[OSM-dev] How to get non-technical users easily editing (offline)?

Shaun McDonald shaun at shaunmcdonald.me.uk
Wed Sep 22 10:55:11 BST 2010

On Wed, September 22, 2010 9:10 am, Sam Wilson wrote:
>   On 2010-09-22 3:47 PM, Jonathan Bennett wrote:
>> Take a look at Walking Papers:
>> http://walking-papers.org/
>> This does a similar thing, but with printouts that can be given to
>> non-technical mappers to make notes on. You then scan the annotated
>> map back into Walking Papers, which makes it available as a background
>> in Potlatch (or JOSM, if you like).
>> The printouts are just PDFs, so you may already be able to hack
>> something together using Walking Papers, but certain take a look and
>> talk to Michal.
> Yes, of course!  I was working from the idea of Walking Papers, but
> trying to apply it to screen-based editing.  But I could just *use*
> images straight from WP!
> The biggest problem I have is that not all of the notes made on the maps
> will be of interest to OSM, and in some cases will contain private
> data.  So I was figuring on doing a fair bit of processing myself
> (there's usually only three or four field assessors doing the data
> collection).  I shall look into getting the JOSM Walking Papers plugin
> to use images from a local source.

Have you taken a look at Potlatch2? It allows you to customise the
interface easily, so that only the appropriate things that are needed for
that group of editors is shown, thus making it easier for them.


> (This project, by the way, if anyone's interested, is to assist power
> pole assessors in Western Australia; people who travel thousands of kms
> a month all over the state, driving all the back ways and small roads,
> and taking note of fences, gates, power lines.  We've started using OSM
> data for locating poles, and I thought it'd be nice to feed some of our
> data back in to the map.)
> - Sam.
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