[OSM-talk] newbie needs hand-holding

Nick Black nickblack1 at gmail.com
Thu Mar 30 10:58:52 BST 2006

Hi Dave,

And hello to the mailing list as this is my first post:)

I'm about to post a review of the Garmin GPS 60 on the Wiki, so keep
posted.  It shuold be up in the next few hours.

The Gecko is cheap, but lacks a some of the functionality of the (slightly)
more expensive Garmin models that have features like mapping, clear
graphical menus, saving numerous waypoints with different icons, saving more
routes with different names.  I also know that the accuracy of the older
Geckos isnt too great, 15m perhaps.

So far as GPS connectivity, the Garmins that I have experience of have all
been really straightforward to set up.  They come with some very basic
software called Map Source, that runs on XP and is pretty easy to use.  You
click an icon and download the tracks, which you can view on a map (usefull
to verify which tracks you are uploading).  From there, you will need to use
GPS Babel to convert files ot the GPX format, used by OSM.

I was using the GPS 60 to collect tracks in a car earlier this week and it
works fine, although it is usefull to get a lock on at least 4 satellites
before getting into the car.

About connectivity to a PowerBook - I'm not sure.

in summary, a handheld unit is fine for collecting data from a car and gives
you the versatility to collect on foot/bike/wahtever.  Connectivity has not
been a problem in my experience.

Good luck!


On 3/30/06, RolyMo <rolymo at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all.
> Having heard the OSM segment on LugRadio, I am very excited about the
> work being done on OSM and would love to help... but I don't know
> ANYTHING about how to get started.
> I have gone through the wiki, the news archive and scanned through the
> headings of the talk list archives, reading threads that appear to be
> down at my level.
> The most appropriate to me was a fairly recent one:
> http://lists.openstreetmap.org/pipermail/talk/2006-March/002585.html
> At present, I am tempted to buy the Geko 201 because its the only one
> with documentation - but I get the impression that there may be better
> options.  (I'm looking to add tracks from within my car.)
> Web research overwhelms me with information about how well GPS can
> give me a map and directions of a proposed route.  Obviously, the OSM
> project requires almost the opposite functionality.
> I'd really appreciate suggestions.  Remember - I don't have the first
> clue at this stage about what hardware I need, how to connect it to my
> Mac laptop or Ubuntu/XP desktops or what software is required to
> upload something useful to OSM.
> Is a handheld appropriate for gathering data in a car?  Is it a better
> solution to add GPS harware to my PowerBook?
> In an email to Steve Coast, I have committed to collect as much
> information as I can for a beginner's page on the wiki.  Any help,
> whether general terms or something specific to my own needs would be
> appreciated.
> Many thanks,
> Dave
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