[OSM-talk] [Talk-GB] Announcement: Second City, Birmingham, and its surrounds completed

SteveC steve at asklater.com
Tue Dec 23 23:03:16 GMT 2008

Seriously, super, awesome cool.

On 23 Dec 2008, at 09:37, Andy Robinson (blackadder-lists) wrote:

> It is with great pleasure, and not just a little excitement, that I  
> can
> announce that the mappers in Birmingham having set the task of  
> completing
> the whole of the city by Christmas have achieved just that.
> "http://www.openstreetmap.org/?lat=52.4708&lon=-1.8972&zoom=12&layers=0B00FT
> F"
> Birmingham and the area inside the major motorways which has been  
> mapped,
> including Solihull and Sutton Coldfield, has a population of  
> approximately
> 1.25 million. The achievement is somewhat similar to that of Hamburg,
> announced a few weeks ago. The major difference is that Birmingham  
> does not
> have any Yahoo! aerial imagery, thus the whole of Birmingham has  
> been mapped
> by GPS and many hours of cycling, walking and driving by the major
> contributors.
> About 100 mappers have been involved in completing the whole work,  
> although
> the vast majority has been contributed by just a handful of OSMers.  
> The list
> of the major contributors can be found on the mappa mercia wiki page.
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Mappa_Mercia
> I'd like to say a specific thank you to Brian Prangle (brianboru) and
> Christoph Böhme (Xoff) who joined me over the last weeks to complete  
> the
> Christmas target, they weren't the only ones, but without their  
> efforts we
> would never have made it!
> As a group (the OSM Midlands User Group (MUG)) we are planning how to
> promote the Birmingham map and will be meeting at our monthly social  
> to
> discuss ideas on January 15th. We have jointly lots of interesting  
> ideas to
> explore, some of which are on the wiki. After the 15th Jan we plan  
> to put
> out a wider media release.
> Of course the mapping work doesn't end here. We still have plenty of  
> POI,
> verification and address data to add in Birmingham plus there is  
> still much
> work to be done in the coming year to complete the "Black Country",  
> Walsall
> and the area to the west of the M5.
> Cheers and Happy Christmas
> Andy (blackadder)
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