Thursday, February 28, 2013

Cloud hunting on GMaps

So i have been thinking of what other ways to contribute to the Sri Lanka GMapping effort.

One thing i came across in many areas when surfing through the GMaps is that there are still a number of areas that are completely or partially covered by clouds. Google has put up a way for everyone to report such incidences but the link is quite hard to spot and it took me a while to realize that it has been there from the beginning.

To report unclear imagery -or any other detail for that matter, you can simply use the "Report a problem" link placed towards bottom right of the GMaps window. This link takes you to the same place.

I'm planning to spend some time with hunting for locations that are obscured due to clouds. Hopefully, it will help to improve the quality of overall GMaps experience in some way for everyone.

Looking forward to MapUp Colombo 2013 event that is scheduled to happen on this weekend. "Map Maker Sri Lanka Community" page is a good place to get started on the local mapping activities.

Update : I will be adding all the locations i report here as i go on, it will be easy for me to keep track.

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Ingress #nianticproject

So i received my #ingress invite yesterday after a long wait. I picked Resistance, was leaving towards that anyway since i heard about it first. Not much portals in Colombo -or in Sri Lanka for that matter but luckily there is one portal near to office within about 1/2 kilometer walk.

It would be fun if we had more portals to acquire and there seems to be a way for everyone -well, not Everyone to submit photos of their chosen places to be considered for a portal.

There are some guidelines to follow, but plenty of places that fit the case. Hopefully, more people will follow course.

Thursday, February 21, 2013


So I have started doing a little bit of google mapping on the side. It was confusing at first, but gotten a lot easier with the help of few people and just by being at it for a while. Started with my neighborhood and went on to mark the roads and lanes etc. and now I'm marking out other features (like paddy fields) in certain areas.

If someone is interested in getting started i'd suggest joining the regional community sites located here and get in touch with the regional experts.For the folks living in Sri Lanka, regional community site is here.

Finally I have few things i feel like putting up in here, planning to do so soon.