I hadn’t been planning a complete armchair-micro-mapping-makeover of Colorado State University, but it was one of those things, it began by surfing the map/data in Colorado ‘hunting’ newbies (just to say hello and invite them to OSM-Colorado - and found myself admiring the good work done by our rival Buffaloes (CU) on mapping the Boulder campus(es); well I decided I’m gonna do you one better…
So, with love (it’s a friendly rivalry – I have Buff family), I think I’ve now put CSU on the map (better). Of course you’re free to have your own opinions, but could this be the ‘best’ mapped campus in the US? You’re also free to leave me comments, I’d gladly view other well mapped campuses; here is the general location of CSU on OSM
Some details in case folks are interested in some of the ‘stranger’ things in my micro-mapping style.
That being said, CSU is where my love for mapping began, so in turn, I spent somewhere around 30-40 hours (who’s counting) editing the Main Campus (and Hughes Stadium) of Colorado State University; I’m proud to be a CSU Ram Alumni!
Comment from Harry Wood on 23 July 2013 at 11:38
Maybe you could look at getting the map used by the university somehow. This map of Cambridge university is the best example of a university doing that: http://map.cam.ac.uk
Trouble is google maps of CSU seems to have a lot of indoor floorplan data, presumably supplied by the university. So I guess we won’t be persuading the university to switch2osm any time soon on their main http://maps.colostate.edu display. We clearly have better data on the gardens and trees of the campus now :-)
Comment from russdeffner on 23 July 2013 at 16:03
I too saw their fairly nice (mainly due to the indoor stuff) campus maps using Google; and agree it may be hard to make the case, but you never know it seems a bit ‘half-ass’ since almost all these buildings are multiple stories and I couldn’t see a quick/easy way to see the other levels (just which ever one was ‘default’, etc.). Maybe that would be better done with OpenLayers or something where they could just ‘overlay’ that data.
Beyond gardens and trees :) I think cross campus travel, parking, and general beauty of the campus is better and with some survey the usability of the map could blow any other away. I will reach out to some folks up there and see what they have to say, and will update here.