it a bit more - look for it under the Gentoo category, once its ready. I hope to use it as the base for a project I'm working on. (More on that later). It uses the latest versions of mapnik and mod_tile, and I have created a Gentoo Overlay (also in my user space) with updated ebuilds for these, which others can use.

I have a keen interest in New South Wales railways, and I've spent more time than I care to admit following the rail lines along the map to see where they go. I've noticed quite a few places where the ways are broken, cross over each other inappropriately, are jagged, or have gaps where segments are missing, so Ive added a to-do list item to fix them in a few places where they need some love. That project I mentioned will rely heavily on these 'ways', so its in my interest to get them fixed, and it improves the accuracy and usefulness of the map.

Re-reading the above, it seems 'all about me' but I guess that what 'my diary' entries are for. It's really intended to point to a few things I've been working on, after all, it's all about contributing things that others can use.

Location: Westmead, Sydney, City of Parramatta Council, New South Wales, 2145, Australia

Comment from dekarl on 27 September 2012 at 08:45

33.812, 150.983 is in the ocean but -33.812, 150.983 is in Sydney :-)

Comment from geekasylum on 28 September 2012 at 07:50

See... Now I know why they have a 'use map' link next to the location boxes :)

Seriously tho, Ive edited the post, and it says -33 in the editor, but its still showing 33 here. Perhaps its cached or something.

Comment from Vincent de Phily on 2 October 2012 at 10:40

Thanks for the work, I've been meaning to move beyond plain mapping for a while and this should be helpfull.

I'm wondering would you consider making your overlay a bit more visible/official by declaring it in the standard layman overlays and/or merging it with the overlay ? Unless your plan is to get everything merged in the portage tree ?


Comment from geekasylum on 2 October 2012 at 11:10

I'd like it to stabalise a bit first, but yes, the plan is to get these ebuilds into at least the openstreetmap overlay which appears to have been created for some josm related ebuilds, and never expanded from that. Ultimately I'd like to see them in portage, and to that end I've submitted a few already. The ebuilds themselves arent quite up to the Gentoo standards, but they work. Hopefully the Gentoo devs will take it from there. I've been re-arranging my web services a bit, so make sure you add www to the front of the overlay URL... that should work.

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