[Talk-us] Announcing the Chattanooga OpenStreetMap Users Group

Steve Coast steve at asklater.com
Mon Jul 11 22:08:54 BST 2011

Sounds awesome Randal. Was just in Chattanooga the other week.

I will do a post about leaflets in a minute that might be of use to you.

You coming to SotM?


On 7/9/2011 7:11 AM, Randal Hale wrote:
> So I tried to come up with a more interesting 
> name...Chattamappers...ChooChoo Cartographers.....Pork Chop and the 
> Def MapMakingIdiots......and my favorite: The Barry Manilow Experience.
> I ended up just going with the idea and gave up on the name.
> Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/123483951073256?ap=1
> Wiki:http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Chattanooga
> Business Page: http://www.northrivergeographic.com/open-street-map
>     So anyway - I started fooling around with OSM a couple of years 
> ago through a weird turn of events. I've been hacking away at the map 
> - Actually myself and another mapper T-9 (Tim) have been making a lot 
> of edits. I've had a local High school helping.....which has been good 
> and bad. Kids have gotten interested in Mapping..Kids make a lot of 
> mistakes. I'm cleaning up the kid's mistakes now. Other people have 
> been cleaning up my mistakes....it's all one giant learning 
> experience. I've helped with the OSM edits in Georgia....not enough I 
> must add. I was learning when all that started.
>     I've got a pile of college students here in town that want to 
> learn about GIS, so we're going to cover a little bit of everything 
> (OSM, ArcGIS, QGIS, Data, etc, etc) . I've hooked up with Outdoor 
> Chattanooga and hope to spread some of the OSM love with the outdoor 
> community. I almost feel like we're a GIS users group instead of 
> OSM...but hey it all ties in together.
>     One Goal is to reel in the county's GIS department at some point. 
> My life as a consultant makes that a bit of a hard sell (Tennessee has 
> some backwards ideas about data and data sharing IMHO). Plus we never 
> really hit it off - so I'm hoping I can get a different voice to carry 
> the same message.
>      I'm also trying to connect with these guys - 
> http://www.chattanooga3d.com/ .  I think this initiative died a few 
> months back. They did get some press out of this - I'll try to get 
> some more.
>     So anyway - announcements will be made. Food will be eaten. Beer 
> will be drunken....drinked....and the map will get better in this area.
> Talk to you guys later,
> Randy

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