[LINK] gps on kids...

Richard Chirgwin rchirgwin at ozemail.com.au
Fri Jan 16 16:54:21 AEDT 2009

Marghanita da Cruz wrote:
> Richard Chirgwin wrote:
>> Marghanita da Cruz wrote:
>>> Richard Chirgwin wrote:
>>>> However, in a properly FOSS attitude, those who have the devices could
>>>> always capture and publish where they've been ... I'd bet with not
>>>> much
>>>> effort a good cycleway map would emerge pretty quickly. Just as
>>>> long as
>>>> you don't let it near the Openstreetmap guys, who (sorry for dumping a
>>>> bucket on a popular project) don't much care about data quality ...
>>>> (I often wonder why more people don't put their GPS tracks on the
>>>> Internet. For example, bushwalkers. Once you've been to Mount Sol
>>>> with a
>>>> GPS, there's no reason not to share the file ...)
>>> Part of bushwalking used to be map reading, land marks and deciding on
>>> your route. It is the paths and landmarks not the route that you want
>>> to know about.
>> It still is ... I don't go on anything but trivial walks without a topo
>> in the bag.
> So, are topos being replaced by satellite images eg those on google?
No ... a topo gives specific and accurate information. A satellite image
is a pretty picture...

I don't mean to sound dismissive there, but take a good look at a sat
image, say of the Blue Gum Forest ... it would take a damn fine image
analyst to find those parts of the the Perrys Lookdown walk that are
even visible from the satellite.

>> Even so, most people find a topographic map somewhat intimidating,
>> especially if you've gotten away from where you thought you were... I
>> wouldn't position any GPS as making map-reading redundant. But it would
>> be a nice addition to sharing walks. For eg: I could (and probably soon
>> will) publish GPS tracks of recent walks, identifying places where the
>> instructions in popular walks books are confusing or incorrect. I just
>> need to get the little handheld GPS talking to the Linux box...
> <snip>
> Perhaps it time to sign up to SLUG...
> Marghanita

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