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Working collaboratively on OCAD

Could be a great nmtbo area

Three situations for working collaboratively on OCADCollaboration image

The primary reasons I see for using this facility are

  1. collaboration between mapper and course planner
  2. collaboration between multiple mappers of an area
  3. for a major event, monitoring by the mapping co-ordinator of mapper progress and compliance

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Auto Generated Orienteering Maps for WOC 2016

Topo socks

Really? Auto generated orienteering maps?

Well yes and no. Read all about it on the WOC Sweden 2016 website. If you haven’t seen such maps before you will be surprised if not amazed. Continue reading Auto Generated Orienteering Maps for WOC 2016

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The Lost Art of Navigation?

Map and Compass are not dead in the great outdoors…

… according to Tarquin Cooper and British adventurers Alastair Humphreys and Tristan Gooley (also author of The Natural Navigator).

Read the article The Lost Art of Navigation to find out why map and compass should still be used in this age of GPSrs.

Lichen on all sides
Lichen on all sides

btw I rather wonder whether The Natural Navigator has the tip about finding direction by checking for lichen growing on the side of trees? This photo is of the north side of a sign in Wheatsheaf, VIC. If you didn’t notice the other sides, which were similarly lichened, then you would likely be in directional trouble.

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Australian National Map and VicMap 40th

Australia online map 2014

Australia online 2D/3D map

The Department of Communications has released the National Map, an Open Data initiative, as it moves to boost the number of publicly available datasets.

The project gives users access to a single platform for government geospatial datasets, including those from the Bureau of Meteorology, Australian Bureau of Statistics and

The geospatial data is visually presented in a map format, enabling users to see the data that they extract.

Currently available datasets cover information on land, water, infrastructure, broadband access, boundaries and population, with more to come.

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VicMap 1:25,000 Map Series as Georeferenced PDF

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VicMap Topographic Mapping Newsletter Feb 2014

Newcastle 1913 topo
Newcastle 1913 – Australia’s 1st topo map

This issue of VicMap TopoNews advises that 1:25,000 maps are now available online as georeferenced PDF. These are A0 size and complement the 1:30,000 georeferenced PDFs at A4, A3 and custom sizes.

The A0 map physically is 841 x 1,189 mm which covers 24 x 14 km. At 1:25,000 scale this comfortably fits all editions of OCAD 11.

The 1:25,000 PDFs were last updated in 2012 while the 1:30,000 PDFs were 2013. The A3 size of the latter are as fresh as Dec 2013.

For how to access and more info, visit

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A reminder that the Avenza PDF Maps app for Android and iOS, will enable you to interact with the 1:30 000 and 1:25 000 PDF map series.