[HOT] Droid app for mapping

Vivien Deparday vivien.deparday at gmail.com
Thu Oct 10 17:15:29 UTC 2013

Hi Maning,
For field data collection, we also have used OSM Tracker which is easy to
use to record a track, mark points and take geotagged pictures (you can get
you geotagged pictures to show in JOSM) but then you do need to do some
manual processing with JOSM as the data is not directly pushed to OSM.
Also, you can customize buttons for the app but I am not sure if you can
customize presets.
I had looked at Vespucci a while ago as it lets you do most kind of edits
and directly push them to OSM but it was a bit too cumbersome to operate on
a phone (maybe would be ok on tablet with a stylus). Ideally, there would
be an intermediate app between the two where you can have custom presets,
select features on the map to tag them with your presets, just add simple
single point when needed and push to OSM (if offline, push it later) but I
haven't found it yet, maybe it is out there? If not, I have brewing the
idea of getting people together to enhance one of the existing apps or
develop a new one if need be.



On Thu, Oct 10, 2013 at 9:19 AM, Alessandro Fanna <alex at rospus.org> wrote:

> Il 10/ott/2013 12:32 "maning sambale" <emmanuel.sambale at gmail.com> ha
> scritto:
> >
> > Hi,
> >
> > Coming off from a training with the staff of a local government, we
> > realized that there are more smartphones than GPS units.
> > As an initial test, we showed them how to use the default phototagging
> > feature as a tool for collecting field data.  In some cases,
> > this turned out to be unreliable which I already encountered in the past
> [0].
> >
> > Our plan is to create a learning material about using smartphones
> > (preferably free download, opensource and, android-based) we can
> > distribute to the participants.
> > What OSM mapping app do you use for your phones?
> >
> > So far I've seen the following:
> > 1. GPS Essentials - too many features IMO and can overwhelm new users
> > 2. OSMAnd - good offline maps routable map based on OSM, haven't
> > tested the mapping tools other than the OSMbug reporting
> > 3. GPSlogger - simple lightweight datalogger
> > 4. Keypadmapper - only for housenumber mapping, I've seen a mention of
> > phototagging in newer versions but haven't tested.
> > 5. OSMtracker - not yet tested
> > 6. Vespucci - not yet tested
> >
> > Any other app?
> >
> Ad already mentioned, in your case I would suggest OSM Tracker.
> Not open source (but the developer is active in this field) best choice
> would be Geopaparazzi for it's simplicity.
> The most complete androip app I use is Locus, not open source but worth
> the few euros asked.
> Consider also the Ushahidi project (open source) that has a quite
> interesting androip app for collecting data in problematic environment.
> Alessandro Fanna
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