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This user uses or has experience with a Garmin GPSmap 60Cx and is willing to answer questions on it from OSM users

About Me

I'm from London, England.

I'll be helping to map South London, but with a bias towards open spaces and rural footpaths. Mapping of streets is of secondary interest. My main interest in the project is its potential to make publicly available layers of information relating to habitat.

My edits can be found at the following page [1]

I believe using bicycles when mapping is a lazy habit that leads to bad data, and sadly this method of mapping has crept deep into the heart of OpenStreetMap. I will never gather information using a bicycle. I also believe data gathered on the ground is usually superior to data gathered from tracing from maps.

Plans for Summer 2012


Visited Brixham a couple of times in May 2011 and realised how important POI were in a tourist area. Almost by definition a huge number of people present in the town on any one day don't know it and therefore POI are very useful. Wrote on here I'd do POI mapping during summer 2011, but things didn't work out so I'm going to try and do the mapping in summer 2012

The street mapping for Brixham (and Torbay) has been completed almost entirely due to good work of user:Devonshire. I've decided to try and add POI's and buildings. To assist I'll be using Walking-Papers, and to make that easier I've added most of the building detail by tracing over 'OS StreetView' & Bing imagery. It was notable that the Bing imagery had to be constantly realigned and that OS Streetview had buildings moved back from the road to make its map clear. These two issues made the task of adding buildings far more difficult than I expected, and I expect to make a lot of changes when I start doing ground surveys of some of the narrow streets.

Speed Limits

I started adding speed limits in spring 2011, which reminded me how confusing speed limits rules are in the UK. A need to find a solution to speed limits for roundabouts on Dual Carriageways, and implications of necessary road signing, resulted in lots of notes in spring 2011 which I never saved. So when, and if, I come across useful data I'll be adding to the following personal page in the hope that one day I can move it to a UK page giving advice UK Speed Limits

OpenStreetMap's New Licence

I've accepted OSM's proposed licence. I put off making the decision in the futile hope that simpler guides to the whole process would appear. Unfortunately that didn't happen and on 7th April 2011 I accepted the new license/contributor terms I also ticked a box to indicate my contributions to be in the public domain, although in practice it only indicates I would like a licence with fewer restrictions.

South West Coast Path

The South West Coast Path relation has proved problematic due to it's size. This problem has been mentioned in email lists a couple of times when damage was done to the relation but it required expert knowledge to repair because if it's size. Emails sent to talk-uk mailing list suggested splitting the route into several relations and combining them into a single super relation.

So from spring 2012 I started to do this, mainly because I have walked several sections of it and have an interest in it. It was clearly impossible to do the work in a day, or even several days. I thought it would be a very bad idea to delete the original relation before the new Super Relation was completed. Therefore I created a separate 'work-in-progress' Super Relation.

Just after starting I became concerned the relation could be impacted by the licence change cleaning process (rebuild bot). I decided to wait until the rebuild had finished.

When the Super-Relation was complete the old single relation had it's tags removed (27/08/2012) and the new relation went "live".

[South West Coast Path]

And Finally

I use the following page to store notes

I use the following page to test major edits to other pages - test

Public domain
All my contributions to OpenStreetMap are released into the public domain. This applies worldwide.
In case this is not legally possible, I grant anyone the right to use my contributions for any purpose, without any conditions, unless such conditions are required by law.