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Ár nDraíocht Féin
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February 10th, 2005

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01:29 pm - Maps!
I spent my lunch hour building this map today for ADF.

I have several more maps done (some have seen them), and I'll be uploading them to the ADF site shortly. Here's a sample I did last weekend:

Current Mood: artistic
Current Music: "Peanut Butter Conspiracy", -JB

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Date:February 11th, 2005 03:11 pm (UTC)

Re: Oh, and...

Points taken :) Couple of things:

I actually don't have access to GIS. Well, I have access, but the department would have to pay for it, and I don't think that I can talk my department into paying for a copy of software that isn't at all related to my job or my studies. :) I did it all by hand.

I have direct access to the ADF website through the CMS that runs on it, so I don't have to go through chirael.

I did catch that error in the page, I just haven't gotten to fix it yet. I'm not totally sure yet if I want to upload that whole page and just make it a website article by myself, or wehther I want to have a less comentative approach and upload mainly the pictures to the site.

And yes, the links would have to text-over the names of the Groves if we linked everything up, as well as probably thier location, as the map isn't the most exact thing in the world.

I'll look into GIMP, see if it's feasable. Anything to make the thing more automated and easier is good here.

Regarding Fully Chartered Groves, I thought about that. We didn't have any in 2002, and now we've got a couple . . . So that might be a good thing. The main reason I didn't do it is for visibility: red and blue show up nicely, and I'll need to find another colour that's different enough to also show up well. But it's a real thought. . . I just haven't figured out how to act on it yet.

Regarding size, yeah, I thought about that, too. The problem with that is that Groves (and esp. Protogorves!) change size with the wind. Some are stagnant for years, some grow and shink in the same month. But the most difficult thing with that is that in the ADF Database, anyone can ask to affiliate with any Grove, and so you end up with people you never met being part of a Grove after a while. The only way to get an accurate count, really, is to go through the Quarterly reports and update them that way.

:) Thanks for the comments, though. Excellent things to think about.

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