Luciano's Mapper's Challenge #7 - October, 2016 - COUNTRY ROADS

Posted by Luciano on 5 October 2016 in Korean (한국어)

I actually gave up on my own last challenge, #6, after about a week. I completely quit, and decided not to do it.

I had several reasons.

  • I've been really busy outside of OGF, which prevented me from focusing on the project. I still wanted to spend some of my free time editing, but I wanted to be more "free" to just do what occurred to me, and I felt constrained by my own project.
  • I decided I wasn't ready to make bus routes for Tárrases, because I want the bus routes to follow where people live, so I want to be closer to finished on where the inhabited areas and neighborhoods are first
  • I also wasn't ready technically, because I wanted to be able to make a nice multimaps bus-routes map, and I wasn't ready to do the work to get my scripts working on my new Linux system

Anyway, I know several other users made great and interesting progress on this "public transport" challenge. I've seen some great work on the map and in the wiki. Post your results here or with your own diary entry or in the wiki.

Luciano's Mapper's Challenge #7 - October, 2016 - COUNTRY ROADS

It took me a while to decide what kind of challenge to make next. I always want to make a challenge that is something I want to work on too - even if I end up giving up on it, as happened last month.

I asked some other people for some brainstorms for good challenges, and this new challenge is one suggested by Thilo.

The main point is, most of us here at OGF are very focused on cities. So the idea, this month, is to avoid city work, and focus on countryside, villages, hamlets, and small towns.

In fact, I've already been doing this challenge a lot - a great deal of work in Ardisphere is countryside and small towns, and Tárrases too. But this month, I want to focus even more.

There are areas of OSM that are so well mapped, each farm has a name and every building in the rural area is mapped. Northern Spain's Basque Country is a favorite example of mine - I'm sure there are many others.

  • Advanced challenge: choose an area and map not just landuse but every single road, track, path, fence, tree row and building in the countryside. Try to include the livestock, too, if you can get them to stand still (but how should they be tagged?).
  • Easier challenge: choose an area and map full coverage for landuses and focus on country roads (i.e. no motorways, trunks, primaries, etc.).

I will be doing the advanced challenge in the rural parts of Tárrases, while also continuing to fill out the urban areas. I have already done landuses, but I need to refine detail, and I very much need to add many more country roads (really, in Tárrases, these are mountain tracks, since the island is very mountainous). Adding roads in Tárrases is fun but also a lot of work, because my goal is to make the roads "topographically realistic." The results are fantastic, however, especially in the Topo Layer. I want to cover the island in one-lane mountain tracks, paths, hiking trails and livestock runs. These are often quite dense in the real world, even where population density is low - take a look at the trail density in this area in Greece.

Happy mapping and enjoy your northern hemisphere autumn / southern hemisphere spring.

Comment from Ūdilugbulgidħū on 5 October 2016 at 06:53

I failed last months challenge, but its definitely something I plan to come back to.

Country roads - take me home! Good examples from OSM, thanks Luciano. In Shadze-Ma I've got the land cover mapped, but I'll add to some of the rural areas. What would add most interest? Paths, tracks or some small roads? I've got a lot of walls in these areas, so quite a few gates required too. Any suggestions about the 'unenclosed areas' around the edges of these islands. How could they be made more interesting?

Happy mapping Udi

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Comment from BelpheniaProject on 5 October 2016 at 10:15

Great idea! I'm in for the Advanced challenge.

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Comment from tparigo on 5 October 2016 at 10:22

This challenge is an excellent idea !

I will try to do the advanced challenge on one or two islands here : every building in the villages, farms, paths, roads...

Happy mapping. Thomas

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Comment from kingfries on 5 October 2016 at 10:52

I think this is too much small scale work for me, so no thanks :P But I'll take a look at your efforts you did at the end of the month. Some of you guys work is pretty damn amazing...

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Comment from niels20020 on 5 October 2016 at 12:32

This is a fantastic challenge! I'm going to try the advanced challenge (I will probably fail :p) in the area around Árboles. Spanish-speakers know 'árboles' means 'trees', so there will probably come a forest, but I will also create much farmland.

Btw, I'm very curious about the things that will be created during this challenge. It looks so realistic when landcover is used!

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Comment from clik on 5 October 2016 at 13:11

Great idea :) I'll try to work on that area : Aglaia province

This title reminds me of a song from the film Whisper of the heart, Hayao Miyazaki :')

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Comment from Thunderbird on 5 October 2016 at 14:05

Oh man Luciano, I want to do this so badly. But I have this OCD need to finish my city before moving to the suburbs, and finally the country. The city is not my strongest work, I know the rural area will look great when I finally get to it. Ughh, maybe in a year or two!

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Comment from Alessa on 5 October 2016 at 16:44

I'm in! I love it, Luciano. I think I'll do "Easier+." I'm still new at this, so I think I can go a little beyond the easier one. I'm not sure I could quite handle the advanced one yet.

I'll let you know when I tag that cow wandering near the fence. Too bad the beast is a little beyond the realm of the tag "shop=dairy."

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Comment from Pawl on 5 October 2016 at 20:14

Good challenge! I haven't touched a city for a couple of months, so I guess that I'm already doing the easy challenge ;) - basic landcover, country roads and settlements in medieval Wesmandy. I'm not doing too much detail at this stage : it's just a baseline on which to develop the country through time to the 21st century.

I'm wondering whether to take another break from Wesmandy and try the advanced challenge somewhere in Tircambry (probably near Abercenlig).

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Comment from Demuth on 5 October 2016 at 21:07

This is in line with the (little) mapping I've been doing lately! I'm going to try and do the easy challenge, focusing on two areas actually: northwest of Østermark where I have indigenous Piyockeney people living on big reservations, and in the far east which will have very, very few settlements and lots of swamps and water.

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Comment from Aces California on 8 October 2016 at 22:11

You know, first time I will be participating in one of these challenges, I'll try it out. I'll probably attempt the advance challenge. Wouldn't say the area I have planned out is non-developed, since it has a secondary road running down it and a very regional rail-line, but they can both be played into it, and there won't be anything larger than residential roads and rural stations. If you curious, this is the area I am considering. Will get me away from trying hard to cover the larger cities.

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