[HOT] Request: Suggestions for improvements to iD OSM Web Editor

Blake Girardot HOT/OSM blake.girardot at hotosm.org
Mon May 16 14:49:31 UTC 2016

Hi Courtney,

I do not think the presets changes will address your suggestion.

To me it makes me think of "step and repeat" so you draw a building
once, select it and then just communicate, "duplicate this building to
here, in a line"

Thats a great idea.

Blake Girardot
Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team
Vice President, HOT Board of Directors
skype: jblakegirardot
HOT Core Team Contact: info at hotosm.org

On Mon, May 16, 2016 at 4:01 PM, Courtney Clark
<courtneyclark8 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Blake,
> This might already be part of the presets that you mentioned, but it would
> be great to have the capacity to "copy and paste" buildings. In Botswana,
> for example, where Peace Corps does a lot of mapping, the government
> provides a lot of housing to its employees. Many of the houses are the same
> shape and size -- it would be great to trace once and then copy and paste
> that shape over other structures.
> Thanks,
> Courtney
> On Mon, May 16, 2016 at 9:49 AM, Nicholas Doiron <nickd at codeforamerica.org>
> wrote:
>> Related - I've been adding right-to-left language support for iD OSM
>> editor. It was already translated to Arabic and Persian/Farsi, but typically
>> sites flip their UI, so our main sidebar would appear on the right.
>> We've got most technical parts done, so now we would much appreciate some
>> fluent speakers looking it over. Please get in touch or connect me with
>> interested mappers!
>> Discussion and code here:
>> https://github.com/openstreetmap/iD/pull/3087
>> Thanks,
>> Nick Doiron
>> On May 16, 2016 9:00 PM, "Blake Girardot HOT/OSM"
>> <blake.girardot at hotosm.org> wrote:
>>> Hi Everyone!
>>> HOT is putting together a list of possible improvements or changes to
>>> the default OSM web editor iD that might help improve and ease typical
>>> HOT and Missing Maps OSM editing. As part of that process we would
>>> like to get ideas from the greater HOT and Missing Maps community.
>>> A few things already on the list and near the top of priorities for HOT
>>> are:
>>> * A building tool that would make drawing squared up (and round)
>>> buildings just a few clicks (this is close to being done already)
>>> * Customizable presets for typical or special HOT/Missing Maps
>>> projects (already in process, but not close to done)
>>> * Support for switching between two imagery sources (this is close to
>>> being done already)
>>> But we would love to hear more ideas and feedback from you about ways
>>> that iD could better help support HOT and Missing Maps type of mapping
>>> projects as well as very very new OSM mappers that often work on our
>>> projects.
>>> Please let us know things you think iD might be able to do to help new
>>> mappers or mappers that work on HOT / Missing Maps projects.
>>> Obviously there is limited development time available so most things
>>> will not be done in the short or medium term, but let us see together
>>> if there are any quick wins we might be able to identify.
>>> Also please share your feedback on things you had problems with or saw
>>> other mappers having problems with even if you do not have a
>>> suggestion for how to actually address those issues.
>>> We will then take all those ideas and working with the iD Github
>>> repository issue/feature tracking make some requests to the iD
>>> developer. Yes, I said "developer" as in 1 person who does the bulk
>>> (not all, but most) of the iD maintenance and development, Bryan
>>> Housel. You can imagine he gets pulled in a lot of different
>>> directions by the greater OSM community and he has to balance a lot of
>>> needs and concerns. But Bryan has always been very open to suggestions
>>> and feedback and concerns about the iD editor and that is why it is
>>> the great tool it is.
>>> The iD OSM Web Editor will always first and foremost be a general OSM
>>> editor so some things will just not be possible, but we are quite sure
>>> we can find some things that will help HOT/Missing Maps and be of use
>>> to the greater OSM mapping community as well. Our goal is to identify
>>> those things and help get them implemented through feedback and
>>> testing and maybe even some code contributions if anyone is interested
>>> in doing that.
>>> So as I said, please, if you have a few minutes to share some thoughts
>>> on the iD editor it would be most appreciated.
>>> Cheers,
>>> Blake
>>> ----------------------------------------------------
>>> Blake Girardot
>>> Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team
>>> Vice President, HOT Board of Directors
>>> skype: jblakegirardot
>>> HOT Core Team Contact: info at hotosm.org
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> Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Guinea 2012-2014
> Loyola University Chicago
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