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Cycling the free map

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A talk about OpenStreetMap.org, to Durham University Bicycle Users Group (DBUG) during Bike Week 2009. These slides where used in conjunction with demonstrations/websites on a second projector.
Gregory Marler of livingwithdragons.com

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Cycling the free map

  1. 1. Bike Week – Cycling the free map Gregory Marler 15 th June 2009 Cycling the free map Gregory Marler explains why he and 100,000 other OpenStreetMap volunteers are making a free map of the world, and why a bicycle is the best form of transport while surveying. One result is a map that is great for cyclists and can be viewed online, printed, or on a handlebar-mounted GPS. Where else would you be able to find your nearest post box, cycle track, bicycle parking, and even fast/direct/scenic bicycle routing? These slides (and website URLs) will be available at: www.LivingWithDragons.com
  2. 2. Bike Week – Cycling the free map Gregory Marler 15 th June 2009 Do we need a free map? <ul><li>Google isn't free </li></ul><ul><li>Same with Ordnance Survey </li></ul><ul><li>Can use the data </li></ul><ul><li>OpenStreetMap.org is copyrighted, but free. </li></ul><ul><li>Created by people 'on the ground' </li></ul><ul><li>125,809 registered contributors </li></ul>
  3. 3. Bike Week – Cycling the free map Gregory Marler 15 th June 2009 How do they make the map? <ul><li>Use a GPS to record location every few seconds </li></ul><ul><li>Write notes of where you go, what you see </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Road types (motorway to track)‏ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Road names </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Postboxes, public phones, pubs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Can photograph these things </li></ul><ul><li>http://wiki.openstreetmap.org will help you. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>click Beginner's Guide </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Add all that data you collected </li></ul>
  4. 4. Bike Week – Cycling the free map Gregory Marler 15 th June 2009 Cycle to make the map? <ul><li>Cycling is easier and faster than walking </li></ul><ul><li>Cyclists can stop suddenly to note signs and POIs </li></ul><ul><li>So cycling is the choice of most mappers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Some use drive with a bike in the car </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Still lots of people walk </li></ul><ul><li>Others rollerblade or kayak! </li></ul>
  5. 5. Bike Week – Cycling the free map Gregory Marler 15 th June 2009 Adding the data - JOSM <ul><li>http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Josm </li></ul><ul><li>Java editor – works on Windows, Mac & Linux </li></ul><ul><li>Download the program, and can edit offline </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to understand what's happening </li></ul>
  6. 6. Bike Week – Cycling the free map Gregory Marler 15 th June 2009 Adding the data - Potlatch <ul><li>http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Potlatch </li></ul><ul><li>Requires flash player </li></ul><ul><li>The “ Edit ” tab on OpenStreetMap.org – must be online </li></ul><ul><li>Favoured by beginners and the non-technical minded </li></ul><ul><li>Ask others about helpful key presses </li></ul>
  7. 7. Bike Week – Cycling the free map Gregory Marler 15 th June 2009 What's produced? <ul><li>The map at http://www.openstreetmap.org </li></ul><ul><li>Press the + for some different designs </li></ul><ul><li>More designs at http://maps.cloudmade.com </li></ul><ul><li>Detailed maps on a (handle bar mounted) GPS </li></ul><ul><li>Free access to the data allows all this to be generated automatically </li></ul>
  8. 8. Bike Week – Cycling the free map Gregory Marler 15 th June 2009 What's produced... for cyclists? <ul><li>Open... Cycle ...Map - http://www.opencyclemap.org </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Routes highlighted – red for national, blue for regional </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Motorways are grey/small (not features)‏ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cycle packing/racks with capacity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contour lines – from USA public domain data </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Route planning by http://www.cyclestreets.net </li></ul><ul><ul><li>By Cambridge Cycling Campaign </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fastest, Shortest, Quietest </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allow dismounts or take none </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local version at http://durham.cyclestreets.net </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Bike Week – Cycling the free map Gregory Marler 15 th June 2009 More maps and links! <ul><li>My blog about using and creating OpenStreetMap </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.livingwithdragons.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>http://www.where-can-i-live.com combined with public transport data and houses for sale </li></ul><ul><li>http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/OSM_Map_On_Garmin </li></ul><ul><li>Report problems with the map - http://www.openstreetbugs.org </li></ul><ul><li>Ski slopes and lifts - http://www.openpistemap.org </li></ul><ul><li>Make the searches easier - http://freethepostcode.org </li></ul><ul><li>So much more at http://wiki.openstreetmap.org </li></ul>

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