Australian Mapping Community/Past Events/2017-06 RGSQ Mapping Days

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Calling all map-lovers, amateur cartographers, surveyors and cartophiles! The Royal Geographic Society of Queensland and Local OpenStreetMappers are running a mapping event soon, and we want your help.

When: Wednesday and Thursday, 21st and 22nd June 2017

Where: Royal Queensland Geographic Society, Gregory House, 237 Milton Road, Milton

The Plan

Wednesday 21st June - Armchair Mapping

10:00 - 12:00 Introduction to OpenStreetMap and software setup

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch and Discussion

13:00 - 15:00 "Armchair mapping" from aerial imagery and existing sources.

15:00 - 16:00 Planning and preparation of material for Thursday's Mapping Day

Thursday 22nd June - Survey Mapping

10:00 - 11:00 Meet at Gregory House, and assign survey regions to Groups.

11:00 - 12:30 Survey mapping in groups

12:30 - 13:30 Meet back at Gregory House for Lunch and Discussion

13:00 - 16:00 Mapping with survey data and further "airmchair mapping"

Please feel free to call David on 0407 151 912 on the day if you can't find us.

About OpenStreetMap

OpenStreetMap is a collaboratively built free map of the world, with simple wiki-like editing; think ‘Wikipedia’, but for maps. The result is highly detailed digital maps, created and edited by local communities, that are free to reproduce without the normal commercial restrictions. It's a fun project to get involved with; you'll discover how maps are made and uncover the geographical secrets of your neighbourhood.

Volunteers from all around Brisbane have already begun mapping the roads, footpaths and cycleways across the city, but now we need your help to improve our map by adding street and building details and amenities such as restaurants, parks, playgrounds and shops.

The Event

This time, the RGSQ will be running a two day event, focussing on introducing OpenStreetMap to RGSQ members, but others in the community will be welcome for a small fee to cover the event and catering ($20). The first day will focus on introducing the project and associated websites, services and software, and spend some time 'airchair mapping' from aerial imagery and other already-available sources. On the second day, we will perform a small demonstration mapping event around the Milton area, focussing on collecting details that are not yet available in OpenSteetMap. Participants will be welcome to map however and wherever they want, but here are a few suggestions for things that other mappers like to collect:

  • Missing streets, footpaths and cycleways
  • Missing street names
  • Missing building details
  • Missing street facilities (traffic lights, pedestrian crossings, speed bumps, etc.)
  • Missing reserves, parks, schools and child-care centres
  • Missing amenities (water fountains, toilets, playgrounds, seats, shelters, etc.)
  • Details of shops/restaurants/pubs

However, if you aren't sure what you can do, we'll be happy to provide ideas and help get you started. If you have a GPS device, including a GPS-enabled phone, bring it along, but you don’t need anything special to map - just a pen and paper will do. Blank maps for note-taking can easily be made available if prior notice is provided.

The Map

Who's Coming

If you can come, please let David Dean know (or put your name below), so we can have some idea of how will be turning up on the day.


Contact David Dean by email, mobile 0407151912, or twitter @dbdean