[clug] Open Source Maps
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Wed Oct 8 03:24:37 GMT 2008
FYI some Garmin routable Maps from OSM data available here
ie if you have a Garmin GPS (mapping) you should be able to install these.
On 8/10/2008 1:00 PM, Andrew Loughhead wrote:
> Owen wrote:
>> A couple of years ago I attended a CLUG talk at which the presenter had
>> roamed the bike paths of Canberra with a GPS and fed the data
>> into an open source mapping facility which I thought was located in the
>> UK. It aggregated multiple inputs to come up with an accurate mapping
>> of routes.
> That may have been me, I think I spoke to CLUG in about October or
> November 06. Personally, I am not contributing currently, but there are
> at least 3 or 4 very active Canberra mappers, and I think the current
> state of the map in Canberra is really good.
>> Google gave me http://www.openstreetmap.org/ and I wonder if the
>> presenter at the time is still around and can confirm that URL for me.
>> (its a bit lacking in detail for Gunghalin)
> Thats the URL for OpenstreetMap. If you would like to contribute to OSM
> you just need to register on the website. You can then collect GPS data,
> convert it to GPX format with gpsbabel, and upload to OSM. OSM also has
> available slightly out of date aerial photography courtesy of Yahoo.
> Between the imagery and GPS data you then essentially just do heads up
> digitising to create data representing streets and other things of
> interest. There is a very flexible and freeform attribute tagging
> mechanism in OSM, but a set of conventional attributes must be used to
> get your data to render on the web map.
> The editing, ie the heads up digitising and attribute tagging, can be
> done in several ways. Chiefly, there is Potlatch, a flash based editor
> accessed on the OSM website, and JOSM, a Java based editor which you run
> locally. JOSM works fine on Linux. Potlatch runs fine too, but I
> believe still requires the Macromedia flash plugin, rather than the open
> source one.
> There is an Australian OSM mailing list too with modest levels of
> activity, certainly its a good source of help.
> Finally, I believe it is possible to (painfully) convert OSM data to be
> useable by some Garmin GPS units now. I don't know if that includes the
> models that can do turn by turn navigation.
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