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 inwhere I'll be based for a while. I'm concentrating on mapping the island of and the nearby mainland and cleaning up and completing the entire Baltic coastline. I've also made a start on and added to the centre of .
- 2005-2006. I used to be based in and did the majority of initial mapping of that city, along the NSW coast, in Queensland and made a start on . You can see here.
- 2006 - 2007 Philippines. I also spend time in and started mapping there and the . 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, , Yorkshire, UK and surrounding villages in detail and have put in definging roads and features for from source to the River Ouse. Made a start on the town of and also the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. I'll be back there off and on ...
- Oct 2007 Sweden: 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: 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.