[Talk-us] CA: Fwd: Mercury News story about mapping

Sarah Manley sarah.m.manley at gmail.com
Thu Jan 7 19:16:52 GMT 2010


It appears he is willing to wait.

But Paul, if you want to organize something before, feel free to post the
meetup group: http://www.meetup.com/Bay-Area-OpenStreetMappers/

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Shawn Britton <smbritton at comcast.net>
Date: Wed, Jan 6, 2010 at 10:21 PM
Subject: Re: Mercury News story about mapping
To: Sarah Manley <sarah.m.manley at gmail.com>


ok, osm-talk-us.
Yes, the more knowledgeable people present the better.
- Shawn


On Jan 6, 2010, at 9:59 PM, Sarah Manley wrote:

can i share your email with talk-us?

On Wed, Jan 6, 2010 at 9:40 PM, Shawn Britton <smbritton at comcast.net> wrote:

> It seems Mike Swift the Mercury News will be at the next mapping party to
> do an article.
> This is a publicity opportunity.
>
> - Shawn
>
>
>
> Begin forwarded message:
>
> *From: *"Swift, Mike" <mswift at mercurynews.com>
> *Date: *January 6, 2010 4:58:39 PM PST
> *To: *"Shawn Britton" <smbritton at comcast.net>
> *Subject: **RE: Mercury News story about mapping*
>
>  Hi Shawn,
> It's Mike Swift at the Mercury News. Sorry, I think I dropped the ball on
> our conversation. I'd like to do the story sometime in the next month, but I
> think it would be much better if I can see first-hand what you guys do. So
> I'm willing to wait until your next big mapping meet-up, even if its in
> February.
>
> Cheers,
>
> Mike Swift
> San Jose Mercury News
> Ph: (408) 271-3648
> Cell: (650) 388-8210
> Email: mswift at mercurynews.com
> Follow me on Twitter at twitter.com/swiftstories
>
>  -----Original Message-----
> *From:* Shawn Britton [mailto:smbritton at comcast.net<smbritton at comcast.net>
> ]
> *Sent:* Thursday, December 24, 2009 10:17 PM
> *To:* Swift, Mike
> *Subject:* Re: Mercury News story about mapping
>
> What kind of time frame are you thinking of?
> Thanks.
>
> - Shawn
>
>  On Dec 21, 2009, at 7:10 PM, Swift, Mike wrote:
>
>  Hi Shawn,
>  That would be great. Even if you knew of one person going out by him or
> herself, who might be willing to have a reporter and a photographer tag
> along, that would work fine for me. Thanks!!
>
>
> Mike Swift
> San Jose Mercury News
> Ph: (408) 271-3648
> Cell: (650) 388-8210
> Email: mswift at mercurynews.com
> Follow me on Twitter at twitter.com/swiftstories
>
> -----Original Message-----
> *From:* Shawn Britton [mailto:smbritton at comcast.net<smbritton at comcast.net>
> ]
> *Sent:* Monday, December 21, 2009 4:50 PM
> *To:* Swift, Mike
> *Subject:* Re: Mercury News story about mapping
>
>
>  Would there by anything sooner than Feb. 20?
>
> Not by me.
>
>  Do people ever go out in smaller groups to do mapping?
>
> Probably, though they don't seem to be announcing using the meetup group.
>
>   http://www.meetup.com/Bay-Area-OpenStreetMappers/
>
> I'll do some asking around and get back to you.
>
> - Shawn
>
>
>
>
>  On Dec 20, 2009, at 9:07 PM, Swift, Mike wrote:
>
>  Hey Shawn,
> Thanks for putting together that great note. Would there by anything sooner
> than Feb. 20? Do people ever go out in smaller groups to do mapping? Thanks!
>
>
> Mike Swift
> San Jose Mercury News
> Ph: (408) 271-3648
> Cell: (650) 388-8210
> Email: mswift at mercurynews.com
> Follow me on Twitter at twitter.com/swiftstories
>
> -----Original Message-----
> *From:* Shawn Britton [mailto:smbritton at comcast.net<smbritton at comcast.net>
> ]
> *Sent:* Thursday, December 10, 2009 7:37 PM
> *To:* Swift, Mike
> *Subject:* Re: Mercury News story about mapping
>
> Mike-
> Thanks for your interest.
> Yes there is another mapping party / hike coming up.
> http://www.lomaprieta.sierraclub.org/calendar.asp?eventid=1403
>
> I don't have this listed with the Bay Area Mappers yet.
> http://www.meetup.com/Bay-Area-OpenStreetMappers/
> I'll get to that this weekend.
>
> Tentatively, how about 7:00 PM Tuesday for a call?  I can handle the event
> and hiking part.  For in depth information about open source mapping, I may
> recommend someone else to talk to, or make it a conference call
> with someone more knowledgeable than I.   But I can do it in a pinch.
>
> - Shawn
>
> here is some background:
>
>  The GIS committee was started about 4 years ago on a suggestion by the
> Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter Executive Committee.
> I got startup information from Dean Wallraff of the Sierra Club Angeles
> chapter.   Our efforts were focused then around use ESRI's ArcGIS mapping
> software.
> http://www.esri.com/
> ESRI provided demo copies of their mapping software product.
> A chapter map (by Steve Sears) and a high  speed rail map (by Darla Sadler)
> were produced.  These can be viewed at
> http://lomaprieta.sierraclub.org/geoinfosys/
>
> We have been working with Ebbetts Pass Forest Watch
> http://www.ebbettspassforestwatch.org/
>
> To produce timber harvesting maps to aid their anti-clear-cutting efforts.
>
> On our website, you will find an example map for EPFW by Paul Pribor.
>
> Recently, some chapter demographic maps were produced for the ExCom,
> however these were done by Alex Steinberger of the Angeles chapter.  The
> local volunteer had
> to drop out.
>
> Now the mapping parties / hikes:
> Another effort is a collaboration with CloudMade
> http://cloudmade.com/
> and Open Street Map
> http://www.openstreetmap.org/
> which presents a wiki open source map of the world.
>
> CloudMade makes mapping tools for the Open Street Map effort.
>
> I have been leading new member hikes for the Guadalupe Regional Group (a
> regional group of the Loma Prieta Chapter), and have made these "mapping
> parties" as well.
> http://www.meetup.com/Bay-Area-OpenStreetMappers/
> CloudMade kindly loans me GPS units that hikers, if they choose to, can use
> to collect way points and tracks, to help improve the mapping of the park
> where we hike.
> We then meet at a coffee shop after the hike to download the data from the
> GPS units to laptop computers then upload it to OpenStreetMap for  editing
> and inclusion in the Wiki map.
> The wiki map is not copyrighted, and is constantly maintained by
> volunteers.  The mapping parties have increased hike attendance as well.
>
>
>
>
>
>
> I'll do the
>  On Dec 9, 2009, at 5:34 PM, Swift, Mike wrote:
>
>  Hi Shawn,
> It's Mike Swift with the Mercury News. Thanks for returning my phone call
> the other about the mapping party you guys had done in Gilroy this past
> weekend. I was hoping to at least get a photographer down there, but our
> photo desk was short staffed that day and it just didn't work out. Are you
> guys planning any other mapping trips in the near future that we might be
> able to tag along on? And would you have a moment to talk on the phone in
> the next few days about the group and about open source mapping in general?
>
> Thanks!
>
> Mike Swift
> San Jose Mercury News
> Ph: (408) 271-3648
> Cell: (650) 388-8210
> Email: mswift at mercurynews.com
> Follow me on Twitter at twitter.com/swiftstories
>
>
>
>
>
>
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