Witham/201004 Mapping Party

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Witham, Braintree(Essex District)

latitude: 51.796, longitude: 0.637
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Witham is a town in Braintree(Essex District) at latitude 51°47′45.60″ North, longitude 0°38′13.20″ East.

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Mapping party

There was a mapping party in Witham held jointly with Mensa in April 2010.

More about Mapping parties

Where? When?

  • When:
Saturday 24th April 2010, 10am - 4pm
  • Where:
The White Hart Hotel
Newland Street
OSM link
  • Contact
Phone: 07971 570428
  • Event schedule:
Coffee available from 09:30
10:00 An introduction to OpenstreetMap
After the introduction, go mapping, or stay and use the promised wifi to demonstrate OSM uses and methods to any interested attendees.
12:00 to 12:30-ish, lunch break starts. If dining at The White Hart Hotel you may need to order in advance depending on numbers attending (both OSM/Mensa together).
13:30-ish to 14:00-ish - head out mapping again, or stay and demonstrate uploading the collected data
14:00-ish, brief interlude for Mensa regional meeting (the formal stuff to be kept as short as possible).
15:30-ish to 16:00 - clearing the room. Call in to say goodbye or map until you head home.
  • If you own a GPS or laptop computer, please bring it along. If not, we will have GPS units to loan.
  • Weather: This event is rain or shine.
  • This event has been organised to coincide with a talk and introduction to mapping for members of British Mensa. Anyone who has experience in giving talks on OSM is encouraged to contact User:EdLoach to offer advice. Mappers willing to escort a group of Mensa members on their first GPS-armed outing will also be welcomed.
  • The meeting room has been sponsored by the East Anglia region of British Mensa. Free Wi-Fi should be available.

Who's Coming?

RSVP: please let us know that you will join us by adding your name here (use * ~~~).

  • EdLoach
  • Nigel
  • JoeyG
  • steve8 - can't get there till 12noon. Can map (on bike) or help demo/teach in afternoon (am Mensa qualified!)

Mapping objectives

Although a residential landuse area has been added for Witham, very few of the roads have yet been added. Checking the nonames layer also shows that most of the roads currently mapped are lacking street names.

As an introduction to OSM Witham therefore lends itself to both GPS mapping to add missing roads and paths, and walking papers to add missing road names and POIs (and noting names of unmapped side roads which if not mapped with GPS can at least be added with a FIXME tag).

It is believed that there is also a shared use cycle/foot path running parallel to an ever increasing length of the A12 which is currently unmapped. Some of this might also be mappable.

Area Cake

The above diagram was created in January 2010. If Attendees want to reserve an area add their name to the list below the image. The numbers have been assigned fairly randomly and don't represent any sort of priority, except that the numbers covering the existing Witham landuse areas are most likely to have more roads to be added than those surrounding the town.


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Mapping Party Suggestions

Please feel free to suggest locations and goals for this mapping event as well as future events.