[Talk-us] Announcing the Chattanooga OpenStreetMap Users Group

Randal Hale rjhale at northrivergeographic.com
Mon Jul 11 22:39:50 BST 2011

Hey - I thought you might have been here - toss yourself off lookout 
mountain on a hang glider by chance? Hurricane tweeted that she was 
here. I've been actually talking to outdoor chattanooga about mapping 
bike routes an hour ago. The person there had no idea about OSM - so now 
I might have them helping me map all the bicycle parking and lanes in 
the County....which will help fix the roads....which will help many 
other things.

SotM is currently under debate. I  was coming for FOSS4g but decided I 
might just do SOTM and goof around Colorado. I've got to check my 
calendar. Life is getting quite hectic - which is a nice diversion from 
last year.


Randal Hale, GISP
North River Geographic Systems, Inc.
ESRI Business Partner and Certified Trainer
423.653.3611 rjhale at northrivergeographic.com

On 7/11/2011 5:08 PM, Steve Coast wrote:
> 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?
> Steve
> 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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