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OpenStreetMap isn't a computer project, it's an outdoors activity.
Less of the bulk imports and wikifiddling please.
Go outside and map!

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Hi, I'm Andy Robinson I now live in Cheshire but previously was mapping extensively in the West Midlands area of the UK centred on the north east Birmingham and specifically Sutton_Coldfield. When I have time I also map on my travels around the world.

You can contact me at blackadderajr at gmail dot com.

My mapping focus is currently focused on Cheshire and especially the salt towns of Northwich, Middlewhich and Winsford.

I am a past Secretary and Treasurer of the Foundation.

I've been an active contributor to OSM since September 2005 (boy that was a long time ago!) and therefore have seen the OSM project grow beyond all recognition from its early seeding days. Amongst other things I'm responsible for suggesting the name "ways" and am the originator of the Map Features tagging scheme. I'm less active these days but have been an organiser within the community, assisting on such tasks as the SOTM conferences and organise mapping parties and other social events and working on a number of the Working Groups that the Foundation Board presides over. I've presented about OpenStreetMap to a number of international conferences and local events and interested groups and will continue to do so to both spread the word about OSM and to help others get involved, whether as a data contributor or user.

I do the vast majority of my mapping by bike, switching to mapping on foot only in the winter if the weather is a little inclement for cycle mapping. Winter is when I catch up on all the unpaved rural footpaths too.

In my professional life I am a civil engineer working in the underground environment, principally tunnelling and drilling.

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There was a time when the project gave out "awards" and I bagged a couple.

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  • Blackadder is awarded the Mega Star for uploading one million trackpoints
  • Blackadder is awarded the North Star for the completion of Sutton Coldfield