I have devoted a lot of my free time for more than 2 years creating free geospatial data for the Philippines via openstreetmap.org. My efforts went beyond mapping by trying to build a Phillippine community for OSM. Last year have been a very fruitful year for OSM Philippines.
Two years ago, Metro Manila was like this:
It’s a totally different picture now.
Here’s a look-back of what happened to OSM Philippines for the past year as I have seen its progress.
Expanding the coverage
Simply put, we’ve mapped a lot! Metro Manila is close to being “completed”. Notable cities are Quezon City, Makati, Las Pinas, Manila and Marikina. I was even tempted to declare my mapping area as “complete“
Almost 27,000 kilometers of roads, roughly 13% of all documented roads in the country. But it doesn’t end there, for Metro Manila we’ve added a lot of POIs, buildings, administrative boundaries, detailed coastines, etc.
Available Yahoo! imagery helped a lot but so are gps traces;
and data imports.
Building a community
Last year is mostly about mapping and mapping some more but another event made this all possible. Over 90 mappers joined in our efforts, some of them contribute a little and the fade out for some reasons. A couple have been very active and have focused their efforts on specific areas.
We also started to communicate more through the Philippine dedicated mailing-list and started collaborating with other mapping projects in the country. This collaboration provided expanded coverage in a lot of areas outside Metro Manila.
You can now use the data for your Garmin GPS and we will soon provide a routable version.
Overall, we’ve made an impressive progress.
But as you can see, we have a lot more mapping to do (openstreetmap is never complete btw). But one thing is certain 2009 will be a whole lot better for OSM Philippines (and totally better than other Philippine data).
Want to join in the fun?