For my challenge last month, "What's in a name?" (August 2016), I added about 1600 names to my city state of Tárrases, advancing from about 2800 names to a current total of 4400.
I fell far short of my revised objective of 10000 names. I feel sad because of that, but... I was very busy outside of OGF, with "real life," so that's my excuse. I will continue working on it.
This challenge did not seem to be very popular. I guess for a lot of people, names are not an important part of their geofictional undertakings. Certainly the popularity of maps with unnamed streets and other features in our world indicates that for many, names are an afterthought.
I know a few people worked on it, though. Feel free to post your results in the comments, below, or with your own diary.
Thinking about Public Transportation
One of my main interests in geofiction is in the area of public transportation infrastructure: trains, subways, buses, etc. It has always been fascinating to me. But after a few efforts in that direction with my metropolis at Villa Constitución, I have mostly been intentionally avoiding placing public transportation infrastructure, because I feel like to do it correctly, it needs to be built "in response to" the pre-existing geography. It doesn't make sense to make a detailed, elaborate subway system, as I did in Villa Constitución, when the city itself is really just the skeleton of a city, without well-conceived history or neighborhoods or topography, etc.
The advantage of using the OSM route relation infrastructure is clear if you examine a well-built route. Let's look at a more-or-less random example from RUTA-VC, such as VC's Commuter Rail Line N31, which connects the downtown to the south coast islands in a great arc:
You can use OSM route relations for highways, too, as in Ardisphere's RN 31, which runs the length of the country along its eastern border:
Anyway, I think route relations are very cool, and fun to build, and they can help you to be organized in your approach. They can be used for riverboat and ferry networks, too, and I eventually plan to build those.
However, at this point I plan to eventually delete almost all of VC's public transit, and start over, after some big changes to the city itself, including a more organic and historically oriented pattern of growth.
In my work on Tárrases, however, I think I'm about ready to start building some public transit in detail. Tárrases, being a smallish city (about 400,000 inhabitants), will only have a limited, recently built tram (light rail) system with 2-3 lines maximum. Most of the public transit will be buses (maybe 20-30 routes), along with a taxi-van system (like the Mexican "pesero" system - shared taxis that run on fixed routes).
I want to build a nice, detailed, multimap-based route map, as I did for RUTA-VC.
Luciano's Mapper's Challenge #6 - September, 2016 - GETTING AROUND
The challenge this month is to focus on public transit - subways, commuter rail, buses, etc. But not just in the wiki! Lots of people have done great work in the wiki for public transit, but that's not the focus of this challenge.
The OSM platform we use for OGF has a lot of excellent tagging options for public transit (see here). So let's try to use them to get well-defined routes, with stops and everything. I am going to try build the route system on the OGF map and use the results to create a semi-automatically-generated bus-route multimap for Tárrases.
- Advanced challenge - Build a complete system for a city, including route relations for all the routes. Try to build a multimap of your public transit system, or, if you're more comfortable with drawing programs (I'm not), make an image map instead.
- Easier challenge - Build a couple of routes of a system
Happy mapping for September!