[Ansteorra] Fw: Pennsic GPS Mapping Project
rixende at mail2noble.com
Mon Jun 21 06:41:26 PDT 2004
>From another list that I am on. I thought that there may be some people
in Ansteorra interested in assisting with this project.
Please respond directly to Ryan Mackenzie at rdpierce @ pobox.com
From: rdpierce at pobox.com
Sent: 6/20/2004 7:20:01 PM
Subject:Pennsic GPS Mapping Project
The following involves severe electrical gadget geekiness, and my wife
and friends think I'm crazy for attempting this, so apologies in
Permission to forward granted.
Recently I acquired a GPS that could accept downloaded maps. (Garmin
GPS V) So, when driving, I can see almost exactly where I am relative
to city streets, query for directions to the nearest gas station, etc.
Searching the web, I uncovered various software packages that can be
used to make user-created maps and download them onto my GPS. And I know
that THL Geoffrey of Wroxeter did professional surveying of Pennsic. So,
putting two and two together, the plan was hatched....
What I'd like to do is make a downloadable map that will have, for
starters, all land blocks, roads, parking lots, and assorted points
of interest. (I.e. Royal encampments, Chirurgeons Point, A&S class
tents, battlefields, archery range, etc.) This could be useful as a
tool for newcomers to Pennsic, for people wanting to explore places
they haven't been before without worrying about getting lost, or
as an emergency backup when one has imbibed a bit too much mead and
can't figure out how to get home. ;-)
I'm looking for people who are interested in this project, to help
in several areas. I'd like to have a beta version available for
this Pennsic, but I can't make it this year, so people who could
walk around, check for accuracy, and give feedback would be useful.
I can also use help with the content, too, i.e. what things would be
useful to people and should be added to the map, etc. And I could
use help from people interested in making this compatible with GPS's
other than Garmin. So please email me if this project
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