[HOT] slow time mapper productivity

Tom McDonald tmcd123 at gmail.com
Sat May 9 00:43:09 UTC 2015

I agree John - JOSM should be encouraged for building mapping. I do not
think it deserves a difficult reputation.

An awesome and easy to use feature (besides the building tool of course) is
the filter: setting one to hide all building=* makes it really easy to flip
all buildings on/off. This makes it easier to see buildings you may have


On Fri, May 8, 2015 at 5:25 PM, Kretzer <kretzer at gmx.net> wrote:

> Or you could go the other way and ad a building tool to iD.
> This needs to be kept simple I guess, but there could be some tools to
> speed up editing in iD.
> Antoher thing that makes editing in iD slower is that you can always only
> edit one item a time. I'd like to be able to select several objects and
> move them, or tag them together.
> *Gesendet:* Samstag, 09. Mai 2015 um 01:45 Uhr
> *Von:* "john whelan" <jwhelan0112 at gmail.com>
> *An:* "hot at openstreetmap.org" <hot at openstreetmap.org>
> *Betreff:* [HOT] slow time mapper productivity
>  This is definitely slow time and not something to distract HOT at the
> moment.
> Mapping buildings is not my favourite occupation.  I reward myself by
> breaking off and sending the odd email etc from time to time so the figures
> below are not head down hard mapping of buildings.
> However I noticed that in a one hour session in Nepal I mapped around six
> hundred buildings using JOSM building_tool including one or two odd shaped
> ones <shift>J thanks to Blake's video.
> If I look at the tiles I'm working on I see that half the mappers only map
> twenty buildings or less and there aren't that many mappers mapping over a
> hundred buildings in a tile.
> Does it matter?  If we were paying mappers for their time then yes it
> would, we aren't but even so think how much more quickly we could complete
> projects with the same resources and we won't even talk about data quality
> issues.
> I understand that JOSM has acquired a reputation for being hard to teach
> and use by some but perhaps with suitable guidelines we can get a bit more
> productivity out of our mappers?
> Cheerio John
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