Location: Lat. 37.8002, Lon. -122.4038
Led by Sarah Manley (a great hostess) from CloudMade, the gathering was full of volunteers surprisingly from all around the country. After a brief presentation to OSM, I signed out a Garmin eTrex GPS unit, and hit the town. The unit was set to record my position every second so I became a nerd on a mission. This was my first time with a GPS unit, other than one in a car, and I wanted to collect coordinates on everything of interest around the city. In addition to helping OSM collect more data on San Francisco, I also took the chance to flag exact coordinates on some people, places, and events I came across on my day.
Sarah was accommodating for my request for the GPX (a light-weight XML data format for the interchange of GPS data) file and I am now plotting my mapping experience on a version of X3D-Earth that uses OSM data.
(videos of X3D Earth from Byounghyun Yoo, research fellow at NPS)
I currently have my over-sized 3D avatar (body scan from SIGGRAPH) moving along the same route using the GPS coordinates I recorded. This being my first 3D geo-blog on a digital globe, I have decided to include images of those I met, 3d models of places I went, and links to events I saw. I will post a video of this mixed reality journey on my MetaverseOne Channel on Youtube when complete.
I look forward to the next SF OSM party and encourage all interested in GIS/GPS to do the same in your area. Support this great open initiative that is mapping our world one coordinate at a time.
Check out Sarah Manley's blog here.