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What software does your club use for mapping?

Show Profile  Jane H Posted: 12 June 2017, 9:55 AM  
- All its major maps have been made using OCAD.
- the twenty school maps produced in the last two years for Kiwi-O have been done using OOM.

Its a problem when we want to join one of these OOM maps with the older urban (OCAD) map ... not impossible but a big headache for some poor sucker. ( Probably just as quick to remap the school in OCAD ).

Show Profile  Rolf Posted: 16 June 2017, 6:34 PM  
Thanks for the tip Jenni.
PS, I tried to email Carsten a while back via his email shown at
Is he still using that email?

Show Profile  Rolf Posted: 16 June 2017, 6:41 PM  
Paul I . Just to clarify.
At this point we think OOM is better for urban / park maps. We have no mapping enthusiast in the club (yet!) so hopefully OOM will open the door to several club members to do low level mapping or map corrections.
I should think that more rural maps that require more mapping/contour skill will be done by a 'Pro' in OCAD.

It seems that conversion between the 2 system is workeable, so I think there is little risk either way.

Show Profile  Jenni Posted: 18 June 2017, 6:35 PM  
Yes that's the correct email. Carsten doesn't remember getting an email from you...

Show Profile  addison Posted: 19 June 2017, 12:45 AM  
What about the possibility of using a remote access computer (or multiple computers remotely) that results in less need for individuals to have new ocad licences?

Show Profile  nh Posted: 20 June 2017, 5:21 PM  
This is something that the Mapping Committee is concerned about. A lot of people need to try map drawing, before a few get the interest to gain experience. None of the OCAD options are particularly convenient as they are all single-user licences.

We see a couple of strategies for getting over this. One is pressure on OCAD. An individual approach is not going to succeed, or even as a country – we are tiny. In 2012 Michael Wood persuaded ONZ to try and gain the support of the IOF to negotiate with OCAD. While this has produced letters, it has not produced any response from OCAD. Neither ONZ nor IOF seem to have followed through without needling from the Mapping Committee.

Another strategy is to use the free alternative, OOM (and that might be another way of putting pressure on OCAD). OOM is quite satisfactory for many maps, but we start from the premise that easy interchange of files between OCAD and OOM is required before we can recommend it. The Mapping Committee is aware of several issues relating to the conversion of OOM to OCAD and vice versa.

Lately, Mapping Committee attention has been diverted to the new mapping specification. We have negotiated with the Technical Committee and composed advice at three different levels of detail. This has been dwarfed by the consequences of IOF’s change to most of the symbol numbers. We’ll return to the OOM/OCAD task when this is over.




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