Field Papers Exercise

Part I

Look at the printed maps you've been given. Orient them with respect to one another and with respect to your perspective on the actual location on the Mills Campus.

1. Just from inspection, try to identify features that are either missing or erroneous in the OSM (open street map - the one that does not have aerial photography background) version. On a separate sheet of paper make a note of these.

2. Now, visit some part of the area shown and make note of any (not too tiny) features that might be interesting but are not in the OSM map.

3. On either the aerial photo version or the OSM version, draw these in. Use lines, dots, or polygons as appropriate.

Part II: How did I make that map for you?

1. Go to FieldPapers.ORG

2. Register - write your username and password somewhere secure.

3. Have a look around. Check out some examples of what folks have done*.

4. Return to the home page (FieldPapers.ORG) and "make an atlas"

5. Tell field papers you'd like to find Mills College in Oakland, CA


6. Use the controls to zero in on the location of interest. NOTE: hover over controls to get a tool tip.


Note, especially, the useful zoom in/out and recenter map buttons on the left.


7. Once you have framed the area, you can decide what kind of map you want to produce. The first option is whether the layout is landscape or portrait - the answer depends on the shape of the area you have selected. Open Street Map format is what you are looking at. You can produce a black and white version of this (for laser printer or to save color ink), or you can produce, instead, a satellite image map with or without labels.


8. Once you have selected your map type, click on Next and provide some information about the atlas you are making. You can make it private or public. Then click Next.

Now select a layout for your atlas - completely up to you. You should click on "Add a UTM grid overlay to each map?" just so you can start thinking like a cartographer. If you don't know what UTM means, click the link and read the Wikipedia page. And then click FINISHED.

8. When the atlas is complete (it can take a few minutes), save the URL for submission as part of your assignment, and then select PDF and save. You might want to print a copy or save the PDF.

Part III. Tracing and Uploading

You should have already drawn something(s), anything, on the FieldPapers atlas you were given in class or the one you printed out. Based on what you read on the site, try to come up with some way of taking a digital version of your map and uploading it to the site. You don't need to succeed; you need to have a story of how you tried to do it. If you do succeed, try editing it in the ID editor. Come to class/lab on Tuesday with your tale of trial and error.

Looking at OSM for Data Collection Opportunities

If you have time, pan around the Open Street Map layer of the Mills campus. Can you spot anything else that's missing? Or wrong?