[OSM-dev] Feasibility of an 'in the field' mobile editing app?

Nick Whitelegg Nick.Whitelegg at solent.ac.uk
Sat Mar 8 16:38:50 GMT 2008

Hello everyone,

Have managed to got hold of a N95 for research purposes through work. One 
thing that maybe would be useful is an "in the field" editing application 
for the outdoors, where you walk, the inbuilt GPS on the phone records 
your track, then you choose a route type (footway, bridleway, road etc) 
and an appropriate way is created from your track. You repeat this for 
your whole walk then when you're finished (or even maybe in the field?) 
you upload the new way to OSM. To avoid the need for (expensive, I should 
imagine) downloads to the phone, functionality such as checking for 
duplicate nodes and ways is done server side: if not on the main OSM 
server, on a proxy server.

I haven't had a great deal of experience in mobile development though, so 
do people think this is a feasible project? 


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