User:Seav

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Metro Manila, Philippines

Hello, my name is Eugene Alvin Villar, aka seav, and I am based in Metro Manila in the Philippines. I'm an admitted computer, Internet, and map geek. I've been fascinated with maps ever since I was a child (I was given a Grolier atlas as a present once) and so it's no surprise that I've taken a particular liking to OpenStreetMap.

I contribute mostly to the Metro Manila area, since I love this metropolis, despite pollution, traffic and all those nasty things. While I own several dead-tree maps of Metro Manila—and some of these are really, really good—I am in love with the idea of creating a free and open database from scratch because this data can then be repurposed in many new and exciting ways!

I am also quite active in the Philippine OpenStreetMap community. I help tend the Philippine-related pages here in the Wiki, steer discussions on the Philippines mailing list, assisted in setting up a local non-profit organization for OpenStreetMap and stands as its initial President, and coordinate or attend offline events and mapping parties.

I have a personal/tech blog and I have blogged about OSM several times. They are all filed under the OpenStreetMap category, but the following are some choice articles:

My OpenStreetMap diary also contains some of my OSM-related writing but targeted to the OSM crowd.

I am also a semi-active Wikipedian and I have contributed many maps there about locations in the Philippines. Two of them are featured images in the English Wikipedia:

Mapping accomplishments

These are the areas where I am the major contributor and which I am particularly pleased with:

2010 goals

Personal mapping

Title Description Target date Status
UP Diliman map porting Port over all of the details from my hand-drawn map of the campus that I did back in 2002. New buildings and constructions are not part of this scope. 1st quarter 5%
Hometown mapping Complete and verify the road network in BF Resort Village, Sta. Cecilia Village, and Philamlife Village in Las Piñas. Add all major POIs in the said subdivisions (such as schools and churches). Complete the housenumbers in Philamlife Village. 2nd quarter 0%
Alabang update Complete the building footprints of Madrigal Business Park and Filinvest Corporate City. 2nd quarter 0%
Completing Ortigas Center Bring Ortigas Center to the same level of detail as the Makati CBD is right now (start of 2010). 3rd quarter 90%
Verifying Ayala Alabang Verify the road network and street names of Ayala Alabang Village and add major POIs (such as schools and churches). 3rd quarter 0%
Bonifacio Global City update Add all completed and u/c buildings west of Fifth Avenue and at the southern condo block. Re-survey the road network. Re-survey the developments in the northern area. Redo the footprints of Market! Market! and Serendra. 4th quarter 20%

Community

  • Re-organize the WikiProject Philippines wiki page (make it less like an arbitrary list of whatever)
  • Help organize quarterly mapping parties in the Metro Manila area
  • Marshall contributors to bring the Philippines to Level 1 status by the end of 2010
  • Work towards having a Philippine representative to SOTM 2010 Have a State of the Philippines poster for SOTM 2010

PR and outreach