I led a mapping party yesterday to celebrate the 10th anniversary of OpenStreetMap. Some THF!2014 participants and PerroVerd and Joana from Barcelona went mapping at Vallbona D’anoia. We started at Calafou, and walked to the town centre, where ATM machines, shops, a nice slow food restaurant La Fonda del Saumell (blog), sport centre, sport pitches, parks, car parks, other amenities were mapped.
One participant Eva (from Madrid) commented during the mapping, it’s amazing to see this little village got so many facilities. There were so many things to map, and we still didn’t exhaust mapping all local attractions.
When I told the participants that they could map a bird house on a tree at Calafou, someone asked: “But how if the bird house was removed or damaged?” I answered: “Good question. That’s the reason why the Map would never be complete. There’s never going to be a finished map. There’s always something to add or fix.”
Here are the screenshots of the OSM map and the Google Map before the mapping party (as of 9 August 2014):
And this is how Vallbona D’anoia looks like on OpenStreetMap now (as of 17 August 2014 22:30 GMT+1):
And how it looks like on Google Map (still the same, as far as I can see):
Some photographs taken during the mapping party:
During my stay at Calafou, I had also been improving the other residential area ‘Castell de Cabrera’ and this is how it looks like on OpenStreetMap now (as of 17 Aug 2014, 22:30 GMT+1):
Compared to how it looks like on Google Map, it has much more detailed geographical information:
But Google Map wins when it comes to the other nearby village on the other side of the hills where all the roads were named after numbers (rather than names). A total virgin land for OpenStreetMappers. Anyone up for a challenge?
— OpenStreetMap Burgos (@osmburgos) August 7, 2014
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