[Talk-ba] BiH Ground Survey

Jonathon McClung jonathon at kaartgroup.com
Mon Jan 7 17:52:46 UTC 2019


Thanks for the awesome and in-depth response! This is exactly the kind of thing pertaining to what we do! We will be basing ourselves out of Sarajevo and our itinerary will be subject to change but if we drive through Doboj I will make sure I keep an eye out for the EV charger. 

Much appreciated,


> On Jan 5, 2019, at 11:53 AM, Michal Fabík <michal.fabik at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 4, 2019 at 12:02 AM Jonathon McClung
> <jonathon at kaartgroup.com> wrote:
>> If you are an active local editor, please contact us. We would like to hear from local editors, so that we can be aware of what makes BiH unique.
> Hello Jonathon,
> unfortunately, Bosnia doesn't really have an OSM communtiy in the
> sense of mappers' cooperation or coordination of their efforts. There
> are very few active mappers to start with and they're not interested
> in communication for reasons I'm not sure of myself. Here's a few
> worth mentioning, you might want to contact them individually:
> https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/ljubop - very active in the
> northeast of the country, good quality contributions but doesn't seem
> to be focused on anything in particular.
> https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/Kulin%20Ban - did a lot of work on
> road network, in particular he categorized all the roads in the
> Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (the Muslim/Croat part of the
> country).
> https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/Lutalica_1974 - has been quite
> active for many years, again, not focused on anything in particular.
> https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/alenmahovic - did a tremendous
> amount of work in the early days of OSM in Bosnia, mostly to do with
> landuse.
> https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/damirex - not very active lately
> but seems to be very knowledgeable when it comes to historical
> heritage. However, his edits are quite sloppy and he doesn't like
> foreigners touching "his" data.
> https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/Janjko - one of the most active
> mappers in the Croatian community, maps in Bosnia too from time to
> time.
> https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/jonwit - an American mapper with
> contacts in Bosnia, active around Visoko.
> https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/crv303 - a German mapper with
> contacts in Bosnia, active around Prijedor.
> Be warned that, with the exception of the last three (who might also
> be following this list), communication with the above is difficult or
> outright impossible, at least in my experience.
> As for any tips for mapping Bosnia, here's a few from me:
> - We need as many GPS traces as possible, especially from windy
> mountain roads. The terrain is very hilly so there's a lot of
> perspective distortion in the aerial imagery. We need traces to be
> able to align it properly.
> - Information about road surfaces is important as even some of the
> high-category roads lack tarmac and are hardly usable in winter.
> (Example: https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=14/43.8433/17.9049)
> - Many of the roads in the residential neighbourhoods of larger cities
> are only wide enough for one car but they aren't one way streets. It
> would probably be useful to tag this explicitly (lanes=1+oneway=no) to
> give them a penalty in routing algorithms.
> - Be careful when tagging speed limits. Local law distinguishes
> settlements (marked with traffic signs with settlement name, speed
> limit 60), built-up areas within settlements (speed limit 50) and open
> road (speed limit 80). These limits aren't indicated explicitly with
> traffic signs. Moreover, speed limit signs are only valid until the
> next intersection according to the law, however they are often posted
> incorrectly, as if they were valid past the intersection as well. This
> sometimes makes it difficult to tell what speed limit applies to a
> given road section.
> - Most towns could use mapping of HGV restrictions (max. weight for
> bridges, underpass heights, access restrictions for town centres) to
> prevent HGV traffic routing through them.
> - Addresses sometimes have "bb" instead of a house number. It's an
> abbreviation for "no number" in the local language and it's often the
> case in industrial areas on the outskirts of towns where streets
> aren't well defined. Incidentally, this is also where a lot of HGV
> traffic is headed.
> - If you happen to go through Doboj, you could map the electric
> vehicle charger there. It's advertised by the roadside and it's one of
> the only two or three in the country. It's a shame it isn't in the
> map. :)
> - Don't worry about landmines. People ask about them all the time but
> you won't run into them unless you go far off the beaten track.
> I can't think of anything else at the moment. If you have any
> questions, just ask.
> Have a great time mapping Bosnia!
> -- 
> Michal Fabík
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