Friday, 23 May 2008

Make plans for this weekend

The Bank Holiday weekend is almost upon us and if the combined evils of B&Q and IKEA aren't conspiring to destroy every moment of your much cherished free time then why not brave the great outdoors and help out the OpenMapping project as they seek to map out Worcester Park tomorrow (Saturday 24th May).

OpenStreetMap is the Wikipedia of the map world. The data and the map images are available to everyone to use for free, so long as you credit the community when using them. Just like Wikipedia. anyone can add to them, so you can make the maps you want without the hassle or expense.

Details of the project are at: http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/index.php/WikiProject_Sutton_England/Mapping_party

If you're interested in volunteering your free time, you can go out paired with a more experienced mapper to capture street data, or to add in detail like amenities to areas that already have basic road coverage. By the end of the weekend they hope to have as much of the area completed as possible, focusing on the following data:

Basic street information
  • Key amenities like post offices/boxes, local shops, cycle and car club parking, bus stops, community centres etc.
  • Land use areas like residential, industrial, retail, allotments, parks, recreation grounds, etc.

They will also run two workshops for beginners at 11am and 2pm at the Worcester Park Library, Stone Place, Windsor Road, Worcester Park, Surrey, KT4 8ES in the meeting room upstairs (with free wifi and desk space for laptops from 10am).

No experience is necessary, so turn up, join in and help put Worcester Park on the map!

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