User talk:Kevjs1982

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I don't know if you are aware of my site or not. I make a lot of maps for race tracks including most Formula 1 tracks. All maps are made in Inkscape as SVG files and exported to PNG (mainly because my site host won't take SVG as images.) My standard license is CC-BY-SA-3.0. (A few early images were PD.) My website is wlps-ge-stuff.ucoz.com. Up till now, I've been stuck on waiting for Google Earth imagery in order to make a map. Google's imagery was always higher resolution and newer than Bing's, at least in the US.

However, I recently found that OSM had up to date data on Silverstone's current Formula 1 circuit. Google is still showing the old layout (with the new paddock building on top). This, combined with questions that were raised on Wikimedia Commons about the legal source of my imagery led me to make an effort to use OSM data to make my new Silverstone map. If I can't place the center of each line (track or pit road) in the center of the actual pavement, I refuse to make the map. Just not accurate enough for my requirements. So it was impossible to make my maps based on OSM data until I tried Silverstone.

Converting the data proved to be a real pain. OSM, JOSM, and Merkaartor were all unable to generate an image in the orientation I needed. Fortunately, I was able to export from Merkaartor to KML. I knew I could at least rotate that. Rotating the data before creating the SVG is important as lets me position the lines that represent pavement more accurately. It also lets me experiment with various orientations prior starting the actual image. That in turn lets me create a bigger more detailed image.

Unfortunately, importing from OSM requires a lot of steps. And Bing is still slower here in the US than Google. Not as sharp either. Plus, I can't truly say that my dependency on Google as source is gone as I need GE to create a image showing the KML as projections. I also found it was tough to select all the various ways I needed in Merkaartor. I missed too many. (Fortunately, the old pavement was still in those locations. I just copied the old shapes.)

Are you able to help? I don't have any money to offer. I also need terms that are compatible with CC-BY-SA-3.0. I do have an Android developer who prefers to use my maps in his app. You can also see the maps I uploaded to Wikimedia Commons (or what remains of them) on my commons contributions page.

Finally, if you're interested, I can offer you a mini-blog on my site along with one or more forums. Place to put FAQs too. My only requirement is that what you do there is related to the main site.Will Pittenger (talk) 08:45, 26 September 2013 (UTC)