[talk-au] Our friends down under need our help

Arie Paap wildmyron at gmail.com
Fri Jul 27 04:27:31 BST 2012

Hi all,

On 20 July 2012 14:57, Andy Robinson <ajrlists at gmail.com> wrote:
> GB mappers, our Aussie friends need our help. Large swathes of Australia
> have been decimated by the redaction process so if like me your UK area is
> looking pretty clear please turn some attention to fixing some areas down
> under. If you do I'd suggest you subscribe to, or keep an eye on, the
> archive of the talk-au mailing list where requests and discussion on the
> redaction process are being made by some mappers.
<snipped details on remapping>

I've been fixing up parts of Perth where I live and thought I'd share
a few thoughts.

Large parts of Perth and the rest of WA were in decent shape after the
redaction. The worst effects are a lot of major roads which were
originally mapped by contributors who declined the new CTs or where
intersections and stretches of road were refined by tracing when
Nearmap became available; and In some areas suburb size areas were
originally traced by one contributor and have been largely lost. I
think also a lot of rural towns and rural highways are in poor shape.

However, I've seen a lot change over the last week. Personally, I've
repaired major roads in the southern suburbs (and filled in gaps in
adjoining residential roads) as well as try to repair the roads
through the city centre. Other local mappers have certainly been doing
there bit too. But why I'm writing this email is to say Thank You to
those UK and european mappers who've helped tracing roads in the
suburbs and rural towns and generally fixing up the map. While I don't
monitor edits throughout the Perth region via tools I have seen
problem areas be patched up and, wondering who might be working there,
found several UK contributors who've done significant work even though
none of us Perth residents have spoken up to ask for help or offer
guidance to support your efforts.

So once again Thank You.

So I'd like to say a few things about the map in Perth and WA.
 - First off the coverage is improving and I'm sure we'll get back to
most roads on the map pretty soon (particularly within greater Perth
 - Street name coverage however has never been great and needs a few
more locals to survey. It's something I haven't done much of lately
but needs attention.
 - Road classification is a mess. It's something that's quietly
frustrated me ever since I discovered OSM and I really don't know
where to start to improve the situation.

And lastly: a few areas that could do with attention from anyone who
has time and energy to help:
 - Mandurah: http://osm.org/go/swll4QbE-
 - Pinjarra: http://osm.org/go/swlpYFKv-
 - Dunsborough: http://osm.org/go/swKnigAZ-
 - Carnarvon: http://osm.org/go/s1DjTuMg--
 - Broome: http://osm.org/go/tjy9_zp

I believe these areas have good Bing coverage and don't seem to have
much recent local activity (post redaction).
All your help is greatly appreciated.

Possibly Armadale: http://osm.org/go/sww6u5Qv-- and Midland:
http://osm.org/go/swxurea9-- could be included in this list though
these areas seem to have active local people so maybe not necessary.

There are many other rural towns which don't have complete street
coverage including South Hedland, Esperance, Gingin to name a few but
I think many of those weren't complete to start with.

I hope no one living and mapping in these towns is concerned about me
mentioning them here.

Kindest regards,


P.S. Andy, if this mail doesn't make it through to
talk-gb-westmidlands would you please forward it on.

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