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Ainaro Municipality, Timor L'este.

Posted by matthewsheffield on 25 June 2020 in English (English)

Phew, I think I’ve finally finished off the highways and significant residential areas this subdivision of East Timor. It’s really taken some time, partly because I’ve had time away from mapping, and partly because it was a massive job. It would look better with more forests, mountain peaks, rivers and other geographic features marked as much of it is quite high inaccessible land, and that would make it clearer (as always). Still, this is counter mapping for me, missing maps, putting people who aren’t on any map, never mind digital maps onto an open source one that they have even the possibility of adding to or correcting.

Location: Tukarocoiloeo, Huatabuilico, Ainaro, East Timor

Aileu District East Timor

Posted by matthewsheffield on 4 October 2019 in English (English)

I think I’ve mapped all the highways and residential areas in the Aileu district of East Timor. It took about five weeks all told. It’s a neighbouring country, and one that Australia has tried to deliberately fuck over (the Witness K debacle still isn’t settled), so I wanted to improve their maps. There’s a coffee business, Wild Timor Coffee that’s linked to that area, run by Australian for the co-benefit of the Timorese, so that’s another link to the place.

Anyhow, I hope it helps trade, health, tourism, and encourages locals to improve the map themselves now there’s more there to go with….

Location: Fahisoi, Liquidoe, Aileu, East Timor

2000,000 edits and Oecusse

Posted by matthewsheffield on 30 January 2019 in English (English)

I’ve recently passed the two million additions to the map milestone.

In other news, I just finished adding all vehicular highways and residential areas in the East Timorese exclave SAR of Oecusse, which was previously seriously undermapped.

Both pretty satisfying.

Tal Afar

Posted by matthewsheffield on 26 August 2017 in English (English)

I’ve finished mapping Tal Afar in Iraq, which previously had less than half the residential streets marked. The Iraqi army are doing a very quick job of recapturing it from daesh, so hopefully the people can all return and start a new happier period of the city’s long history.

Location: Tal Afar, Tel Afar Central Subdsitrict, Tel Afar District, Nineveh Governorate, 125, Iraq

1000,000 points on the map.

Posted by matthewsheffield on 8 June 2016 in English (English)

I have finished my millionth item on the map, all done by hand, rather than using a bot. There is substantial data added in Melbourne where I live, but far greater numbers in developing and struggling nations like Iraq, Central African Republic and Burkina Faso.

Thanks to Pascal Neis for the data to allow me to have any idea about this!


Posted by matthewsheffield on 2 February 2015 in English (English)

I have just finished tracing the streets of Slêmanî, or Sulaymaniyah, as it’s otherwise known. It’s pretty satisfying to map a large proportion of a major city by yourself; and this is my third.

I like to think of it as part of the missing map project, my own side line of it. From what I’ve read, internet access in Iraq is disproportionately expensive compared to the GDP of country, which would explain why even rapidly growing relatively rich regions haven’t been mapped by the inhabitants.

Countries I’m a citizen of are busy dropping bombs on daesh; I don’t know how I feel about that- in a neo-colonial sense and because of the awful mess that has come from previous efforts. I’d rather help out Kurdistan with something practical, unrelated to military hardware. So there you go people, add all the detail and make it your own.

Location: Nardin 327, Qrga, Bekrejo Subdsitrict, Sulaymaniyah District, Iraqi Kurdistan, 333, Iraq