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

simon at mungewell.org simon at mungewell.org
Wed Jul 9 15:57:01 BST 2008

Hi James and All,
I can understand your frustration, from what I have seen you have
contributed a hell of a lot of data and it's obvious from your comments
that you wish other to help out.

I'm in pretty much the same situation, I'm the only person mapping South
of Calgary/West of Highway 2. This is a lot of area (containing some
beautiful mountains) and at this rate will probably never be complete.

However I am still optimistic for OSM. This data will never disappear, it
can only get more complete.... we will 'win' in the end.

As to getting more involved, have you considered 'press ganging'? ;-)

My local MD (Crowsnest Pass) have some funding to do some signage on local
footpaths/hikes. I am trying to get them interested in the mapping/GPS
maps side of thing as well. If this happens we get a few more people

Also the local ATV/Snowmobile crowd have produced maps in the past. If I
can get a couple of these people interested we will get a whole load of

My target for next summer is to be able to drop a local trails map at the
staging posts for ATV/Snowmobiles, with a map on one side and OSM blub on
the other. Many people travel quite some distance to go off roading, it's
quite possible that they'll get hooked on the idea and go off and map
their own town.... possibly even Fort McMurray.

Just remember, real achievements take time....
(aka. Mungewell)

PS. On the topic of Mapping parties.

Saturday August 23rd - Crowsnest Pass and Area.
Looking to complete the mapping of Blairmore and hopefully fill in some of
Coleman/surrounding areas.

Met at Stone's Throw Cafe from 9.00am

If people want to make a weekend of it, I can provide accomodation in
Blairmore and perhaps we can head down to Waterton (or somewhere) on the

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