By Andres on 6 February 2018
These are the locations where you can reach me.
Registered address in Teddington. Community address in Ham. And business address in Kingston.
This gives me a perfect opportunity to talk about a job. There is a small wood land called Petersham Common Woods. They are managed by a community group that needed to have their trees documented i.e. tagged. They found that software developed for this task tagging and geolocation in a map. Is normally proprietary and only makes sense for large forests. The cost is also prohibitive with a yearly licence fee.
The alternative I offered was to use Open street Maps. They could either keep the tagged trees with their geolocation on a local computer or to avoid the Bus Scenario* they could upload it to the open street map servers. The latter is very useful to provide long life to the project.
So what I did was write some documentation so that we could have a process in place in order to do this. This is now hosted in the OSM and I encourage anybody that like woodlands and local comunity to help out! Looking after woodlands is a joint effort.
*By Bus Scenario I mean what happens when the owner of a project or the person who keeps all in their mind is suddenly hit by a bus (or something just as unlikely).