[HOT] Date of a mapped feature?

Andre Engels andreengels at gmail.com
Fri May 1 05:46:27 UTC 2015

It is not necessary to open an editor to see these histories, they can
be found at the openstreetmap.org site too. To get them, do the

Zoom in sufficiently that there are not too many objects in the part
that you are looking at. Then in the menu in the upper right, click on
'layers' (symbol of 3 slides of paper), then in the menu that appears,
select the option 'Map Data' (lowest option). Alternatively, add
"&layers=D" to the url (or change "&layers=H" to "&layers=HD" or
similarly if you use another map style than standard). For example,
for the area around the road Nick mentions, use url
http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=18/27.70651/85.29394&layers=D. Now
on the map each feature will have a blue line (for ways) or circle
(for nodes) around it. If you click on the line or circle, the current
information sidebar as described by Nick for that object will appear.

André Engels

On Fri, May 1, 2015 at 5:47 AM, Nicholas Doiron
<nickd at codeforamerica.org> wrote:
> Hi Chris -
> To answer your question, it IS possible to see edit history of any node
> (point), way (line or area), or relation (group of features) on
> OpenStreetMap.  This is usually good when imagery and OSM data don't match
> up - which is older?
> 1. To see the data, find the number ID.
> --> On the iD editor, click a feature then "View on OpenStreetMap.org" in
> the bottom left.
> --> In Potlatch, I click a feature, Advanced, and a numeric ID is in the top
> left.
> The current info page URL looks like this:
> http://www.openstreetmap.org/way/58754640 (replacing "way" with "node" for a
> point).
> 2. At the bottom of the current information sidebar, there's a link to View
> History. The URL looks like this:
> http://www.openstreetmap.org/way/58754640/history  - this feature was first
> added 5 years ago, and last edited 4 months ago.
> This history gets lost when you delete and redraw! So always edit when you
> can.
> -- Nick Doiron
> On Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 11:37 PM, Chris Braun <brauncch at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Thanks Clifford for the clarification.
>> Am I the only one who believes this issue is very important and should be
>> dealt with?
>> Maybe it's more a mid/long term issue: while we can guess that everything
>> which is mapped today in Nepal is very recent because of the effort and wide
>> participation triggered following the earthquake, if another catastrophe
>> happens in a few years in the same region and the mapping effort restarts,
>> rescue teams will have no clue to know whether what they see on the map
>> dates back from the post 2015 earthquake or was mapped following the second
>> catastrophe. This is a real problem, no? And of course this does not only
>> apply for Nepal.
>> At least if would be good to systematically tag the date of the imagery
>> when it is known (Bing), and maybe try to find some strategy to give an
>> estimate date (base on changesets for instance) for other imagery where the
>> exact date is unknown.
>> What do you (experienced users of OSM) think of this?
>> Thanks,
>> Chris
>> On 30/04/2015 23:33, Clifford Snow wrote:
>> On Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 1:03 PM, Chris Braun <brauncch at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> I have experience in GIS and RS but am quite new in OSM so sorry for the
>>> newbie question.
>>> Basically I would like to know if and how one can know when a feature was
>>> mapped on the OSM map. Or rather what was the date of the imagery that was
>>> used to map a specific feature. Since the OSM map is used by rescue teams, I
>>> would find this information quite critical to assess whether a feature may
>>> still exist or not, but I don't understand how this can be learnt from the
>>> map. There does not seem to be a systematic tag for the date of the image,
>>> or an automatic way to associate to a feature the date of the imagery that
>>> was used to map it (or the most recent imagery that is still showing this
>>> feature), but maybe I am missing something. Or maybe this can be learnt from
>>> the "history" section?
>> I don't believe we capture imagery creation date in the OSM changeset.
>> Bing image tiles do contain a date (right click on the background image in
>> JOSM) but MapBox images last I checked do not. Since we don't capture that
>> data at best you can do is look at the date of the changeset and the Bing
>> image date.
>> Clifford
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