[sclug] Calling map enthusiasts & GPS owners

Welby McRoberts welby at wheely-bin.co.uk
Fri Aug 25 00:55:28 UTC 2006

On Sun, 2006-08-20 at 17:20 +0100, Tom Chance wrote:
> Ahoy!
> This coming weekend Remix Reading and OpenStreetMap are teaming up to create a 
> completely free map of Reading. It's a volunteer effort, so if you're into 
> maps and/or have a GPS unit of some description then pitch in!
> Maps in the UK are all owned either by the Crown or private companies. You 
> strictly speaking need to get permission from them before you can use them in 
> certain ways, for example to show where local events are on a web site, or to 
> produce your own map of cycle friendly roads. OpenStreetMap is a project 
> aimed squarely at creating and providing free geographic data such as street 
> maps to anyone who wants them. Remix Reading is a local arts collective that 
> promotes and practices creative freedoms, such as freely sharing work and 
> remixing each others' work.
> Basically, we will get together on Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th, then charge 
> around Reading on foot or bike gathering breadcrumb trails recorded on GPS 
> units. We then plug this data into OpenStreetMap and tell the system where 
> roads and cycle paths exist, what they're called, where pubs, clubs, 
> community centres and the like are.... until we're bored or have exhausted 
> the whole town :o) Then people and groups in Reading will have access to maps 
> that they can use for free, and even add to.
> Here's the basic info:
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/index.php/Reading
> If you'd like to help out, or want more info, just reply to this email. We're 
> not going to coordinate a public meeting point or anything like that unless 
> there's a lot of interest. Otherwise I'll just let you know a time and a 
> place to meet and we'll go from there.
> Kind regards,
> Tom

Oh and forgot to mention, if required i've a couple of sofas that people
can kip on, I'm in the centre of town (coley hill/castle hill) so not
too far away from any where central. No carparking though (don't get me
started on the council & parking permits!)


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