CloudMade – The Isle of Man Mapped

Proving that you don’t need huge resources, trucks or high end hardware the guys from CloudMade – Steve Coast and Nick Black along with long time OpenStreetMap contributor, Andy Robinson have been mapping the Isle of Man.

Using a GPS, three bikes and a car all of the roads, rivers, train-tracks and airports as well as a huge number of the car parks,restaurants, schools and other amenities of the Isle of Man have been mapped in little under a week.

Best of all the map is being made available via the OpenStreetMap project free of charge. The total cost of project was under £4000 although to be honest most of that is the cost of the laptops, a complete breakdown of equipment is below:

6 x GPS Units (£360)
3 x Digital Cameras (£450)
3 x Laptops (£2100)
10s x rechargeable batteries (£15)
100s x elastic bands (£2)

Its a different world compared to the large mapping companies, but if we wanted a map making we know who we would call – see http://www.cloudmade.com/ for full details.

You can take a sneak preview of the map before it makes its way onto OpenStreetMap.

Author Bio

Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.

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