[Talk-in] Yet another GPS-mapper-terrorist

Pradeep B V pradeepbv at gmail.com
Mon Feb 8 04:51:06 GMT 2010

One possible solution would be create a OSM mapping manifesto something to
the tune of "everything thats reachable/seen by most people should be
mappable by most people"

And people who go out on mapping carry a copy of this manifesto and also a
letter addressed to "whosoever it may concern" and explain OSM and its
objectives and the  benefits for the larger society with samples of news
paper articles which have talked about OSM and mapping parties.

It will also help if people carry ID cards with them which can establish
their identity easily so that the initial interaction becomes easier
whenever you are questioned as to who your are?

Shall we start a wiki page for this?

- P

On Sun, Feb 7, 2010 at 11:01 PM, Shalabh <shalabh.w at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Sun, Feb 7, 2010 at 10:20 PM, Srikanth Lakshmanan <srik.lak at gmail.com>wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> A bit late, but better late than never.
>> http://news.outlookindia.com/item.aspx?673095 is yet another story of
>> "gps-mapper-terrorist".(Pardon the technology handicapped journos who had
>> put GPRS instead of GPS) Pradeep BV suggested that we must actually have a
>> printout of "who-we-are-what-is-OSM-we-are-mappers-not-terrorists" page
>> whenever we go out for mapping.I think this is very much required given the
>> terror phobia people and security agencies have. Thoughts welcome.
>> The other thing that worries me is the term "prohibited area". The one
>> mentioned in the article is Anushakti Nagar in Bombay which is the
>> residential colony of employees in BARC which is no where close to
>> prohibited area( The actual N-reactor / research centre). Is there a way we
>> can know a place is prohibited or not? The article also says "prohibited
>> areas are blanked out in maps" which to my knowledge never happens with
>> Google etc(I can be damn sure about this). So my question is how does one
>> know what is prohibited area / not.
>> This came as a significant shock to me when my Dad asked about it as i
>> used to map around "Kalpakkam township".(Similar place in Tamil Nadu where
>> my parents live). I havent tried out roaming recently and might not do so
>> though i feel its should be perfectly OK to map the Township.
>> Srikanth,
> Cant agree more with this, I have myself been almost handed over once for
> this. The report seems to mention 'without a proper sanction'. Even for
> residential areas which have boards of 'No Trespassing', what constitues
> sanction?
> Regards,
> Shalabh
>> --
>> Regards
>> Srikanth.L
>> http://j.mp/SrikanthL
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