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Gpx file sharing

Post by slarge » Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:27 pm

We always seem to have to email Gpx files around privately, but it would be great to have a library of good routes. Is it possible to have a sort of file sharing option on this site Stu, independent of routeing platform?

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Re: Gpx file sharing

Post by Bearbonesnorm » Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:42 pm

No idea Steve. I'll do some digging and ask those who know their arse from their elbow :-bd
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Re: Gpx file sharing

Post by ScotRoutes » Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:07 pm

Easiest option might be to standardise on one of the common route-sharing platforms, e.g. Komoot, Ridewithgps, Plotaroute.

I think they all allow import and export of gpx files so there would be need to force folk to use that tool for route plotting.

Maybe choose one with decent Privacy options whereby you need the link to access the route?

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Re: Gpx file sharing

Post by robbie » Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:33 pm

Plot a route seems a good option. You could maybe have someone set up an account then share the password so multiple routes under the same account?

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Re: Gpx file sharing

Post by Bearbonesnorm » Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:09 pm

See, I was thinking (given that everyone generates their routes in different software) maybe a simple on-line file sharing account?
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Re: Gpx file sharing

Post by ootini » Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:37 pm

SFTP? Google Docs? Dropbox? All potential options.

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Re: Gpx file sharing

Post by slarge » Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:42 pm

Bearbonesnorm wrote:
Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:09 pm
See, I was thinking (given that everyone generates their routes in different software) maybe a simple on-line file sharing account?
That's where I am as well Stu, as everyone prefers a different option depending on what they want to do. I still use Memory Map, but only because I have it, and being more traditional, the files are on my laptop not some placeless cloud that could end up losing them when app.xyz gets bought out/goes bust etc etc.

If it were set up right then there could be some comments / ride experiences attached to each file, so people know what to expect. I steer clear of routes that I don't know the history of as they could turn out to be real lemons.....

For the dropbox, googledocs etc, can we have a group account or something that we can all access without it getting spammed or full of junk "look at my GPX where I rode to the shops" type routes?

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Re: Gpx file sharing

Post by ScotRoutes » Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:49 pm

slarge wrote:
Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:42 pm
the files are on my laptop not some placeless cloud that could end up losing them when app.xyz gets bought out/goes bust etc etc.
You mean like Google Drive or Dropbox?


Might be better if we just kept printed copies and mailed them to each other on request. Route notes could be added if you have a quill and ink handy.

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Re: Gpx file sharing

Post by whitestone » Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:54 pm

A really left field idea - github. A bit more work but has the advantage that if things go pear shaped at the server end anyone can recreate the list.

Dropbox would be fine as well. I've also used We Transfer but not sure of the long term storage on that.
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Re: Gpx file sharing

Post by Richpips » Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:57 pm

I’m going to say that I disapprove of an easy to find database of routes.

Once things are public, quiet and fragile places soon come under increased traffic.

I’m certainly not saying these routes are just for a clique, but I am saying they shouldn’t be too easy to find.

Maybe a one of subscription to an environmental charidee to join?

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Re: Gpx file sharing

Post by slarge » Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:01 pm

ScotRoutes wrote:
Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:49 pm
slarge wrote:
Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:42 pm
the files are on my laptop not some placeless cloud that could end up losing them when app.xyz gets bought out/goes bust etc etc.
You mean like Google Drive or Dropbox?


Might be better if we just kept printed copies and mailed them to each other on request. Route notes could be added if you have a quill and ink handy.
We've all seen some of the photo websites go kaput, and even Flikr is on a file size / number of photos limit before you need a subscription. So don't assume it can't happen. I agree that companies like Apple, Google, MS etc are going to outlast most of us, but they could charge at the drop of a hat for us to get access to our own data.

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Re: Gpx file sharing

Post by ScotRoutes » Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:26 pm

I was assuming whatever solution adopted was just for files we wanted to share, not for all of our personal route files. I keep mine in Basecamp but I've used most of the others for the occasional bit of sharing.

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Re: Gpx file sharing

Post by Dave Barter » Tue Jun 30, 2020 11:02 pm

whitestone wrote:
Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:54 pm
A really left field idea - github. A bit more work but has the advantage that if things go pear shaped at the server end anyone can recreate the list.
lol at the idea of a load of bikepackers fighting over merge conflicts ;-)
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