Happy New Year everyone!
In the past year I've been working on a tourist map which will be displayed in the mountain shelters in the Harghita Mountains, Romania.
It all started as a simple project of a locator map for the mountain shelters in Harghita County (SRTM based digital elevation model with pins as the shelters) then with the Salvamont organization we agreed to add tourist trails, so we went on tracking the trails, once we were on the field, let's repaint them as well, then let's create an elevation model based on contour lines, the area is roughly around 2000 square kilometers, so it took me around half a year to digitize the contour lines, once that was done we expanded the area so on all parts inhabited areas should be reached by tourists in need...long story short it was (still is about 90% done) a fun project to work on.
As for Romania you barely can find GIS data (basic like: contours, hydrography, vegetation, etc. not to mention ortho or other imagery) we took the approach of making simple things complicated enough, so I created in Ocad 11 Professional (if interested www.ocad.com) a database for them, then the resulting .shp files were converted to .ai and imported in CorelDraw to make the map itself.
As I mentioned before the area is about 2000 square km, the highest point is 1800m, the lowest is around 650m, so nothing spectacular, but very nice for a good hiking. The final output will be at 1:50.000 scale, after quite a struggle we managed to obtain orthophotography and 1:25.000 topographic maps based on which we digitized, the map will be displayed in the mountain shelters in the region. GPS tracks and all the GIS data will also be available.
Any suggestions are welcomed!
ps. images from the fieldwork here(language is Hungarian):