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Agriculture amenities are rarely shown in osm. So you having a tag for soil testing lab was impossible. I just uploaded 2149 points with amenity=laboratory and type=soil_testing. All have addresses and some also have email,phone and postal code.

Biketrip POIs added

Posted by thevikas on 31 October 2010 in English (English).

While returning from Ludhiana, did not take NH1. Coming via Rohtak, Jhajjar gave a new road with missing POIs. Traced many villages, streets, fuel stations and food points.
Also did a new route from Mandi, HP to Dalhausie,HP. There too added new points cause its not a common route.
Then finally some south gurgaon POIs.
All were gathered using GPSMid along with Holux m241 during August 2010.

Location: Tikru, Bhadrotu, Dalhousie, Chamba, Himachal Pradesh, 176306, India

dwarka edits

Posted by thevikas on 6 May 2010 in English (English).

changed the roads in delhi, dwarka are from secondary to territory.
some trails and need to add sectors too.

Location: Sector 12, Dwarka, Dwarka Tehsil, South West Delhi, Delhi, India

Did my first heavy address mapping. Had very few streets. The got WMS plugin to get sat view. Drew as many streets as visible. Already had the information map from the sector. Job started. Have mapped 25% of the sector in about 3 hours. No clue why I "wasted" so much of my sunday evening but was enjoying every bit of it. Specially when mapnik has these days started rendering so quickly. Adjusted the spacing a few times for a few lines. Finally got the job done. Actually since the another 3 quaters still remain, will be spending another few days in completing them too.

Seems like OSM has more new things faster than you can get mapping your neighbourhood. Had mapped most of the streets around where I live and it was beconing either a power=tower or a POI flooding, and then came the JOSM with address tool. fan-tas-tic! Even better is the pic layer plugin. The only problem is sector maps are most often not to scale so overlay does not always help so much. Anyway, piclayer can atleast help in address mapping nevertheless.

Have spend this saturday evening in collecting such sector maps (6 pictures total using a 12mp cam handheld cam) from their enterances. The maps for new sectors are though drawn but are without any actuall streets. So those maps can't be used at all. While other maps are merely just streets without plot numbers so they help in mere mapping the blocks in the sector. From all the maps I have seen till date, only one was digitally map (Nirvana Country). Every map seen is always hand oil-painted. The times when these boards get made are many years before the first house comes up on these sectors. So, they loose their accuracy after about 3 years. All HUDA sectors never change the map for more than a decade and are outdated by more than 10 percent. Have not located errors on them yet. Will take time for OSM users here to use the map and then later find problems.

Location: Sector 46, Gurgaon, Gurugram, Haryana, India

Mcloedgunj Mapped

Posted by thevikas on 29 September 2009 in English (English).

Added lots of POIs and some trails to shiva cafe and water falls.

Location: Bhagsu, Dharmsala, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, 176219, India

With lots of fuel, atms along the way. the way also includes both via roorkie and via state highway (bad one). also added ropeway into masuri and a few hotels/pois.
will upload the entire GPX file for use by others.

Location: Dehradun, Uttarakhand, 248001, India

KolKata Mapping

Posted by thevikas on 12 June 2009 in English (English).

This party includes only me. Accidentally went over Calcutta OSM map today and realized that it is totally missing! Where are the mappers? Really, some cities get totally lost like nobody in that town is a G33K! Anyway, just some standard streets were visible authored mostly by non-locals. So took this as the next mission. Myself not a local from Kolkata, West Bengal, IN. But having lived in Southern Part of that city for 7 years, I think my memory can supply enough POIs. :)

Me using Potlatch for many days now. Anyway, since i don’t have any trails, thats the only way I can map that town sitting a thousand kilometres away. Just mapped my first home beside the Golf Course to start with - The Golf Greens. Then Jodhpur Park where I lived for the second part. Noticed that Google Earth on Ubuntu won’t load this area. Strange, I was at 50 km altitude but still getting hopeless tiles. Anyway, since potlatch runs on Yahoo Ariel Maps, I was kinda lucky. Finally concluded todays session with Gariahat Road and Gol Park. The tile links may not show much if your calender shows June 13. It’ll take a day for renderers to finish painting these tiles. Try changing to T@H and you might just see it faster.

The ride through the virtual world activated lots of memories of my school days. Have not POIed any of my homes or college or school or that cinema hall where I watched my first Hollywood flick - The Jurasic Park. Ah, those days. :) Will keep mapping for next few days till as long I get find it interesting. central areas like Esplanade or Park Street would most definately be mapped I think. Also noticed that India’s First real underground metro railway is totally missing! Shame! I would be able to help there cause I only know the first six stations. So its done for tonight.

Location: Dhakuria, Kolkata, West Bengal, 700068, India

South Gurgaon

Posted by thevikas on 9 June 2009 in English (English).

Most of south Gurgaon, Haryana, IN is complete now. Busy making more POIs or power poles. Need more data. Worked with potlatch for most of new updates. 75% of that area is mapped by me. Great Pride.

Has some coords so tried to setup new delhi railway station including all platforms.

Location: New Delhi Railway Station, Karol Bagh Tehsil, Central Delhi, Delhi, India

NH2 update

Posted by thevikas on 7 May 2009 in English (English).

route has lots of changed via bypasses and fly overs.
i could record only some of the changes since i lost evry POI i recorded on the route. I have uploaded thew full GPX log only and updated some routes based on that log. the route is from Palwal, Haryana to Bakewar, UP

Most ways are made already. Added POIs like post boxes, bus stops, ATMs, traffic signals and pizza corners using MobileTrailExplorer. Also fixed some damages or duplicated roads by converting them to proper one ways and cuts. Seems some people work on south delhi map and cleanup the dirt without verification. This was the third time I located a deleted road.

Location: Bhavishya Nidhi Enclave, Hauz Khas Tehsil, South Delhi, Delhi, 110017, India

I have the entire route from New Delhi to Gulmarg and back. Putting it on osm slowly before its forgetton or lost or i just get bloody lazy.

Location: Tangmarg, Baramulla district, Jammu and Kashmir, 193402, India

Cycling and Getting lost

Posted by thevikas on 7 December 2008 in English (English).

Two new roads mapped:
one of Sector 45,
one of route from dum duma lake to sector 56 without touching sohna road
Lot of data gathered with every single U turn on my regular ways and also power poles. Will try to track few trees as well while at it. YOURS is working baby!

Location: Naya Gaon, Gurugram, Haryana, India


Posted by thevikas on 27 November 2008 in English (English).

Just as I knew it has started, I have the source of gosmore and busy more than ever. Have started to map every single U turns all through the gurgaon roads and south delhi. The first edition of YOURS was of Nov 13. It had severe faults cause due to oneway tags placed wrongly or non connected ways. CP, Delhi is very bad in this matter. So did the job start. Have made some new roads in south gurgaon. also trying to understand the maxspeed tag and reaction of gosmore in that respect. Gave that tag to few ways and checking the difference of fastest and shortest routes.

Location: Sector 62, Gurgaon, Gurugram, Haryana, 122011, India

Chandigarh to Manali

Posted by thevikas on 3 November 2008 in English (English).

Working on the route using my GPX trace.

Location: Sawin, Devidarh, Chachyot, Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, India

Coimbature to Aliayar Dam

Posted by thevikas on 29 October 2008 in English (English).

used MTE fdor waypoints and M241 to log a non-stop trail.

Location: Pollachi, Coimbatore District, Tamil Nadu, India