[OSM-dev] Smartphone based map editing

David Earl david at frankieandshadow.com
Mon Mar 10 11:14:06 GMT 2008

On 09/03/2008 20:10, Jason Dent wrote:
> All,
> I am currently developing an application that displays OSM maps on the
> Windows Mobile based smartphones or pocketpcs.  I am looking into adding
> editing support.  But I am not sure how much demand there is for it.
> I currently use the maps from the tile server (or any image server like
> Google, Microsoft, Yahoo) and display the GPS trace over the top.
> One of the best things about having it all there on the phone, is that you
> can see if the map is correct.  The first thing I plan on adding is for the
> user to be able to create Points Of Interest, for example: bus stop, tram
> stop, grocery store, etc.  From there I will move on to editing existing
> nodes.
> Because the screen size is so small, I plan on limiting editing to only very
> small areas, i.e. level 16 and higher.
> Before I spend too much effort on this, I am curious about the level of
> interest.  Since the prices for unlimited internet access on smartphones are
> dropping, I think this might become a viable editing platform.

This is precisely what Maemo Mapper does for the Nokia N810. Since that 
is open source, you could use it as the basis for this. It rotates the 
map with your bearing among other things.

I adapted it slightly so that it gave me auto-numbered waypoints from 
one-click anywhere on the screen.


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