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

James Ewen jewen at shaw.ca
Tue Jul 8 21:55:23 BST 2008


On Tue, Jul 8, 2008 at 12:27 PM, SteveC <steve at asklater.com> wrote:

> 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.

Sure thing... how many people here want to fly in to Fort McMurray, AB
to map it? I wonder how many people are going to be able to do that
for free.

Sorry I don't agree on your statement of "shouldn't cost anything at
all to run". My employer subsidizes most of my OSM mapping, but they
don't know it. Unfortunately I keep going back to the same places over
and over again. I get in a little bit of deviations from the norm when
I can, but it's going to take a long time to be able to map all of
Northern Alberta this way.

On another tangent, if the licensing issues can be settled, we might
soon have a base map provided by the Government of Canada upon which
to build. This is probably our best avenue to pursue. A base map will
get 95% of the roads in the database, and making minor edits and
adding new roads can then become the priority.

James




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