[Talk-us] Announcing the Chattanooga OpenStreetMap Users Group

Steve Coast steve at asklater.com
Thu Jul 14 02:27:05 BST 2011

On 7/11/2011 2:39 PM, Randal Hale wrote:
> 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.

Cool, well if I can do anything to help lemme know.

> 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.

Hope you make it!

> Randy
> Randal Hale, GISP
> North River Geographic Systems, Inc.
> ESRI Business Partner and Certified Trainer
> http://www.northrivergeographic.com
> 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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