[OSM-dev] Develop a Simple Mapping Tool for Mobile Phones

Nic Roets nroets at gmail.com
Wed Mar 23 14:01:54 GMT 2011

Hello Yarik,

I think an application that allows the user to take photos and records
the position, azimuth and elevation angle will definitely be useful.
It will allow people to anonymously contribute bug reports without
typing anything.

You can always start with the app and hope that other people
contribute other parts. Like a central server of photo bugs,
integration with editor(s), grouping of photos for triangulation
purposes, off-line modes and mobile tagging.

If you don't know how to compute azimuth and elevation angle from
sensor inputs, I can help you with it.


On Tue, Mar 22, 2011 at 7:38 PM, Yarik <Iaroslav.Sheptykin at hs-bremen.de> wrote:
> Hi Zhijie!
>        Thanks for clarification!
>        Still though it is interesting what the community thinks about
>        such sort of apps. Does it worth putting an effort into it?
>        Again referring to my previous experience would be interesting /
>        cool to have an app implementing simple game mechanics in order
>        to encourage more people to contribute data. Maybe evolving the
>        app developed last year with these mechanics and publishing it
>        at App markets.
> Cheers,
> Yarik
> On Wed, 2011-03-23 at 00:20 +0800, Zhijie Shen wrote:
>> Hi everyone,
>> I think I need to make some clarification here. Actually, in the past
>> two days, some students who want to participant in GSoC sent email to
>> me to show their interest in the idea "Develop a Simple Mapping Tool
>> for Mobile Phones". I'm sorry to not have reply immediately. Here I
>> must clarify something:
>> 1. I'm very glad to meet the students that are also interested in
>> location based service on mobile phone here. It will be nice if we can
>> discuss the mobile application development here.
>> 2. Yes, I posted the idea, but I'm a student as well, and cannot be
>> the mentor. In fact, I wrote the idea because I want to apply for GSoC
>> with it. I also wish there will be some mentors here that are willing
>> to guide the mobile application development.
>> 3. I used the title of the idea proposed in the last year. However,
>> this idea hasn't much relationship with what I proposed. Mine is quite
>> related to my current research work. Hence who are interested in
>> building mobile application with OSM doesn't need to follow my idea.
>> Sorry again for the misunderstanding I've brought about. Wish these
>> words explain myself well.
>> Regards,
>> Zhijie
>> On Tue, Mar 22, 2011 at 11:42 PM, Yarik
>> <Iaroslav.Sheptykin at hs-bremen.de> wrote:
>>         Dear all!
>>                I am new to the developers list so lemme first
>>         introduce myself.
>>                My name is Yarik. I am 24. Study Digital Media at HS
>>         Bremen /
>>                Bremerhaven. The main topic of my studies are location
>>         based
>>                mobile games (like Foursquare). Currently I am writing
>>         my thesis
>>                about landmark identification using these sort of
>>         games.
>>                I am considering myself more of a programmer, therefore
>>                development of osm interests me for quite a long time.
>>         But SoC
>>                actually did the magic kick and led me to the page with
>>                implementation ideas.
>>                Checking those ideas out I have found an idea to
>>         "Develop a
>>                Simple Mapping Tool for Mobile Phones". Mostly because
>>         of rich
>>                previous experience, I find it very interesting and
>>         would love
>>                to work on a tool like that within our outside of the
>>         SoC.
>>                Unfortunately I'm a newbie to osm and therefore I
>>         cannot judge
>>                myself the importance of this sort of tool for the osm
>>                community. Do we really need it? I have seen similar
>>         efforts
>>                from the last SoC.
>>          http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Google_Summer_of_Code/2010/AcceptedProjects/AndroidPOICollector
>>                Did they fail? Does it need to be further developed?
>>                I have also seen several other tools with similar
>>         functionality.
>>                How do you think does it make sense to keep up with the
>>                investigation of those and submitting the solution
>>         idea?
>>         Thanks
>>         Yarik
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