Australian Mapping Community/Past Events/Forest Lake Mapping Party November 2010

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Calling all map-lovers, amateur cartographers, surveyors and cartophiles! Local OpenStreetMappers are having a mapping party soon, and we want your help.

When: Saturday 20th November 2010

Where: Forest Lake

The Plan

09:00 - 09:30 Breakfast at Elvis Grill and Cafe

09:30 - 13:00 Mapping

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch at Forest Lake Tavern (Booked as 'OpenStreetMap - David Dean')

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 details and amenities such as restaurants, parks, playgrounds and shops.

The Event

This time, we will be mapping around Forest Lake. After beginning with breakfast, we will split up and spread out over the area to collect information for inclusion in OpenStreetMap. You are welcome to map however and wherever you want, but here are a few suggestions for things that other mappers like to collect:

  • Missing streets, footpaths and cycleways
  • Missing street names
  • 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.

After spending a couple of hours surveying we will rejoin at 13:00 for lunch and to debrief. If you have a laptop, bring it along and we'll show you how easy it is to use OpenStreetMap on your own computer. Internet access will be made available through shared mobile broadband (or bring your own).

If you can’t or don’t feel like helping in the physical survey, or you just want to be social, please feel free to turn up at lunch anyway. We’ll be there between 13:00 and 14:00 and we’ll be happy to introduce you to OpenStreetMap, and maybe get you set up to map your local area.

The Map

Who's Coming

Cake sections

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. Choose a cake section label when you RSVP if you want to claim it.

  • David Dean (Section O)
  • Mark I - Sorry I had to work at the last minute and cant make it.
  • Hoylen (Section F and I)
  • Nick Lawrence and daughter
  • ...someone else


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