For a while now, I have had this idea of creating a "Monthly Mapper's Challenge." I think it could be a way to challenge ourselves and develop our map-making skills in OGF.
So I have decided to give a try at creating one.
Luciano's Mapper's Challenge #1 - April, 2016
Many people would agree, OGF has too many roads. I don't mean in absolute terms - clearly, the real world, as seen in OSM, has even more roads than OGF. What I mean is that the proportion of roads to other objects is too high. Much of our world has almost ONLY roads. So I decided to make my first OGF mapping challenge about roads - or rather, anti-roads.
The challenge is simple. For the month of April, try to concentrate on mapping things other than roads.
By roads, I mean any use of the "highway" tag, (except perhaps highway=pedestrian, highway=path, highway=footway, or other non-automotive uses of the tag).
The challenge has three levels.
- Advanced Challenge: for the month of April, create NO new roads in your territory; focus on other objects: rivers, lakes, coastlines, land cover, building, schools, churches, anything you want.
- Medium Challenge: for the month of April, for each road you create, also create some other non-road object. You don't have to keep exact count, just try to emphasize other objects.
- Easy Challenge: for the month of April, create at least one interesting feature for your territory that has no roads; examples could be a nature reserve or conservation area, an island or neighborhood that bans automobiles, a botanic garden or zoo, etc.
This challenge is on the "honor system" - no one is going to check the accuracy of your claim. If you are interested in trying this challenge, just leave a note below, in the next few days. At the end of the month, we can make another diary post to see how poeple did. If there is a lot of interest, we could do "challenges" every month, and maybe make a wiki page to record results.
I will be attempting the "Advanced" challenge, above. I might even go on a road-deletion binge, to get rid of the boring grids I made in my early mapping period.
Happy (northern hemisphere) Spring, and happy mapping!