User:Ewmjc/About Me

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The real stuff:

The Boy Scouts taught me about maps and even today I can get almost as much enjoyment looking at a map as visiting a place. In a past life I used to be a geophysicist which gives me just enough knowledge about surveying and cartography to be dangerous. My interest in OSM started with some research into the field of geo-referenced information and, well, it just sucked me in.

I map on foot, bicycle and car though find cycling the easiest to cover areas in detail. A few trips on cross-country ski and snowmobile have also been great fun.

I now log with a recently bought Garmin ETrex Legend HCx since I can very conveniently load and display the latest OSM map for the country I am in. I still sometime use HP iPaq with built in GPS device as I wrote an MS Windows Mobile application that allows me to enter waypoints that are automatically converted to OSM nodes. I edit using JOSM and, increasingly, Potlatch.

I'm now living in Stockholm where I'll be based for a while. I'm concentrating on mapping the island of Lidingö and the nearby mainland and cleaning up and completing the entire Baltic coastline. I've also made a start on Vilnius, Lithuania and added to the centre of Tallinn, Estonia.

  • 2006 - 2007 Philippines. I also spend time in Manila and started mapping there and the Clark Special Economic Zone. Uploaded coastline for the entire country. I believe I've mapped OSM's first tropical island - Borocay - tough going on all those beaches, but someone had to do it. I've also done a wee bit of mapping of Marina del Rey, Los Angeles from Yahoo images and local knowledge.
  • Summer 2007 UK. Mapped my home town area, Otley, Yorkshire, UK and surrounding villages in detail and have put in definging roads and features for Wharfedale from source to the River Ouse. Made a start on the town of Skipton and also the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. I'll be back there off and on ...
  • Oct 2007 Sweden: Västerås OSM Mapping party and mapped cycle routes to Stockholm and Enköping.
  • Dec 2007: Completed Baltic main coastline.
  • Dec 2007: Digitised Russian Arctic coastline.
  • Feb - June 2008: Motivated by Andy Allan's great Cycle Map, I've been out mapping the national and regional cycle routes that criss-cross the Stockholm area.
  • June 2008: Some more work on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.
  • June - Sept 2009: Focused on mapping a corridor along the E4 from Stockholm outskirts to Upplands Väsby by varying my cycle ride to work.
  • Sept 2008 - Mar 2009: A spell of illness kept me off the bike and most field-mapping. So I've been working on getting state and county tags for a number of countries, digitising large rivers Russia, Asia, Africa and South America, adding volcano locations. Great fun.
  • April 2009: Wrote a Perl program to convert and bulk-import Malsing Map data for the eastern peninsular provinces of Malaysia kindly donated by Anthony Yong.
  • April 2009: Finally back on the bike and pushing to finish Lidingö a Swedish kommun (municipality) and island of 40,000 on in the northern Stockholm area.
  • October 2009: Otley is now 100% road complete, most if not all the foot routes are in and all the landmarks are done.

I look forward to hearing from any one else mapping in these areas.