[Talk-gb-westmidlands] Time to put Yardley on the map!
brian at mappa-mercia.org
Fri Nov 4 15:51:32 GMT 2011
The new major development in the highways landscape at Church Road to
accommodate the New Tesco supermarket deserves to be represented on maps of
Yardley to show yourself as an up-to-date community to the world.
Help is at hand - local volunteers from OpenStreetMap took *2-3 days* to
have this major change to Birmingham's cityscape surveyed and displayed on
a globally-recognised online digital map. You also have the base data
available for producing maps in any cartographic style and highlighting any
geospatial data you choose for any community publicity you want. *AND IT'S
FREE* of all royalties. See
And when the Tesco supermarket opens it will be on our map within 2-3 days,
available to the citizens of Yardley and the world-at-large.
It's a great example of what citizen volunteers can achieve
who passionately care about how their neighborhoods are portrayed. Kings
Heath organisations can demonstrate how up to date they are in
the digital world by making use of this resource.
You'll search in vain on the big mapping providers for this change: none of
Googlemaps, Bing, Mapquest, the AA, the Ordnance Survey,or Multimap had
this change on their maps today as I write this email.
TIME TO PUT YARDLEY ON THE MAP: OPENSTREETMAP TAKES DAYS; COMMERCIAL
MAPPING PROVIDERS TAKE MONTHS IF NOT YEARS
Several dozen volunteers, including residents, UK and global visitors have
achieved an incredibly rich and up-to-date map of our city. If we could
collaborate with Birmingham City Council and community organisations in a
structured way, together we could achieve far more and really put
Birmingham on the map! In fact we could lead the world in community-based
digital city-mapping where a City administration, community organisations
and its population work together to produce something faster,cheaper and
better than what's available commercially.
We are favourably identified as a successful "Big Society"project in a research
paper written by the Office of Civil Society in the Cabinet
I look forward to putting even more of Yardley on the map with you
Mappa-mercia Community Co-ordinator
0121 604 1141
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