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

Christopher Schmidt crschmidt at metacarta.com
Sat Mar 8 19:03:32 GMT 2008

On Sat, Mar 08, 2008 at 08:54:31PM +0200, Lauri Hahne wrote:
> On 08/03/2008, bvh <bvh-osm at irule.be> wrote:
> > On Sat, Mar 08, 2008 at 04:38:50PM +0000, Nick Whitelegg wrote:
> >  > 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?
> >
> >
> > I have a N95 and one of the first things I did was downloading the
> >  SDK to develop such an application. Unfortunatly, I got more than I
> >  bargained for because the S60 platform is not a pleasant one to develop
> >  for...
> >
> >  Now that Nokia has bought Trolltech and has announced that they are going
> >  to port Qt to the S60 range, I personally would rather wait for that.
> >
> >  But on a technical level, there is no reason why such a project would
> >  be unfeasible.
> >
> >  Actually I had sent a mail to the guys that developed Sportstracker
> >  if they wanted to open source their code, but got no answer. If someone
> >  is more lucky than me, that might provide a good basis. It already has
> >  all the functionality to record the track correctly. All it needs is
> >  a small tag editor and an export/upload to OSM functionality.
> >
> Maybe you should try the python bindings for S60. It's supposed to be
> a much more pleasant experience than going directly to Symbian's
> borked version of C++.

And there's already the start of code for creating a Python-based editor
for the N95:


Christopher Schmidt

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