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|Victorian GPS Data Sharing Trial Request
||27-Jan-2011 At 2:45:02 PM
as part of the new "Best of Victoria" guidebook, we will be posting a free file (in various file formats) for travelling climbers to more easily find their way around on our website.
I've been gathering this information in person for some time now. The file I've got also includes some points of interest in NSW and Tassie, although it's only comprehensive (as far as the areas covered in our guide at least) for Victoria.
I am hoping that some kind climbing folk who own a GPS can try uploading my data file and test the method that I think will help so much.
I do have a little story of a certain couple traversing the Dolomites in Italy some years ago and struggling to find their way around and getting serious cranky pants (no we didn't have a GPS at the time). So my motivation and intention is to try and alleviate this tension with any climbing couples travelling to Victoria in the future who can be bothered to upload a file to their GPS.
On this file will be:
- camp sites
- car park locations
- some cliff locations
I hope that it will be very useful for those wanting to use this technology.
In our guidebook will be
- clear maps showing the GPS locations for car parks, camp sites and some cliffs.
So down to it...
if you own, or have access to a GPS I'd love to hear from you, and prove the method for file sharing this data I've been putting together.
Please get in touch with me and request the file via firstname.lastname@example.org
I have a Garmin Nuvi 500 (which I'm very happy with) and a bit of software that came with it called "Map Source", so you can see all your points of interest on the computer, not just the GPS itself. You can easily edit them and also save the file in a few other file formats, including
- Garmin database format 2 (.gdb)
- Garmin database format 3 (.gdb)
- mps files (.mps)
- tab delimited (.txt)
- DXF (.dxf)
- GPS eXchange Format (.gpx)
I'm hoping that we can prove file sharing across different platforms (brands) and models of GPS succesfully.
Hopefully this process won't prove to be too much of a hassle, and be outweighed by having a good amount of quality, proven information.
You should be able to then simply search for "Arapiles" and see listings for "The Pines Campsite", or "Hollow Mountain Car Park", Mt Rosea, or Bundaleer just to name a few.
Righto - over to those techky climbing folk to work your magic (I hope!) and prove my theory!
Josef, Rockmaster Publications
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