Prototype page - unfinished, ignore.
http://www.openstreetmap.org/ is an map, contributed to by users.
All that is required is a GPS with the ability to log tracks. These tracks are later annotated using either personal knowledge, or notes taken at the time, to form roads or canals, or other features. (They cannot be copied from commercial maps, as this is a breach of copyright and or terms and conditions).
The neo1973 GPS is quite adequate for this.
There are several possible use-cases.
|Advanced mapper||Wants credit||Specifically makes journeys for the purpose of mapping, taking voice or other notes as they go along|
|Basic mapper||Willing to help, but wants anonymity||Will select mode of transport they are using at any time - car, bike, train, may occasionally enter placenames|
|Helper||Willing to turn on application, wants anonymity||Willing to contribute only if they don't have to do anything|
- 'Helper' On connection to somewhere with free internet, upload track logs.
- These are then anonymised by waiting up to a month, and uploading to openstreetmap.
- Optionally omit last few dozen metres of the tracks before phone becomes stationary.
- 'Basic Mapper' When connected to free internet, ask user to enter details for any locations they may have tagged, upload to anonymiser server.
- 'Advanced Mapper' When connected to the users PC, upload tracklogs so they can use in their map editor