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plamadude30k
05-10-2010, 04:50 AM
For quite a long time now I've had a AAA roadmap of the UK (at least, I think it's a AAA map, I could be wrong) above my workplace; throughout several apartments, two years in the dorms, and back home, this map has gone everywhere with me. It's a very dense, highly detailed map, and as it sits directly above where I work I thought it might be fun as a diversion during my finals study breaks to try and replicate it. Here's a picture of my workplace with the map above, for reference:

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I'm doubtful that I'll ever be able to finish this map since it's so dense, but I'll give it a try-it turns out it's a nice break from my other mapping project. Here's where I've gotten so far:

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I should mention before I forget, I was at least partially inspired by the amazing maps (and skills) on display in this thread. (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?9711-Procedural-mapping-style-experiments) You should check it out, it's awesome.

tilt
05-10-2010, 06:35 AM
wow... that's a big project you've got ahead of you... I wish you the best of .. luck.. stamina? *lol*

jwbjerk
05-10-2010, 10:58 AM
Making a map is a great way to learn geography. If you do this, i bet you'll be able to drive all over the UK without a map.

Redrobes
05-10-2010, 12:26 PM
Never heard of AAA but they have a website www.aaa.com so its a US thing I think. They have an affiliate program which links to our more regular AA which is the automobile association - they are the UKs oldest (premiere?) breakdown recovery, insurance and all things car people. They make a lot of UK road maps and issue a huge ring bound atlas style UK map covering all the roads each year so its possible that this is a spin of one of those.

Also dont miss out on :
http://www.openstreetmap.org/
which is open vector data for UK streets garnered from user generated GPS logs. Its licensed with CC so if you use it then your map would have to be CC too cos its a share alike but its free to use as in beer and mostly free as in speech.

If you use that then I think you will be ok, if not then lordy you need help ! That would be a massive undertaking.

plamadude30k
05-10-2010, 04:24 PM
Never heard of AAA but they have a website www.aaa.com so its a US thing I think. They have an affiliate program which links to our more regular AA which is the automobile association - they are the UKs oldest (premiere?) breakdown recovery, insurance and all things car people. They make a lot of UK road maps and issue a huge ring bound atlas style UK map covering all the roads each year so its possible that this is a spin of one of those.

Also dont miss out on :
http://www.openstreetmap.org/
which is open vector data for UK streets garnered from user generated GPS logs. Its licensed with CC so if you use it then your map would have to be CC too cos its a share alike but its free to use as in beer and mostly free as in speech.

If you use that then I think you will be ok, if not then lordy you need help ! That would be a massive undertaking.

Yeah, I think you just saved me several years of work on this map; thanks for that! I don't mind that it has a CC license, I think that's pretty cool, actually. I'm assuming it's more detailed than I need, it looks like my map is mostly A, B, and probably C roads. I guess my major problem now is finding geo data. It's not really my intention to ever actually finish it, though, I'd like it to be a continuing background project that I can go to when I'm bored or feel like doing something different.

As for the source of the map, I just realized that I was looking right at it-it is a AAA map (and AAA is a US organization as you thought). If you look in the picture on the far left above the inset of London, you'll see the logo.

Diamond
05-10-2010, 07:04 PM
AAA is also my car insurance company. And dude, you're insanely awesome to start a project of this magnitude. :D

plamadude30k
05-10-2010, 09:07 PM
I don't know about awesome. Probably just insane, but I knew that already!

Davros01
05-11-2010, 06:56 AM
GL!! I think you are in for some long hours and some hard work. Should be worth it in the end.

Sinnyo
05-11-2010, 01:44 PM
Mmm, you've inspired me to dig my own map of the UK out. I miss having such insanely-detailed pieces on the wall; they make staring into space so much more productive!


Never heard of AAA but they have a website www.aaa.com so its a US thing I think. They have an affiliate program which links to our more regular AA which is the automobile association - they are the UKs oldest (premiere?) breakdown recovery, insurance and all things car people. They make a lot of UK road maps and issue a huge ring bound atlas style UK map covering all the roads each year so its possible that this is a spin of one of those.

I couldn't help but smile; the AA has its headquarters here in Basingstoke, and it's there I did my secondary school work experience, in the cartography department near the top floor of Fanum House. Quite an awakening as I went about at the age of 15, plotting London street maps and re-drawing layouts for Gatwick Airport. I haven't returned to map-making in Quark XPress since, though...

Anyway, enough of my meandering. Good luck with the project, Plamadude! It looks like it certainly would keep you busy!

plamadude30k
05-11-2010, 02:41 PM
...I haven't returned to map-making in Quark XPress since, though...

Oh man, Quark XPress. That takes me back to my high-school newspaper early days. Thankfully, we switched to indesign before I had to do too much with quark, but I still remember it as being intensely annoying.

As for the map, I'm hoping I can get some work done this afternoon. I need a break from all my studying!

gilgamec
05-11-2010, 02:46 PM
This looks really ambitious! Just a suggestion: don't try to do the entire island of Britain at once, it may be too big to chew. For your own sanity, start with something smaller. I went for Jamaica in my recreations because, in the atlases I used, it's small, with not a lot of roads or towns, so it's not too bad to start. If you start with something small (the Isle of Man looks about the right size) you can get the map style down before you go crazy with thousands and thousands of roads and towns .

Good luck! I'm looking forward to seeing more of this project!

plamadude30k
05-12-2010, 12:45 AM
That's probably a good idea, gilgamec. Just out of curiosity, how did you import the road data into your Jamaica map? I'm having a bit of difficulty with that bit at the moment.

gilgamec
05-12-2010, 03:09 AM
Just out of curiosity, how did you import the road data into your Jamaica map? I'm having a bit of difficulty with that bit at the moment.I grabbed the road data from http://www.maproom.psu.edu/dcw/ and converted it to a list of points, which I could read into Asymptote (the procedural drawing program I use) directly. If you're using Illustrator, Inkscape, or something similar, you could probably do the same thing with SVG; that is, convert the ARCInfo polylines, which look like this:

7.7930138E+01 1.8470718E+01 7.7917450E+01 1.8458904E+01
7.7914314E+01 1.8458422E+01 7.7908096E+01 1.8452629E+01
7.7904953E+01 1.8453297E+01 7.7896950E+01 1.8460600E+01
7.7887535E+01 1.8461683E+01 7.7878410E+01 1.8457710E+01into SVG polylines:

<polyline points="7.7930138E+01,1.8470718E+01 7.7917450E+01,1.8458904E+01
7.7914314E+01,1.8458422E+01 7.7908096E+01,1.8452629E+01
7.7904953E+01,1.8453297E+01 7.7896950E+01,1.8460600E+01
7.7887535E+01,1.8461683E+01 7.7878410E+01,1.8457710E+01"/>
which you can open as vector data.