There was a positive reaction to a number of suggestions that we create a map showing the limited extent of (generally accepted) access to our river network but no one has yet suggested how to do it.Updated at 27/10/2011 - The map has developed since the start in May. There are now the following key pages:-
List of all rivers from which you can get a local map by clicking on the target river
Input a new river
There are other pages but they can be accessed from the key pages.
I don't know but to further the project I asked my technically literate son to create something cheap and cheerful to allow us to get this project underway. He's currently at university preparing for his final exams over the next month so I asked him to keep it basic and functional and not to spend much time on it until his exams are out of the way. He will be able to tidy up the software and add extra features in the future but for now this is what we have.
An Output page with three levels of resolution. It defaults to low resolution but if you are going to zoom right in you will need to change it to high resolution first.
An Input page.
A list of all rivers already submitted
Anyone can use the input page but unless you know the password your input will not show on the output page until it has been authorised. If you want to try to use it you are welcome. If you just want to use a fictional route to see how it works please use the river name "testing" (not "Test" to avoid confusion with the river of that name). I'll delete all "testing" routes at least daily.
If you want to sign up to take responsibility for a river or region just PM me. There will be many questions that we will have to find answers to as we progress but if we start with the minimum of rules that's probably best. I suggest the following for now.
If anyone has a better or more effective way of doing any of this please let me know quickly so that I don't waste any more time.
- Don't enter tidal sections of any rivers.
- Make separate entries for sections of rivers with (will be displayed in green)and without (will be displayed in red) access. Although not catered for yet add sections subject to access agreements as separate sections and enter them as disputed access for now (I'll edit them later)
- Work from upstream to downstream. This will allow us to add and merge further upstream sections later if we need to.
- It's best (but far from essential) if we input rivers that are known to us
- If you want to make suggestions of features that can be added later feel free.
- I suggest we use UK Rivers Guidebook as a starting point for identifying which rivers to add.
- Since the objective is to show the extent of our river system that is denied to us adding details of the canal system is a low priority at this stage.