[Talk-GB] A way of getting more footpaths done? - tagged track segments

Nick Whitelegg Nick.Whitelegg at solent.ac.uk
Tue Feb 15 20:28:16 GMT 2011

Some of the comments on the Android apps thread over on talk got me thinking about approaches to try and get more of the UK rights of way network done, particularly by contributors who may not wish to use a full scale editor.

Was thinking of a two stage approach, involving a relatively "non techie" person with a smartphone app, and an expert OSM editor with a JOSM plugin. It could work something like this. Someone could go out for a walk, fire up a smartphone app, and each time they start walking along a new right of way, select the right of way type using a simple interface. Their route would be recorded as a GPX track, and each time they change the current right of way type, a new <trkseg> is created, tagged with the right of way type. On completing their walk they could upload this track to a server.

Then, an expert OSM editor could do the actual data editing, using a JOSM plugin which downloads these tagged GPX tracks and renders each <trkseg> in a different colour depending on the right of way represented by that <trkseg>. Expert editors willing to be part of this system could subscribe to an RSS feed of new GPX uploads in their area.

Any feelings on this?


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