May 1, 2008

Mapping Sardinian SS131

Posted in OSM Contributions tagged , at 10:00 pm by fadinlight

(This post has been published after the original date, due to connection issues)

As I’ve said yesterday, I went to Sardinia to meet my girlfriend Claudia, for a week holiday after the last difficult month, in which I’ve passed two exams and… obviously, acceptend in this fantastic adventure called Google Summer of Code… and this fantastic community called OpenStreetMap!

However, I arrived to Olbia but my girlfriend lives in Cagliari (in the opposite side of Sardinia). Olbia and Cagliari are connected by a long primary road, called SS131 and SS131bis. I’ve seen in the last days that this way is not yet fully mapped… so a GPS trace during this 270 km travel has been an obvious choice!

In the above picture, you can see what’s already mapped in Sardinia, and, in green, my GPS trace, as seen in JOSM. The central part is not already mapped… so… mapping the remaining it’s a good thing to do in the next days!

April 27, 2008

Sunday out mapping

Posted in OSM Contributions tagged , at 11:59 pm by fadinlight

A sunny Sunday… summer is coming… there’s no better way to spend my time than go out in one of Rome parks, “Villa Doria Pamphili”. Furthermore, it was not mapped (till today!) at all. I went there with 3 friends of mine, and I have to thank Fabio, Pitrinu e Luciano for having so much patience waiting for my mapping activity while we were walking in the park. Here’s my fastly hand-made map 🙂

After we finished walking all around the park, we got a rest near the lake… so it was the best time to make some order from that impossible to read map 🙂

A little better, huh? 🙂

So, when I came back home, after some things I had to do, I’ve started JOSM and start editing with Yahoo images in background 🙂 I’m uploading all the nodes and ways when I’m writing, hope you can find something interesting here tomorrow, because now there is nothing 🙂 Don’t know very well how it’s going to render, it’s my first experiment on park mapping 🙂

Apart from that, my yesterday’s mapping activity now it’s rendered… and now the zone around me is a little better…hope to get a full map soon 🙂

Doing those maps, now I’ve undoubtly more awareness of mapping characteristics, and this is giving me new ideas and some little “use-case” for my project. Hope for more ideas in the next days!

April 26, 2008

OSM addiction on the way

Posted in OSM Contributions tagged , , at 6:55 pm by fadinlight

A sunny Saturday here in Rome. But I’ve started it in my home, idling on the #osm irc channel and trying to get Tiles@home working in my Windows box (a mid-tower computer which I’m not using so much). So I’ve started getting a T@h account (thank you crschmidt!) and trying using the all-in-one installer found in the Windows@home wiki page, just trying to keep the easy way. Unfortunately, I’ve got it to work (at least it seems it renders) but couldn’t upload any tile image till now. Probably there’s something broken but I think the manual way would be easier than the easy way 🙂

After a little bit of T@h playing, I went out from home and, during my little travel, I’ve got some new GPS traces, which I’ve edited in JOSM and uploaded, with some corrections of my previous editing sessions.

Probably in the next two days I’ll be less productive, however I’ll continue my Osmarender studies in spare time.

April 23, 2008

My first mapping day!

Posted in OSM Contributions tagged , , at 10:00 pm by fadinlight

My First WaysToday is a special day! I’ve got my first taste of being an active OSM contributor!

At the first mapping party in Rome on April 20th Dieterdreist, Danilo and I had got a little GPS trace of the zone called “Monti Tiburtini”. I asked them to let me try to do some JOSM playing (because actually I’m a newbie in real mapping situations) and wait for my editing.

So the first thing I’ve done today has been to open an OpenStreetMap account and upload my first GPX file to the OSM server 🙂 Then I’ve started to get in touch with JOSM, and after one or two hours of try-and-error (with some great help from Dieterdreist… I can’t thank you enough for your patience!) I’ve got my first map! 🙂 If you want to participate to my joy, you can see the result (all the white streets).

But in the evening I had to do some “shopping” around: my zone is not mapped at all… so it was the best occasion to do some GPS tracing play! 🙂 I took my bluetooth GPS and my OSMTracker-powered handheld… and when I came back to home I’ve uploaded new GPS traces, and played around with JOSM to learn more and more about it. Here my personally exciting results!

Case Rosse

At the end, I wanted to learn something about other features OSM gives us, and after I’ve got to work the Yahoo plugin, I’ve extended Aniene river a little, which was limited to GRA motorway before.

I can’t find the right words to say how I enjoyed this mapping experience! I’ve a fear that I’m becoming OSM-addicted 🙂

So… more coming soon…!