[OSM-talk] newbie needs hand-holding

Andy Robinson Andy_J_Robinson at blueyonder.co.uk
Thu Mar 30 11:02:41 BST 2006

I think the actual gps received depends a lot on personal choice. However a
few comments:

1. A cheap handheld gps receiver, without mapping facilities, is fine if you
gust want to log where you have been.
2. A more expensive handheld gps receiver with mapping is good for both
logging tracks and navigating around when on foot and on a bike but less
useful in the car due to the lack of good navigation software (compared
generally with the competition) and generally has a small screen.
3. An in-car gps navigation system is good in the car for navigation but may
not log tracks and is not a huge amount of use outside the car.
4. A gps enabled (built in) PDA is great for multi use including navigation
and logging in the car and can be used for other functions, such as playing
music while travelling and making notes as you go, but its not as ideal for
a rugged outdoor environment. It's also not a particularly good item to
mount on a bike (I stick mine in my back pocket).
5. A gps receiver (wireless or wired) coupled to a mobile device (phone or
pda) or a laptop, offers more flexibility but probably requires more
technical patience in getting it to do what you want.

I have some comments on my user page on the use of a Garmin Legend vis an
Acer PDA. http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/index.php/User:Blackadder

Hope this is of some use.

Andy Robinson
Andy_J_Robinson at blueyonder.co.uk 

>-----Original Message-----
>From: talk-bounces at openstreetmap.org [mailto:talk-
>bounces at openstreetmap.org] On Behalf Of RolyMo
>Sent: 30 March 2006 10:40
>To: talk at openstreetmap.org
>Subject: [OSM-talk] newbie needs hand-holding
>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:
>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
>Many thanks,
>talk mailing list
>talk at openstreetmap.org

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