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Old January 30th 05, 10:13 AM
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Hello,

I'd like to announce the all-new version of Freemap - the free
online mapping service aimed at users of the countryside, including
walkers,
cyclists and horse riders. Freemap is now running on a
dedicated server and has several extra features compared to the
prototype
from last year, most notably the inclusion of contours.

Freemap aims to provide free maps of the UK countryside which, unlike
Ordnance Survey maps and the like, do not have restrictions on what you
can
do with them. In other words, you can copy the maps, print them,
incorporate
them in your own website and even sell them without fear of legal
repercussions. The only thing I do ask is that you keep any
reproductions
under the same terms; the maps are copyrighted under a Creative Commons
Licence (more details on the website). The maps are generated by
Ordnance
Survey-independent GPS surveys.

Freemap maps include:
- rights of way (footpaths, bridleways, roads, etc), now represented as
dashed lines, much as on paper maps (NEW!)
- villages and towns
- landscape features (hills, churches, pubs, farms, lakes, woods,
viewpoints
etc) now with nicer fonts for the labels (NEW!)
- contours, generated from freely-available NASA Shuttle Radar
Topography
Mission (SRTM) data (NEW!)
- distance measuring by dragging the mouse

and in the near future to aim include:
- information about a landscape feature, village, pub by clicking on it
- information about what can be seen from a viewpoint by clicking on it

- photos of views along a particular path which you can view before
walking it
- a database of good walks in the area.

Much of what Freemap is about is a collaborative effort to map the
whole
country; obviously one person cannot do that on their own!!! Freemap
allows you
to perform GPS surveys of the paths in your own area and upload them to
the
site. At the moment, only the Sussex/Surrey/Hampshire border area
(approximately a triangle joining Petersfield, Midhurst and Hindhead,
just
north of the South Downs, for those who know that area) is mapped but
if enough
people contribute, the area could expand quite rapidly! I have
personally done
an area of approximately 50 square miles in 7 months (April-June and
August-December 2004). On the site you can sign up to become a Freemap
contributor.

Finally please bear in mind Freemap is a work in progress, my
philosophy is
release early, release often. Nonetheless it has moved on significantly
from the prototype from last year, for those of you who saw that.
Please read
the "About" and "Future" sections for Freemap's future development
plans. Any
positive suggestions, and ideas for improvement, please let me know!
You can find the new Freemap at

http://www.free-map.org.uk/

Nick

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Old January 30th 05, 04:19 PM
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Finally please bear in mind Freemap is a work in progress, my
philosophy is
release early, release often. Nonetheless it has moved on significantly
from the prototype from last year, for those of you who saw that.
Please read
the "About" and "Future" sections for Freemap's future development
plans. Any
positive suggestions, and ideas for improvement, please let me know!
You can find the new Freemap at


Would be nice if locations, e.g. pubs, bed and breakfasts could be stored
using standard waypoint GPS files then your site could offer the waypoint
file (possibly by clicking on it on the map) and display it on the map by
reading the waypoint data (i'm sure this is possible but would take a while
to implement test etc).

Perhaps also if someone else could join in on the act with PPC or Palm
programming and GPS experience, you could create some sort of freeware
memorymap type application without the Ordance Survey restrictions. I have
no idea how much time those things take though so wouldn't know whether
someone would want to do it free.


 




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