Mapping party@ Durgapur and neighboring places (16th and 17th Oct 2009)

There has been a discussion between Indranil Das Gupta and us regarding the problem we face due to lack of GPS devices and some more mapping parties in Durgapur area.

On 16th and 17th we decided  to map  Durgapur and neighboring places. Primarily Kushal wanted to map his village and we decided to help him to map his village Ukhra and also map Durgapur . IOTA resource center at WBSU(Barasat) extended us a  helping hand by lending us three Garmin Etrex Vista H. So with the new gps’s in our hand we now had a total of 5 GPS.

On 16-OCT-2009 :We went to Ukhra on 16th to map the village.Me,Arindam,Kushal and another guy from that village joined the party. Since we had two bikes and the village was small.We completed all major roads and even some narrowest living streets within  an hour.

Here is how Ukhra looks like now as compared a complete blank previously.

On 17th Oct 2009 : A resource person from WBSU was suppose to come during the event but he didn’t make it though .So We started around 1 Pm. I was a little late but Arindam,Harsh,Sonu,Ratnadeep and Bama started.



Ratnadeep and Bama became the local team.They mapped Fuljhore (where they live) along with neighboring areas.While the rest of the team went on cycling covering edges of Bidhanagar area.



I met them in Muchipara and on my way I mapped some of the important point of interest.

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I had the etrex H GPS devices, so distributed them and we split into individual teams.

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I had a Moped while rest were in cycles.I tried and mapped some far away place like PCBL,Durgapur Bazaar etc. Arindam and rest took charge of mapping the area with details. Sonu knew the place very well and helped us a lot with that.My GPS clocked 34.4 KM after more than an hour of mapping. Our meeting point was BCET gate.

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We met and decided to head over for some food as day long traveling was taking toll on us. We accumulated the total distance covered which was something around 100KM’s. Bama requested us to take a GPS to map his city in Bankura so we lent one of ours. So some good  amount of data was accumulated  during the session. Since it was a festival day we decided not to do a editing session and it was dark already. Me and Arindam took care of the edits which will keeping pouring  during the weekends.

Here’s some of what has been done.

Durgapur before edits :


And here is durgapur after basic edits of 17102009 data


Here are some pics of Edit in progress.


Another Edit in Progress screenshot:


There will be a follow up post soon as edits are done.


First Barcamp and Tweetup at Kolkata

At last kolkata got its way to barcamp and tweetup , Though situation of the city made its presence on the people attending the barcamp.

I reached barcamp venue at IITKGP EXT center at around 10:15 AM .The preparation were still going on , However people started coming only after 11 . However organiser decided to wait for a little long for some more people to come up .

At around 11:30 AM things started , Sessions were superb , the timeline can be found here .

I did a session named “fun with JOSM” in which i introduced OpenStreetMap and JOSM and it did  earned some attention .

Some of the interesting session were by Shwetank Dixit , Amitabh Choudhary,YuYu Din,etc .

At around 6Pm things packed up .

on the note : IIT KGP guys did a good organising on there part ,wifi were working ,and food was good .

The Barcamp twitter followup can be found under hashtag #bckol ,

And hey #bckol is a trend in twitter : see here .

After Barcamp we decided to had a tweetup , There was a little confusion over the place but we decided to move to Mani Square for the Tweetup .There were seven people ,@subhodip,@aritra_m ,@indradg,@imba ,@epandu ,@yuyudin and @tathagata .

The tweetup followup can be searched under hashtag #tweetupkol

Indradg wasnt a twitter user but after the tweetup he is 🙂

The tweetup was superb as we come to know many people and it was fun .

Group Photo

So , The barcamp has finally started in kolkata and its our turn to keep the momentum up .

GSoC meetup at Google R&D Bangalore office.

28th july was scheduled for the meetup about which i was very excited. Reached Bangalore on 27th and rested for the day .

On 28th reached Google’s office at old madras road . At reception me along with other GSoC students were given stickers on which our names were printed . We were recieved by Aishwarya k and were given a hearty welcome .Though photography inside was forbidden .

our meetup was scheduled in two halves . First half was mainly googlers explaining Google’s work culture and their way of work . Its so amazing . One thing i found interesting is that Google’s way of thinking is very much open source though technlogy used is little bit different.

Then we had lunch . This is a google part as we were introduced to new googler’s or nooglers and learnt from their experiences . We talked about out project with them .

One thing to notice is people be it the office head or security gaurd are all treated equally as compared to typical indian offices . I liked that .

The second half after lunch was our time to give presentations . though most were not ready with it and gave wonderful talks without it . i somehow managed to take help from the slides i created .

The last part was a round round trip within the office and saw the googlers working . it was nice .

We recieved few goodies and finally it was time to depart . I didnt managed to do good clicks but sarath managed to do so .

[GSoC] GPSBabel Plugin For JOSM –status == complete

*phew * after a lot of silly mistakes and fight ..finally gpsbabel plug in available for josm ..that what i can say watching by JOSM firing up a nice gpsbabel gui in my machine .

Thanks a lot to my Mentor Raphael Mack . and Josm Dev people for bearing all the silly mistake and i will try to lower the rate of doing so in my next parts .

So I guess part 1 of my project is complete … is it ??? bugs ??  . Any bugs will be handled later on .. need to shift to part 2 as i am getting behind schedule .

A screenshot .

<resolved > didn’t manage to take snapshot of the menu though … any suggestions out here ????????

Bugs : Currently cancel or close buttun if pressed closed JOSM too … Will be reloved in next part when cancel and execute button will be handled properly.

<resloved> cancel button bug and exit button now works properly .

Next part will be :Direct GPX Upload from JOSM

Need a lot of work out here .. so will take time … I will be uploading the plugin soon some where ..

You can get the JAR file  from here : Do keep posting about bugs in comment section of this post .

N.B . This jar file works on linux only . For those who want to use it in Windows .Please do bear for some more time .

Happy Testing 😛