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PIA Press Release
2009/06/18

Online mappers to launch Davao mapping party

by RG Alama

Davao City (18 June) -- Davao online mappers are planning to launch a mapping party that would cover every nook and cranny of Davao City, this July, the event would produce a more comprehensive online map of Davao City at openstreetmap.org.

Guesting at the Club 888 media forum at Marco Polo Davao, last Wednesday (June 17) George Tujan, a contributor to openstreetmap.org says that the event will put together many Dabawenyos who can contribute in mapping out the city.

OpenStreetMap (OSM) is a collaborative project aimed in creating a free editable map of the world. Using crowd source technology, the mapping is done by the community itself hence is more comprehensive and detailed as it could include new landmarks, narrow alleys and small roads, ignored by regular maps. Its aim is to map the entire planet which the people can use for free and without any legal obligations.

According to George Tujan, the openstreetmap.org has the most comprehensive map of Davao City. Yet, there are many areas in Davao that are not yet mapped, hence their idea for the mapping party.

Tujan said that these maps have benefits which could be utilized by local businesses. He said that businessmen could put the location of their businesses on the maps which would make it easier to find or be some sort of an advertising vehicle. The service is free as long as they credit the map contributors.

Already the group has already had talks with the Davao City Tourism Operations Officer Bong Aportadera on including local tourism spots as point-of-interests on the online maps of OSM.

Engineer Marloue Pidor, one of the most prolific Dabawenyo contributors to OSM says that a workshop on online mapping will be held at this June 20, Saturday at the DabaweGNU lab at Sobrecarey street in Obrero, this city.

After the workshop, mappers will now proceed to the mapping party. It is a whole-day activity where mappers will be grouped into teams. Each team will be given one Global Positioning System or GPS to map their respective areas in the city. Each team would either be in vehicles, in bikes or would walk around the city. The mapping party is tentatively set on July 4.

Several groups and sectors have chipped in to sponsor the mapping event particularly on the use of the GPS equipment. Pidor and Tujan are inviting Dabawenyos to join the mapping party as there are no registration fees to be collected. The contributed data is free and the map is free.

To those who are interested in joining the mapping party and the mapping workshop you can log on to mapping.ideacampdavao.com for details and registration. (PIA XI) [top]

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