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Archive for September, 2009

Please help get CycleStreets some funding: vote for our Digital Hero!

Friday, September 25th, 2009

We are pleased to announce that Simon, lead developer for CycleStreets, has reached the shortlist for the East Anglian section of the TalkTalk Digital Heroes Digital Heroes awards!

If won, this would be worth £5,000 of much-needed funding for CycleStreets, an OpenStreetMap-based project.

* Please vote for Simon as our ‘Digital Hero’ if you like CycleStreets, and help us get CycleStreets some funding!

If you know others who have used CycleStreets, please do ask them to vote too ( – but obviously please do not spam).

In terms of funding more generally, we will shortly have a donation form available on the website to help with CycleStreets funding more generally, in particular for server costs. If you have any suggestions for grant-funding bodies to which we could apply, we would also be interested to know – do drop us a line.

Thanks to everyone who has given any help with CycleStreets – and indeed OpenStreetMap – so far.

CycleStreets Ltd includes a not-for-profit clause in our governing documents.

P.S. We’ve been working on some routing improvements, including hills recently. Simon will be along on this blog soon to say more about this, in a new series of ‘behind the scenes’ routing blog postings.

Using a GPS to add photos quickly

Friday, September 4th, 2009

Some CycleStreets contributors have said that adding photos to the photomap can be rather addictive. We’ve been working on a new feature that can help make this process even easier and potentially more accurate for those who have a GPS (Global Positioning System) device.

Use the GPS to record a track while you’re out photographing. The location of each photo can be worked out roughly by comparing the time it was taken with the location recorded in the track at that time. We’ve tried to make the process as easy as possible, we’re calling it Geolocation by Synchronization and it is described fully in the help section.

Quickly setting the bearing of a photo

Another small new feature helps to quickly set the bearing when adding to the photomap. Each time the location of a photo is set by moving the marker a blue line and circle will appear. Move the mouse in the direction of the photo and click to set the bearing.  This is also explained in more detail on the help pages.

We welcome your feedback, especially to report bugs or give us route feedback.

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