Please note: this is not a hiking group or a group to get together and hang out in the woods or to go on group dog walks. Mappers will focus principally on the technology - from GPS use to software platforms such as Open Street Mapping, Field Papers and JOSM - to map the trails and nature of West North Carolina, starting with Asheville. The group will have the goal of producing accurate and detailed maps of the Asheville area.
We will share knowledge, procedures and expertise about GPS, related software (Basecamp, mkgmap, JOSM, etc), web sites such as Openstreetmapping.org and FieldPapers.org and learn how to contribute to the world's greatest wiki map and then use the results on your GPS. Group will require meetings and reconnaissance of features that need to be mapped as the group determines what to map.
Mappers should be aware of basic GPS and computer use. People with any expertise are especially encouraged to join and lead.
Everyone benefits from better maps, including the health of the trail system and the people who use it. Without this group ever having met once, it has already received the complaint that the idea of mapping local trails is dangerous.
The organizer of this group remembers the World Wide Web when it first appeared as a clunky green pixel logo originating out of a laboratory off in the ether. That complaint, about the danger of developing better maps, might just be the most ridiculous thing he has ever heard in those 20+ years online. Information improves people's lives. Hiding information doesn't. Maps are a basic tool that have been used for the betterment of humanity since they were conceived.
Let's make the highest-quality local maps in the world.
And let's keep them free forever and for anyone.