[Talk-ca] SOTM 2008: The State of The (Canada) Map

SteveC steve at asklater.com
Tue Jul 8 19:27:06 BST 2008

I would just run some mapping parties, and remember to go for a drink  
afterward. They're basically proven effective and shouldn't cost  
anything at all to run.


On 8 Jul 2008, at 07:52, Gerald A wrote:

> On Wed, Jul 2, 2008 at 9:58 PM, James Ewen <jewen at shaw.ca> wrote:
> Here's the problem, more people need to step up to the plate and add a
> little more. Many hands make light work. We need to work on spreading
> the word about OSM, and get more people interested in the project and
> working on the map.
> While I agree with this in principal, it's harder to action in  
> practice. While I mention and promote OSM when I can, it would be  
> easier with funding and an organization.  Even something informal,  
> to offset printing costs could be helpful.
> With the large expanse of area that is Canada, the chances of walking
> or cycling all of the roads are minimal. With the ever increasing cost
> of fuel, the chances of driving all roads to gather gps data is
> getting slimmer. More high resolution imagery from Yahoo would allow
> more mapping without having to drive the roads. Getting Google to
> allow use of the imagery found on GoogleEarth would help also.
> While this kind of mapping lays the foundation, without someone to  
> visit the roads and then label the yahoo derived drawn maps, it  
> helps but doesn't really provide useful information.
> I'm not sure we can ever get away from boots on the ground to do  
> effective mapping, in the long run. We might be able to get some  
> foundation data from government to prime the pump (like AND in  
> Europe or Tiger in the US), but our strength is being able to keep  
> up with changes on the ground in a more agile fashion. In a perfect  
> world, we'd get map companies aggregating data with us to save the  
> earth and reduce fuel costs. I have my doubts, but we can hope.
> The long term solution is to build as much as we can, and make it  
> easy for people to add and make use of the maps, and then let people  
> know about it.
> Gerald
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