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I've been mostly messing around creating topographic maps with GMT for islands and countries and islands. My early maps for islands in Melanesia and Asian countries need to be redone (the colours are ugly), but I think the African maps are reasonably pretty. Green colour is too green/bright still, though. I have created topographic maps of all the African states with colours light enough to allow adding labels (see below for Somalian map), but I ran out of steam...

Need maps?[edit]

I am also happy to help, if you need a map or two. Strictly speaking, I don't really understand what I'm doing... but then, the best way of learning something is doing it. Too darn bad that I keep changing my mind about the colour scheme to use, and continue uploading new versions. Depending on the scale, I have either used SRTM or GLOBE data.


Full vanity gallery can be found at Commons.

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I have recently also become more active on Commons, where I have been categorizing images and hunting for suitable images from Flickr. FIST is a usefull tool, but only finds freely usable Flickr images. Typically there are many more images with ©-tag than free images, which means rare subjects and high quality images are more likely finds among the copyrighted images and the free ones. There is always a possibility that the photographer might agree to change the license, though.

Nifty tools[edit]

  • FIST searches among the free images
  • Flickr upload bot a truly fantastic tool, which makes uploading Flickr images to Commons very easy
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I have a sockpuppy account, Frankenpuppy, which is used with Huggle and also occasionally for AWB runs.

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Tireless Contributor Barnstar.gif The Tireless Contributor Barnstar
You deserve The Tireless Contributor Barnstar for your contributions to the Flag of Sri Lanka.svg WikiProject Sri Lanka articles over seven hours in one day. --♪♫ ĽąĦĩŘǔ ♫♪ walkie-talkie 14:30, 14 July 2007 (UTC)
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Why should wait? You have done terrific jobs working on maps and not only just a map, but a very useful ones, see this article. It enhances visualization of the article. Keep up the good work! — Indon (reply) — 13:23, 3 September 2007 (UTC)
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For Sadalmelik, for providing Zimbabwe with a locator map. Face-grin.svg Awarded for contribution to WP:ZIM by Mangwanani (talk) 19:13, 13 December 2007 (UTC)
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To Sadalmelik for substantially expanding Wikipedia's coverage of Malagasy settlements, while maintaining standards of sourcing. Thank you, Black Falcon (Talk) 18:09, 9 March 2008 (UTC)
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I hereby award you with this barnstar for all your tireless work creating articles about cities and towns in Madagascar. I often patrol new pages and I noticed your good work. Keep it up! αѕєηιηє t/c 06:33, 25 March 2008 (UTC)
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I stumbled across your edit at Maria, Maevatanana while conducting RC

Patrol and thought it worthy of recognition. Keep up the good work!

by User:LeyteWolfer[1]
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For Frankenpuppy's assistance in keeping USS New Jersey (BB-62) vandal free while the article was up on the mainpage I herby award your sockpuppet The RickK Anti-Vandalism Barnstar. Keep up the good work! TomStar81 (Talk) 00:16, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
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For your contributions with copyright issues at Wikipedia:Suspected copyright violations. Thank you for your valuable time. :) Moonriddengirl (talk) 17:16, 19 November 2008 (UTC)