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Maptalk Events Help
What is Maptalk Events?
Maptalk events is a database driven
system. The system is open to all who run events under the orienteering
banner. This includes foot orienteering, mountain bike orienteering,
rogaining, ski orienteering, mountain marathons and running events organised
by orienteering clubs or groups. This events website is an official
page of the New Zealand Orienteering Federation.
What events can be posted?
Any event that has navigation involved can be posted. Also any event that is run by orienteering clubs or groups can be posted, if for fund raising.
Posting an Event:
Editing an Event:
Deleting an Event:
Running a Multi-Day or more than one event per day:
The way the system has been set
up is that every single event needs an individual posting. For
days with more than one event per day this means posting both.
Please note: Events may not show on the listings in the
order that they may run on the day (eg AM first then PM second)
- but they will definitely show for that day.
Posting more than one event with different accounts:
If doing this you will need to
logout before proceeding to login with the next account to post the
* Starred fields indicate that
these are shown on the "brief listings". For Event Name and Location
please keep it very short and precise.
Event Name* - This can be anything,
eg "Waitangi Day 1 Long". Please no longer than this.
Date* - The exact date of the
event. If this is a rogaine, this should be the start date.
Map - The map name. If
this is a rogaine, you can put location here as well or start point.
Club* - All orienteering clubs
in NZ are listed here. Overseas clubs or other organizations need
to put "Other" for this field.
Location* - The nearest town /
city. Please make this as accurate as possible and this isn't by default
the main centre for your club!
Region - Auckland is typically
the Bombays North. Central Districts is from here to the bottom of Lake
Taupo (excl Hawke's Bay and Taranaki). Wellington covers the rest
of the North Island.
Signposted from - A point on
a well known road etc. You can put in driving directions in here as
well. This is a very important feature for new participants so
take care and do it properly.
Country - Self explanatory.
Event type - This is for the
main type of the event. For events that have more than one type at the
same event eg Foot and MTBO, consider placing two postings so that the
appropriate filters will work.
Event level - Self explanatory
for orienteering events. Typically A-level is National Championships
or large events, B-level is of lower national level, OY is for a regional
series and club is just an every day event.
Other details - Take the opportunity
to write everything that is required in here, an example is to explain
the terrain and previous uses. You can always come back to update
this field closer to the event as well.
Pre-entry - If there is pre-entry
requirements fill it in here. If people can also enter on the day then
put this in "other details".
Closing date - This will only
show if pre-entry is "Yes".
Sport Ident - This is a timing
system used in orienteering. It basically means does the event
use electronic timing. For rogaines there is a Yes - Other, if using
the NavLight electronic timing system.
Name - A contact persons name.
Phone - Remember to put in an
Email address - Say your email
is firstname.lastname@example.org, it is recommended you write it in this
field as "me AT mymail.com". This will stop spam systems picking
up your email address.
Website - Remember to start
with www. If you start with http:// then the website will not
work properly. Once you have posted an event test the link.
Contacting the administrator:
The current administrator of the
website is Simon Addison. He can be contacted via his email: [
simonjaddison AT gmail.com ]. Please contact him if
for some reason you need an event listing deleted but the event owner
cannot do it, or if you need to have an event edited and again the event
owner cannot do it. Please minimize this requirement by making
sure measures are taken to ensure the event owner or others can fulfill
the editing/deleting requirements.
In late 2005 there were issues
around clubs in NZ and their event listings on the internet. This
ranged from some clubs not having websites, through to information being
out of date and the fact that some didn't give full details - resulting
in new orienteers not knowing enough about the events to attend. Along
with this competitors from overseas were finding it hard to find details
of events held in NZ.
It was at this stage that Simon
Addison and Fraser Mills got together to make a database system which
was easy to use and would be beneficial to all map-sports in NZ.
Hosting and coding clashes meant that this database could not be hosted
on www.nzorienteering.com, so this is why it is hosted on www.maptalk.co.nz.
The NZ Orienteering Federation
(NZOF) in 2006 agreed to take the website onboard and to ensure it would
last. This events system is now an official NZOF website and subsequently
any comments or recommendations should be forwarded to both the administrator
and the NZOF General Manager.
Development of the system is an
ongoing thing. Feedback is appreciated.
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