[talk-ph] Mapping experience

maning sambale emmanuel.sambale at gmail.com
Mon Jan 11 07:20:01 GMT 2010


Thanks for sharing your experience.  I agree the PH pages needs more
work as it's not too friendly to newbies.
Murlwe did some potlatch cheatsheet for the davao mapping wokrshop:

Maybe we can use that as a reference.

On Sat, Jan 9, 2010 at 5:37 PM,  <riber101-osm at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> I just finished mapping Valley View, Cainta - a smal sub division with some
> 34 roads.
> The tracking went very smoothly using the following modus operandi:
>   - Prepare equipment:
>       - Garmin Nuvi 800 set to Off Road and Trip Log Show
>       - Camera with GPS tagging
>   - Drive around all 34 roads
>   - Stop at all intersections and take photo of street signs
> It was amazing to see the track being drawn on the Garmin screen as I drove
> the streets. Just like using a pen on a piece of paper, except in this case
> the car was the pen!!
> When I got home I used Merkaartor to edit the tracks and name the streets:
>   - Import current.gpx track log from the Garmin and drawn up the streets
>   - Transfer the geotagged photos to a folder and used HoudahGeo to read the
> location and display it on a map (Merkaartor Mac does not yet support import
> of photos/Potlatch photo import is experimental)
> Merkaartor uploaded most of my changes but ignored a few so I had review the
> result in the browser and repeat some of the work so the editing took longer
> than the actual tracking.
> All in all a very rewarding experience using my car as a pen and recording
> all facts without need for pen or paper. That was definitely the fun part.
> Editing the maps takes a lot of work and require attention to detail and the
> lack of information regarding naming standards, recommended tags and
> undocumented software makes it a challenge to do good mapping.
> I believe we could really benefit from a clear and concise description of
> basic tagging.
> What's done here is a good
> start http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/WikiProject_Philippines/Mapping_conventions
> If only we could update that so all information needed for basic mapping on
> the Philippines was in one place.
> Then we could refer to:
>   The PH POI info is also
> needed http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/PH:Map_Features
>   And finally the bible http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Map_Features
> However the learning curve is quite steep if you have to read the bible
> before beginning mapping.
> A one page info intended for people using Potlatch would allow a lot of
> people to get down to mapping without further ado and ensure they all use
> the same guidelines for tagging.
> Happy mapping
> Sehested
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