[Talk-us] National Park Mapping Party?

Tyler tyler.ritchie at gmail.com
Tue Jun 16 21:43:32 BST 2009

> but it's in an Arc/Info Export format that I haven't figured out how

to import/convert (short of writing a converter myself).

I'm assuming it's in the ESRI .E00 ancient exchange format. You actually
have to go .E00->arc info->shp->osm I'm working on automating a toolchain to
spit out .shp files (because those are the most useful to me) and then
another bulk importing toolchain from shp->osm->api

To get you started though, esri has a program called import71.exe that will
convert e00 to arc info coverages I just run it from within a windows
virtual machine in linux. There is also
http://avce00.maptools.org/avce00/index.html which I will be attempting to
use to automate it.

To get from arc info coverages to shp files you need gdal [1], and proj.4
[2] and I went the python route so you need the python bindings [3] If
you're on windows, Leszek from freegeographytools.com has made a GUI to gdal
[4] which I've only used a few times. I suggest not getting FWTools and
instead setup everything by hand seperately. Then you can use one of the
various python or perl (no ruby scripts?) shp -> osm scripts  (or one of the
java programs).

[1] http://download.osgeo.org/gdal/
[2] http://www.remotesensing.org/proj
[3] http://pypi.python.org/pypi/GDAL/

Anyway, seeing that what mostly exists for the Badlands is from Tiger
> imports, I thought that it'd be fun to have a National Park mapping party.
> I've already used up my vacation time for this summer but if things worked
> out I might be able to make a party next summer.

My take on the problem with Olympic National Park (where there is pretty
data) is to just import all of the park trails (which I found the
National Forest Service has but NPS doesn't) and then as I'm hiking
around and working in the park I'll check
the trails. From a quick look at the Yahoo! aerial photography the park data
appears to be pretty much spot on (barring washouts, avalanches etc) so I'm
not foreseeing any problems with a bulk upload. For areas where the USGS
maps are better (they are notoriously awful here) you can always use the
USGS WMS server to get in preliminary trails. I do definitely like the idea
of a bunch of hikers ambling around our national parks with gps units and
going to town on OSM, though.

The NPS has some GIS data available at...

I've just created a NPS Data Sources page on the wiki [a] with
blatant plagiarism from the US NFS wiki page [b]. You may want to create a
mapping parties section on there. In addition to the NPS Data Store many
universities catalog US Govt. GIS data so checking for 'University of ____
GIS "data store"|clearinghouse badlands trails' in google will often turn up
some data.

[a] http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/US_National_Park_Service_Data

Happy mapping,

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