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

john whelan jwhelan0112 at gmail.com
Mon May 16 14:56:21 UTC 2016

iD isn't as strong as some editors for error checking so perhaps HOT could
look at some tools for detecting errors,
http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Quality_assurance I'm thinking of Keep
Right for example that checks for crossing ways and almost meeting highways
which seem to be a blind spot for iD mappers.

Cheerio John

On 16 May 2016 at 08:59, Blake Girardot HOT/OSM <blake.girardot at hotosm.org>

> 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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