We can take for granted the infrastructure that runs our computers.
the infrastructure that allows us to map, to listen to amplified
music, to refrigerate food. This week we take a look at the power
lines that distribute electricity. Map the high tension lines and
supporting towers as available from aerial imagery.
Find more details about this Project of the Week.
( http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Project_of_the_week/2010/Apr_11 )
This is your Project of the Week. Make suggestions.
( http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Project_of_the_week/Proposals )
New to OpenStreetMap? Join the mailing list for new OSM mappers.
( http://lists.openstreetmap.org/listinfo/newbies )
It’s fun. It’s free. You can help.
Power pylon photo is by “TheAlieness GiselaGiardino²³”
( http://www.flickr.com/photos/gi/ ) and is licensed cc-by-sa
( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ )
For me your hyperlinks are including the end close bracket ")" so taking me to empty pages. Took me ages to spot it…
Thanks Ed, fixed now.
And even if you’re in the U.S., where a good deal of the power line network has been imported from TIGER, there’s still plenty of room for cleanup and improvement: few of the ways line up with the actual power lines, and none of the pylons have been mapped.
I’ve updated the wiki page to (a) give a few ideas on finding places to start, and (b) show what sort of thing you’re looking for on the aerial photos
Minh: *especially* in the US! The TIGER power lines are pretty low-res, incomplete, and have a tendancy to disappear in odd places. Plus, following them you find all sorts of find farms, hydroelectric dams, etc.
"wind farms", even…