Blacksburg, Virginia

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Blacksburg, Virginia
latitude: 37.229874, longitude: -80.417694
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Blacksburg is a town in Virginia at latitude 37°13′48″ North, longitude 80°25′04″ West.

Events

  • OpenStreetMap and 3D Virginia Mapping Events will take place from September 29, 2014 through October 11, 2014. Details will be available soon on this OSM wiki page and 3D Blacksburg [1].
  • Virginia Science Festival [2] - 3D Virginia Mapping Events - October 4, 2014 from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Moss Center for the Arts in Blacskburg, VA. The Center for Geospatial Information Technology and Advanced Research Computing at Virginia Tech are teaming up to host “3D Virginia Mapping Events” and will feature interactive visualization with 3D Virginia & 3D Blacksburg, community mapping with OpenStreetMap and 3D Printing. Virginia’s First Annual Science Festival! "We’re throwing a big party where the punch is spiked with science!"

Base Map and Reference Data

National Agricultural Imagery Program The Department of Geography at VT once had a WMS available for local use with the WMS plug-in for JOSM. Imagery was from the 2008 National Agricultural Imagery Program (NAIP).

Map Status

Blacksburg GIS Import Status

Dataset Import tag Status Importer Import date Comments
Address address Complete mutantmonkey 2010-03-10 Available as nodes only without consistent ID numbers to tie to buildings. Update April 2011: The region is updating and harmonizing address databases.
Bike Trails and Lanes bike_trails Ongoing mutantmonkey Data includes existing and proposed bike trails and lanes, so import requires human interaction.
Buildings N/A Complete mutantmonkey 2010-04-09
Bus Routes bus_routes Unsuitable Data is very old
Bus Stops bus_stops Unsuitable Data is old and stops are not in the correct location
Corporate Boundary/Lines boundary Complete mutantmonkey 2012-01-10 [3]
Landuse landuse Unsuitable Basically just parcel data
Neighborhoods neighborhoods ? Available as areas, but not points. Convention on OpenStreetMap is to use points.
Parcels parcels Not started May not be appropriate to import
Parks parks Not started
Places of Interest pois Not started
Roads (Centerlines) rcl Complete logomancer, mutantmonkey 2010-05-15 Conflated with existing TIGER data; 460 was not imported
Sidewalks sidewalks Not started
Streams - Perennial streams Complete mutantmonkey 2010-04-29 Conflated with existing NHD data

Roads

The TIGER data was not at the appropriate scale for detailed mapping, so the Road Center Line data available from the Town of Blacksburg was imported.

The Virginia Geographic Information Network Public Road Center Line (RCL) product is a consistent, statewide digital file. The RCL geometry is public domain and participates in a routine update cycle.

Buildings

All buildings available from the Town of Blacksburg's GIS data were imported on April 9, 2010. Other buildings have been traced from NAIP imagery. Building heights from a student thesis: http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-09202001-155212/unrestricted/1etd_dodd_0911.pdf have been entered (The actual source is from some old lidar data). VT facilities may have complete coverage and higher accuracy, their information is not in a readily accessible database.

Pedestrian and Cycle Paths

  • Bike Lanes and pedestrian paths (will load Blacksburg GIS data
  • Bike Racks (will GPS)
  • Bike Shops

College and University Campuses

  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University aka Virginia Tech (moderately mapped)
  • Pedestrian
    • Footpaths need additional coverage
    • Some plazas missing
    • Coverage of POIs like benches, book drops, trash and recycle bins, and barbecue grills is semi-complete
  • Car
    • Parking information needs to be included, VT Parking Services might have maps, capacities, etc.
  • Campus Tree database

Parks

  • Pandapas Pond (George Washington & Jefferson National Forests)
  • New River Trail

Waterways

  • New River
  • Stroubles Creek

Public Transit

  • Blacksburg Transit (will load Blacksburg GIS data)
  • Two Town Trolley (Blacksburg Transit - not mapped)
  • Home Ride at Virginia Tech (not mapped)

Events

  • OpenStreetMap and 3D Virginia Mapping Events will take place from September 29, 2014 through October 11, 2014. Details will be available soon on this OSM wiki page and 3D Blacksburg [4].
  • Virginia Science Festival [5] - 3D Virginia Mapping Events - October 4, 2014 from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Moss Center for the Arts in Blacskburg, VA. The Center for Geospatial Information Technology and Advanced Research Computing at Virginia Tech are teaming up to host “3D Virginia Mapping Events” and will feature interactive visualization with 3D Virginia & 3D Blacksburg, community mapping with OpenStreetMap and 3D Printing. Virginia’s First Annual Science Festival! "We’re throwing a big party where the punch is spiked with science!"

Past Events

  • Map Blacksburg Day - March 25, 2012. Focus will be on completing existing coverage and wardriving.
  • Mapping Day - April 23rd, 2011. Focus will be on an efficient aerial imagery-driven workflow and integration into the 3D Blacksburg project.
  • OpenStreetMap and 3D Blacksburg Mapping Day The event was held Saturday, April 10, 2010, from 10:00am to 4:00pm in Torgersen Hall, on the Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus. Training, GPS units, lab computers and other hardware provided. Additional information on this project available at the Linux and Unix Users Group website (http://vtluug.org/osm).
  • GIS Day and Geography Awareness Week celebration - November 16-20, 2009. Campaign to raise awareness of OpenStreetMap and other participatory mapping activities for local communities. The 3D Blacksburg Collaborative is holding an experimental 3-D Mapping event on Thursday, November 19 from 2-5 pm, contact sforza [at] vt.edu for details.
  • Mapping Day - November 7th, 2009. Qualcomm has generously provided an Android G1 phone to be raffled off between participating mappers.
  • Mappy Hour, Wednesday, July 1st, 7PM at The Top of the Stairs, 217 West College Ave., Blacksburg, VA - 540.953.2837. Just a social get-together to talk about maps and mapping.
  • April 5 2009 Mapping party