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Hello, fellow mappers.
I apologize for being a few days late with this month's challenge. For this month, we have something quite simple—a type of micro-mapping. The idea here is to come up with more localized services in your country to make the place more realistic. There are a few guidelines for this challenge, too.
The theme is "keep clean and stay pretty." What does this mean? Find a small community or two in your country and put grooming and hygiene places. These could include barbershops, hairdressers, salons, stylists, boutiques, beauty-supply shops, etc. Think about the culture of your country a bit. Are there communal baths? Are manicures or pedicures a cultural expectation? Are there religious attire vendors or groomers that need to be near houses of worship? There are a lot of creative ways to go here, and I'd love to see something interesting.
Now a few guidelines:
- Your submission should be something new and created during the calendar month of November (or the first few days of December)
- No international companies—keep it local!
- Don't just put a point on a map. Place the building, parking, sidewalk, etc.
What am I going to be doing? I don't know yet. I have a couple ideas. What do you think you might do? Show your fellow mappers below.
Hello, fellow mappers.
I hope you had a fun time taking on last month's challenge, which focused on culture. The comments indicated some cool projects were being considered. I'd love to know how everyone did.
Unfortunately, different things in life limited my ability to finish work in Iola as I would have originally liked. I was able to finish the streets and pedestrian areas in the old city of Iola and begin building work around the ancient amphitheatre. There are a couple things like a café called "La Ekterra" (The Underground), which is right across the plaza from the entrance to the catacombs. A few streets are named after former monarchs or important saints, too. I'll try to keep working on it this month, as I've enjoyed working in this area.
Mapper's Challenge #14 — By Air and By Sea
The challenge for this month is to work on an air or sea transport option in your country. For this, airfields, airports, seaports, ferry terminals, and other air or water-based transportation hubs are welcome. There are quite a few major airports in the OGF universe, but what about smaller commuter airfields or agricultural-based landing strips? As for the water-based transportation, seaports are always an option. Don't forget about commuter routes like ferries or recreational places like marinas. Even if your country isn't on an ocean, river transportation is just as important. Major trade can be done by navigable river, too. (Just ask Vienna; or for an even smaller town with 3.5 times the tonnage, check Huntington, West Virginia in the United States.)
So, for this challenge, try to determine what the needs are for your country right now. There is a great guide for building airports over on the wiki. Seaports are definitely going to be a bigger challenge and require some more advance mapping, in my opinion. Once you've decided on your task, go for it! Give it a try and see what happens!
I'm personally going to attempt work on a seaport for Iola. It might be a bit ambitious, but I'm already planning to do coastline work on the western part of La Kaufama. I've received some great feedback from a couple users on the coastline, so it's part of what I'd like to tackle. We'll see how it goes!
All the best, —A
Hello, everyone. Today I would like to reintroduce the Mapper's Challenges to the community. Luciano granted me permission to revive the concept, and I will be running with it for the time being. We've had some great work done over the previous twelve challenges, and I think it is worth putting the effort into encouraging good mapping. For me, the Mapper's Challenges were a great place to experiment, get private feedback, and observe more skilled mappers at work on larger projects. While not every topic will appeal to each user, I would still encourage everyone to give these a quick try. As before, post what you have in the comments below; do not be afraid to provide feedback on submissions also. This is a great place to learn and have fun. It is my hope that we get a chance to see all the good things that users are doing around OGF.
I also want to encourage users to try the "weekly word" challenge! That is a shared, friendly "competition" that is easy to participate in. The monthly Mapper's Challenges are larger and thus different; their missions do not conflict.
This month's challenge comes courtesy of a suggestion by Udi before the challenges went on hiatus for a few months.
Mapper's Challenge #13 - Showing Culture
The challenge for this month is to develop the culture and history of your country by constructing cinemas, theatres, libraries, museums, or other relevant facilities. Add any that are of interest to your country. Names like "Museum of Slavery" or "Library of Communist History" also give hints about a culture. Since culture is more abstract than highways and railways, you will need to be creative and think hard about what your country is like. Then, go for it! Give it a try and see what happens!
There are already a lot of these places popping up in OGF, and many users already have different skill levels on this topic. So I offer a tiered challenge for people to try:
- Beginner challenge: Place a building and tag it according to its function (library, museum, etc.). Try to make the building a logical shape and make sure it is placed in an appropriate location. Be sure to give the building a name!
- Moderate challenge: Complete the Beginner challenge but also work on the area immediately around the building. Are there benches, monuments and memorials, trees, fountains, walkways, etc.? Do some extra tagging and work on how the outside of the building fits the inside.
- Advanced challenge: Complete the Moderate challenge but extend it to the entire neighborhood. Is the facility in a cultural district or a simple neighborhood? Provide some details of the environs with other buildings, parking facilities, commercial or retail venues for guests, etc. Go beyond the immediate grounds of the initial building and create an atmosphere that complements (or intentionally contradicts!) the cultural meaning.
- Collaborative challenge: Pick a level and work with another user. Is there shared cultural heritage or is there another shared people group? What about mapping in another territory (with permission, of course)?
For me, I'm going to try at least the moderate challenge. There are a few ideas I'm tossing around. I also am going to do the collaborative challenge, as there is a project with Litvania that needs to be finished. So, this month offers the perfect chance to do this. I'll post some updates in my bliki as the month goes along.
After being selected as the winner of the weekly word by Kazuya, I have the honor of calling for the eleventh weekly word.
So this week's word is
In an effort to get our timeline back on track a bit, the deadline will be midnight Monday morning GMT (0:00 UTC).
Best of luck and happy mapping! -A
I know the topic of religion comes up periodically, and I think we all seem to be pretty civil and sensitive to the nature of the topic. (Thank you for that, by the way.) Well, today, I'm throwing that all out the window...
I have decided to take up the challenge of creating a pantheon of deities for a Mauro pagan religion based on OGF users and their collaborative input. If you want to be enshrined as a deity, demigod, hero, angel/demon, leviathan, etc., head on over to the bliki page and jump in. I explain more there and give the rationale for this project. Maybe it will be fun. I'm hoping it is an interesting collaborative experiment!
(N.B.: No user will be a part of the pantheon without their expressed consent. If you don't want to be a part of this, you don't have to fear.)
I'll see you on the bliki!
I would like to request some feedback on what users consider pros and cons of doing landuse and landcover tags as areas or relations. To this point, I've been tagging regular areas, since this is the standard I learned from doing my homework and studying OSM wiki/forum documentation. For example, this is what I used in the coastal region of Kabyea Essa. I comes out just like I want it and has the data I'd like for later (double plus!). I know that Luciano has been innovative in using relations to this end, and I was curious what the advantages and disadvantages are or might be. I'm not sure I really want to break up a roadway into a dozen pieces per kilometer just to adjust relations, but it might render things better for me.
I will say that areas get to be quite clunky in JOSM when placed against each other like this. It becomes impossible to select a highway or railway that is on the boundary. In many cases, I've resorted to just using iD, because it works better for me to do the fine-tuning detail work. At the same time, that could be a user issue.
I appreciate the insight. Thanks!
Discord est une application qui permet de discuter par écrit ou en vocal (avec un micro) dans des serveurs, créés par chacun. Aujourd'hui, je voulais vous présenter un serveur dédié à la communauté francophone d'OGF (hélas peu présente). On peut y parler de la carte, du wiki, de vos pays virtuels mais aussi de la pluie et du beau temps, si vous vous ennuyez une froide journée d'hiver... Bref, voici le lien :
You are an English-speaking user? No problem, you can also chat on this server! ;)
J'espère que ça vous plaira et à plus sur notre site favori (OGF bien sûr ^^ )
I'm not sure where to post these questions as I wasn't even aware these diaries existed for quite some time.
I have made progress in mapping Ataraxia, admittedly with a first focus on socio-economic, political and cultural context before street-level mapping.
All 98 provinces are mapped and a new census has been completed revealing a population of 63.25 million - with 8.1 million in Ataraxia City metro provinces (10.3 million with satellite provinces incl. Baudoinville, Combault, Marbella).
1st Question: How can I efficiently post data from excel files to tables on the wiki without retyping character by character?
2nd Question: How can I export data from the map to an easily editable image file (eg. GIMP or Inkscape)? Ideally with just provincial and/or national boundaries that could then be filled in? This would be to make themed maps by province like population density or average income or election results.
So far I have only been able to manage screenshots.
Thanks and always open to any suggestions!