Tuesday, February 10, 2009


This month's TLUG meeting had a presentation on OpenStreetMap. The talk was very long but covered everything from the projects early history, to GPS data collection, to editing the map. The real benefit of user contributed data is the project is that it is often more up to date than the commercial offerings. There is T-intersection in a Toronto neighbourhood that Google Maps shows as a normal intersection. However, traffic calming measures has closed the intersection to vehicle traffic and some one had taken the time to fix it on OpenStreetMap. Most the streets in my neighbourhood are still missing name tags, so I'll have sign up and try some editing.

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