Web pioneers chart Croydon
A new generation of cartographers are literally putting Croydon on the map.
A team of volunteers took to the streets on Wednesday as part of the working on behalf of the OpenStreetMap project to create maps not bound by copyright restrictions.
Thomas Wood, 17, from Carshalton, who helped organise the Croydon mapping, explained: "OpenStreetMap is a project to create a map of the world which has very little copyright restriction so anyone can use the data we collect.
"Commercial map companies have commercial copyright protection so people who wish to use them have to pay. This is a project to make that data more open."
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Maps are created by volunteers who walk the streets and collect data with GPS devices. That information is then uploaded onto the internet where it can be viewed.
The latest statistics show about 50,000 streets in the UK have been mapped and other teams continue to add data from around the world.
Wellington County Grammar student Thomas said: "On Wednesday we covered about two-thirds of Croydon town centre and the area immediately surrounding it so it was very productive.
"We will try to do another Croydon event some time in the next six months."