More OpenStreetMapping

11:53 am PHT

One thing I did over the long weekend was to contribute some more to the OpenStreetMap (OSM) project, something I had been doing last year. This time around, I tackled various places in Metro Manila, not just the southern portions, and I added more types of data and not just streets.

While I haven’t completed my subdivision in Las Piñas from last time, I started filling in the streets in BF Homes Parañaque (where Rico lives, hehehe). I’m 80% done with that large subdivision and the only major part left is the area near Lopez Village. After completing this, I’ll likely conquer Tahanan Village next (where Jayvee lives  :)). You can see a rendered map of the work I’ve done so far below. I’m also done with Tierra Nueva Village, Pacific Village, and North Madrigal Business Park in Alabang, but these are small areas so entering the data was a quick task.

 OpenStreetMap map of eastern BF Homes Parañaque.

Aside from roads and streets, OSM contributors can also mark up land areas, amenities, buildings, and other stuff that you can usually find in street maps. I experimented with these by marking up the building footprints of Alabang Town Center and Festival Supermall and their open-air parking spaces. The rendered map is shown below.

 OpenStreetMap map of Alabang Town Center and Festival Supermall showing the malls’ buildings and parking spaces.

Other places I’ve dipped my map-geeky hands into include the SLEX-Filinvest exit interchange, Eastwood City, Bonifacio High Street and the Fort-C-5 interchange, and the northern half of Ortigas Center. That last one is interesting because the current Yahoo! Maps satellite imagery of that area is obscured by clouds, which is why other OSM contributors have not touched it. But I go to that area at least once a week so I just interpolated my personal knowledge with the information from other street maps to add the streets.

Yeah, I’m really addicted to maps, but I think it’s better than getting addicted to MMORPGs right? At least I'm using my addiction to contribute to society. Hehehe.  :D’,

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