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Discussion: mapping wiki - is there one?

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Jul 11, 2020 6:35 AM # 
Is there an orienteering mapping wiki? I am trying to start one for my club, but maybe I need to think bigger OR maybe I just need to help with existing.

Once every blue moon there is someone who wants to make a map from scratch and I type up something very approximate on how to use pullauta.exe and open mapper, but it would probably be much better if this would be a concerted/updated/improved process.

I think this is what I would need:
1) wiki page or something similar where history can be audited
2) some login system, using google's identity or maybe facebook's.
3) some storage for sample maps/data.

- software (all free to enable amateur user's).
--- pullauta
--- open mapper
--- qgis
--- purple pen
- where to get LIDAR data
- how to get a map started from LIDAR to a usable sample map in open mapper.
Jul 11, 2020 6:40 AM # 
There are rather stale articles here:
I think it should be a living document, getting updated whenever someone sees something wrong or out of date.
Jul 11, 2020 7:11 AM # 
I'm actually probably going to make some youtube videos / tutorial on these themes from what I have learned over the course of this summer for anybody interested in these topics to pick up quickly. I'm posting my first little tutorial in another thread right now.
Jul 11, 2020 9:24 AM # 
Hit me up.
Jul 11, 2020 3:43 PM # 
Some links on the are there because some of us created threads for ourselves where we just add things for our benefit, like mine, where I started with a systematic way of doing things, updated as needed, or not as time allowed or not. As I have helped some people getting started, it was easier to just share the file than re-writing the instructions.
As I am going through Lidar data of different projections, quality, etc., in a state where I have to figure out everything anew for every freaking county to get the Lidar data into UTM and meter, I got a lot of help from JLaughlin, which I am adding to my file. He graciously shared his file (A Brief Guide....) with me, too. As others could also benefit from his file, I was glad he added it to the OUSA page, and I can thus share it more easily with others, especially our young mappers.
Same is true for Bill's file, where he also shared his file with me because the MapPuzzle and QGIS instructions in there - again not a file intended for publication, but rather a presentation - and then graciously agreed to have it linked on the OUSA page so that this info could be more easily be shared with others
Same is true for the OOM drawing one, where again, it was great when the author's mom shared that with me, and I asked her to please have it added to the OUSA page. All these files have already been of great help to some of our novice mappers.
So Yes, a wiki combining all this beautiful knowledge would be great!
Jul 13, 2020 1:32 PM # 
I wrote a few articles for ONA. Ed Hicks puts on a mapping clinic and the BSA Compass Committee is putting together a "Map Your Scout Camp" training program. This year's course was cancelled due to pandemic concerns.

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