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Joint Meeting today between #opendatastl and #openstreetmapstl in south city St Louis to map Cherokee Street. We met at Nebula Coworking and had an OpenStreetMap editing demo by Brett Lord Castillo. Another group met at Fort Gondo and had a demo on Field Papers. Great fun and mapping was done. We are using the hashtags #editathon #opendatastl #osmstl

Week of June 9-16

Posted by verticalgeo on 10 June 2013 in English (English). Last updated on 14 June 2013.

Updated some geometry and attribute data for Mount Vernon Airport, Mount Vernon, Illinois. Updated the Forest Hills, Nolic Creek, Estates at Lincoln Farm, and Gettysburg neighborhoods in O’Fallon, Illinois. Updated geometry and attribute data of house on my street in O’Fallon, Illinois. Added geometry and attribute data to Central Christian Church in O’Fallon, Illinois. Added attribute data to Chicago Midway International Airport. Updated geometry and attribute data for the University of Illinois-Willard Airport in Champaign, Illinois.

Week of May 27-June 1

Posted by verticalgeo on 28 May 2013 in English (English). Last updated on 29 May 2013.

Added the OTHS Panther Dome, Weber Field, the OTHS Parking Lots, and the OTHS Tennis Complex to O’Fallon Township High School, added Laverna Evans Elementary School, updated attribute data for Hinchliffe Elementary School and geometry and attribute data for Hesse Park in O’Fallon, Illinois.

Added the O’Fallon Shiloh Volunteer Fire Protection District Headquarters Building.

Added Oak Hil Baptist Cemetery and Ogle Cemetery in O’Fallon, Illinois.

Added the Dover Mall in Dover, Delaware.

Week of May 20-26

Posted by verticalgeo on 22 May 2013 in English (English). Last updated on 23 May 2013.

Updated attribute data for Modesto City-County Airport, near Modesto, California. I used to fly in and out of there in the 1990s. Great municipal airport.

Changed attribute data from Pope Air Force Base to Pope Army Airfield on Ft Bragg, North Carolina. The change happened back in 2010 and is now documented on the FAA Airfield Diagram. Also added missing geometry for Pope Army Airfield. Added the locations for Sicily, Normandy, Salerno, and Holland Drop Zones and Sicily, Falcon, and Holland Landing Zones at Ft Bragg, North Carolina. I flew C-130s at Pope AFB from 1983-1989.

Added Sandhills Community College geometry and attributes and Moore County Airport, both near Pinehurst, North Carolina.

Week of May 13-19

Posted by verticalgeo on 13 May 2013 in English (English). Last updated on 16 May 2013.

Updated geometry and attribute updates to Bob Hope Airport, Burbank California. Some people make some elaborate geometry edits to follow the taxilines for aircraft, but when you do this it makes labeling (naming) the geometry very difficult. Happened quite a bit at Bob Hope Airport.Taxilines don’t neccessarily equal taxiways. My wife and I fly out of Bob Hope every time we go home to visit family.

Updated geometry and attribute data for Sacramento Mather Airport, in Rancho Cordova, California. I flew T-43s here in 1983 and again in 1989-1991 when it was Mather Air Force Base. Updated geometry and attribute information for University Airport, near Davis, California.

Updated geometry and attribute data for Reddding Municipal Airport, in Redding, California. It is a wonderfful airport. I used to fly through there a lot in the late 1980s. Updated geometry and attribute data for the Lake Tahoe Airport, near South Lake Tahoe, California.

Added attribute information to Vance Amory International Airport, near Newcastle, Nevis, West Indies.

Week of May 6-12

Posted by verticalgeo on 7 May 2013 in English (English). Last updated on 14 May 2013.

Added geometry and attribute data for Sparta Community Airport-Hunter Field, near Sparta, Illinois. I flew out of here last year. Added Belleville RC Flyers Field, a remote controlled aircraft airfield run by the Belleville RC Flyers. Located between Scott Air Force Base and Belleville, Illinois. I visited there yesterday. Added geometry and attributes for the Julius J. Knobeloch Woods Nature Preserve near Freeburg, Illinois.

Updated geometry and attributes for Rock Springs Estates in O’Fallon, Illinois.

Updated geometry and attribute data for Litchfield Municipal Airport, Litchfield, Illinois.

Week of April 29-May 5

Posted by verticalgeo on 29 April 2013 in English (English). Last updated on 14 May 2013.

Updated the geometry and attributes of St Louis Bi-State Airport in Cahokia Illinois (AirNav). I fly out of here regularly. Cleaned up some geometry errors at the Spirit of St Louis Airport (AirNav) in Chesterfield, Missouri. Changed attributes for Summit Airport (AirNav), near Middletown, Delaware. Used to fly out of Summit and Smyrna when we lived in Delaware from 1991-1995. Added Smyrna Airport, near Smyrna, Delaware. Udated geometry and features at St Louis Regional Airport (AirNav) near Alton, Illinois.

Added Missouri Baptist University facilities, roads, and sports areas. MBU is located in Creve Coeur, Missouri.

Added attributes to Georgetown Airport, near Georgetown, California. Flew to Georgetown numerous times when we were living in the Sacramento area from 1988-1991. Updated attributes at Auburn Municipal Airport, near Auburn, California. Added geometry for Evelyn Sharp Airport, near Ord, Nebraska. Updated attributes for Cram Field, near Burwell, Nebraska.. Added geometry and attributes to Calaveras County Airport, near San Andreas California. Added geometry and attributes to Greenville Airport, near Greenville, Illinois.

Week of April 22-17

Posted by verticalgeo on 23 April 2013 in English (English). Last updated on 25 April 2013.

Updated some geometry at the Placerville and Rancho Murietta Airports in the foothills near my old hometown of Placerville, California. I learned to fly at both of these airports and they are still close to my heart eventhough I now live 2/3 of the way across the us in O’Fallon, Illinois. I do have a couple of questions with regards to airports.

  1. How do you mark PAPI, VASI, VOR, and other Navigational Aids at airports. The wiki says to use aeroway=vasi or aeroway=papi, and I don’t see any tags listed for VORs, TACANs, DMEs, etc. When I tag my edits as aeroway=vasi or aeroway=papi they don’t show up. Is there a better way to tag the edits?

  2. Who decides the geographical limits of an aerodrome?

I guess I’ll ask the question on talk-us

Added the Osan Hotel and the SongTan Bus Terminal in SongTan, South Korea. I lived there in 2000 and 2001 and I spent a lot of time in both locations and have a lot of memories there.

Updated geometries at Mammoth Yosemite Airport near one of the most incredible places on earth, Mammoth Lakes, California.

We had a good meeting at the OpenStreetMap St Louis inaugural event last week at the St Louis Bread Company in Shiloh, Illinois. We had 7 ArcGIS experts from Scott Air Force Base, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and the National GeoSpatial-Intelligence Agency show up who were looking for more information on OpenStreetMap. We discussed the background of OSM, the basics of the slippy map, how to update using Potlatch, what types of mapping activities are a good fit for OSM, and what we want to do with the group in the future. We went over several of the slides Wil Skora used a couple of weeks back at the OSM Cleveland meeting. We would have had at least 2 more mappers show, but we got hit with an afternoon snow and ice storm that kept them away. We will shoot for meeting every quarter on the Third Thursday of the Month. I’m planning on our next meeting being on April 18. I’d like do an outdoor project and meet outside of the cabin in Rock Springs Park in O’Fallon, Illinois and clean up the OpenStreetMap basemap of the park. I will post an event for this a week or so out. Please feel welcome to join us whether or not you were part of our original group

Week of 27 January - 2 February

Posted by verticalgeo on 29 January 2013 in English (English). Last updated on 30 January 2013.

Added the local folklore of the 7 Gates of Hell to the map.. Added in some new roads between O’Fallon and Troy, Illinois. Updated the geometry and attribute data of several [roads] ( in Placerville, California area (my old hometown). The OSM road structure there is so messed up that I don’t know if it will ever look good. I will just keep taking bitesized chunks until it looks right. There must not be any OSM junkies up in Placerville, because I don’t think anyone has looked at the road network since the original import.

Week of 6-12 January

Posted by verticalgeo on 7 January 2013 in English (English). Last updated on 9 January 2013.

Updated several of the local water towers in the St Louis Metro East area. Cleaned up some of the road network at [Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville] ( Cleaned up bad geometry on Oak Hill School Road. Cleaned up road geopmetries and added lakes to [Braeswood Estates] ( Redesigned the geometry of the entire Crystal Blvd area in Eldorado, California from local knowledge, Bing, and Google. Updated the Monitor Rd and Dolomite Rd areas. Updated the geopmetry of the ways and features around Marshall Community Hospital in Placerville, California.

Week of December 30, 2012 - January 5, 2013

Posted by verticalgeo on 3 January 2013 in English (English). Last updated on 4 January 2013.

Cleaned up several roads in [Lakeland Hills Subdivision and Longacre Park] ( in Fairview Heights, Illinois. Also cleaned up roads in [Patriot’s Landing Subdivision] ( on Scott AFB, Illinois. Cleaned up the runways and taxiways at [Scott AFB/MidAmerica Airport, Illinois] (

Week of Dec 23-29, 2012

Posted by verticalgeo on 29 December 2012 in English (English). Last updated on 3 January 2013.

I don’t have a good workflow yet. Seems like I am very disorganized. I start working on updating an area and before you kn ow it I have moved on to another section without completing my original project. Completed about 70 edits this week. Finished updating some of the local roads around [Kaskaskia College] ( [Map] ( near Centralia, Illinois. Also did a substantial number of edits in the local [O’Fallon, Illinois] ( area.