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How to Use Travel Mapping
« on: January 01, 2016, 04:03:01 pm »
Travel Mapping is still very much in development, but we welcome users, both those who previously used CHM (the now defunct Clinched Highway Mapping project) and new users, to submit their travels for inclusion in the system.

To use the system, build a ".list" file showing the segments you've traveled on the highways we've included in the project.  This process is substantially the same as it was in CHM.  CHM's process is described at http://cmap.m-plex.com/docs/getstarted.php.  Please refer to that until we get our own instruction manual up, but note the following changes:

  • Our highway browser, which will show the latest versions of all routes in the project, is at http://travelmapping.net/hb/.  Note that the ".list Name" column on the big list of routes gives the region and route name you'll need as the first two items on each .list file line.
  • If you are coming to the project from CHM, you are welcome to submit your old .list file then see what errors show up (see below for where to look) or make a preemptive pass through our updates page for changes that will affect you: http://travelmapping.net/devel/updates.php
  • You can submit files by email to travmap@teresco.org or by forking our GitHub repository at https://github.com/TravelMapping/UserData, adding your file, and submitting a pull request (detailed instructions on this method to be produced - would be happy to receive some to post from one of the several users who are maintaining their files this way).
  • A great place to start looking around is the project's home page at http://travelmapping.net/ then follow the "Traveler Stats" link which will take you to http://travelmapping.net/stat.php and browse around from there.

Once the first version of your .list file has been imported and the site has been updated (typically done every evening between 9 and 11 PM Eastern, sometimes more often), you can see your information in a few ways:


Many more maps, lists of travelers, more stats, will come over time.  We currently have most of what CHM had and a lot more.

Though we've made and continue to make a lot of updates and fixes to the highway data compared to the last version from CHM, former CHM users should find that their CHM .list files are still a great starting point for mapping your travels with the new system.

I intend to keep this post current as URLs change, functionality is added, etc.
« Last Edit: July 01, 2018, 11:23:51 pm by Jim »