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

Gerald A geraldablists at gmail.com
Wed Jul 9 01:44:46 BST 2008

On Tue, Jul 8, 2008 at 6:07 PM, James Ewen <jewen at shaw.ca> wrote:

> to be a zero cost event. Can you show me how to find users in a
> specific area? I know that I can find users located near me on my home
> page. Is there a way to query for users located near a specific
> location? I'd be willing to bet that I am probably in the top ten
> closest members to Fort McMurray.

I'd suggest that you hit the linux user groups in Alberta. Then hit the
Universities, and try to find people that like cartography and maps.
My suggestion about printing was to help with flyers and getting the word
out, so like minded people could congregate.

>> a base map provided by the Government of Canada

There are people working on securing this right now. However, the Government
would have to have the rights to such a map, and would also have to be
willing to release this map under terms palatable to OSM so we could include
it in the map. While it would be great to get something like this, I
wouldn't even blink an eye in my current mapping to consider it --  while
this will fill in gaps, things we have mapped will be more current and will
probably be more accurate.

There's simply not enough user density to be
> able to effectively map Canada any other way within my lifetime.

I don't think this is true.
When I first stopped by OSM, it was a great concept. But, there was no
slippy map, there was no Potlatch editor, and most important, there was no
mapping done anywhere near me.
When I happened by a number of months later, Potlatch was there, along with
a slippy map. This made the project simple to edit and simple to use. And,
more importantly, there were a few bits around where I lived. Not everything
was there, but some streets that I recognized were there. And, some things
were wrong. and much was still missing.
And that motivated me to help. And, I dare say, it motivated quite a few
other people to be involved.

It really does lend weight to the saying "a lot of hands make light work of
any task". Once we have enough people helping, I think even lobbying a
government or two would become child's play.

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