Why is there a need to map the Philippines?
Mapping the Philippines must be done due to its unlimited benefits. It can be used for social, recreational, humanitarian, navigational, informational, and disaster risk management.
For an average Juan Dela Cruz, digital maps are used by social networks so netizens can check-in or find establishments in Foursquare, Google Maps/Latitude, Facebook, geo-tagged Twits, and many more. Yet with its more important use, it can be used for navigation. A few years back, you only see GPS-guided navigation on cars in movies yet now, these are mostly available to all gadgets such as your smartphone and geo-tagged cameras.
Travelers, mountaineers, adventurers, and sports enthusiasts require maps for so many purposes.
Government and even non-government organizations use digital maps for their disaster risk management strategies and humanitarian missions where topography and logistics are involved.
In the future, these same maps can be used for auto-pilot of cars using mapping data, GPS, and sensors.
To sum up, a precise mapping data must be available and the Philippines is just getting there.
Schadow1 Expeditions is an advocacy in mapping the Philippines, hence, the site owner is an active contributor to three mapping consortia in the Philippines since 2005: namely OpenStreetMap Philippines, Roadguide Philippines and Google Mapmaker.
As mentioned in our tagline, our advocacy is to ensure that every Filipino would not be a stranger to his own motherland and therefore everyone is entitled to access free information regarding the Philippines, especially its road networks.
Schadow1 Expeditions Mapping Advocacy Involvement
RoadGuide Philippines is an organization of people mapping the country where the contributions are provided to its active contributors free of charge, which can be loaded to Garmin GPS devices for navigation assistance.
OSMPH for short is an organization of people mapping the country where the data collected from the contributions are used for various purposes and for free as long as it agrees with the OpenStreetMap policy. An example is the maps used by Foursquare. Government institutions are also piggy-backing with the data obtained from this consortium for government and humanitarian purposes. Contributions are published in realtime. Additionally, a friend and a co-mapper, Maning Sambale has initiated on compiling the OpenStreetMap data for the Philippines and is exported for use on Garmin GPS devices for navigation assistance. Currently, our blog is continuing the compile process and enhancements to which is downloadable for free and is updated at most twice a week.
Up-to-date frequently updated offline GPS navigation map of the Philippines provided by Schadow1 Expeditions
Slides presented by Schadow1 Expeditions during its mapping talks.
Photos and images contributed by Schadow1 Expeditions to the open source community
360-degree images contributed in Mapillary as assistance for open-source and crowd-sourced street-level accurate mapping.
2cm detail Aerial Imagery contributed in OpenAerialMap by Schadow1 Expeditions as assistance for open-source and crowd-sourced street-level accurate mapping. Licensed at CC-BY-NC-SA but allowed to be used for OpenStreetMap tracing.
If you would like to support our mapping costs and would like to donate, you may do so by clicking HERE. Donations would help by assisting us in our travel and gadgets costs for mapping the country. The proceeds would also help us in maintaining and operating our server and compiler cost to continuously supply the latest GPS routable map of the Philippines.
For the list of donors, you may refer to our donation page.
Other GPS Maps that reflect our contributions
Aside from the GPS map we compile for Garmin devices, the mapping data we contribute to reflects on other GPS navigation software that uses Openstreetmap data including those in OSMAnd and MapsMe.
However, the difference between the maps we compile versus those on other products is the frequency of our updates and the inclusion of other waypoints renderable only on Philippine local setting (e.g. tricycle stations, jeepney/FX stations, computer shops, phone numbers, barangay unit, address search, lane assistance, and more.)
For information on other navigation assistance products that uses OSM data where Schadow1 Expeditions contributes, see those that are for Android, Windows Mobile, Apple IOS.
Recent Mapping Activities
Mapping Advocacy Heatmap.
For a concerted communication on all mapping advocates of the Philippines, please use the hashtag #mapPHL.
#mapPHL is a hashtag call to unify mapping advocates of the Philippines not limited to any platform they contribute to. We are encouraging mappers of Roadguide Philippines, Wikimapia, Waze and Openstreetmap Philippines to use this hashtag in addition to what you are presently using for each of your mapping consortium for collaboration and information purposes among the Filipino Mapping Advocates. This is with an objective to ensure that a Filipino must not be a stranger to his own motherland.