[Talk-GB] [OSM-talk] OpenStreetMap ten years on, and why it's time for a fresh slate

Tim Saunders tim_s_63 at hotmail.com
Mon Oct 27 21:52:02 UTC 2014

What would suit me is an Android app that allowed me to see what needs to be fixed in a particular area, so that I could check some things out if I had a spare half hour in the area…..so Notes, FixMes, Musical Chairs, OSM Inspector and other GB specific stuff (e.g. post boxes, cycle routes, land registry addresses as examples I recall being discussed in this group).  Is there anywhere that these are all pulled together, even in a non-mobile friendly way?  As OSM coverage improves, I would suggest that there is more opportunity to fix things not mapped correctly than map things not mapped at all (although in my experience one leads to another anyway) and seeing something that is wrong is often more of a spur to get involved than something that is missing altogether.


From: Nick Whitelegg [mailto:Nick.Whitelegg at solent.ac.uk] 
Sent: 25 October 2014 20:40
To: Richard Fairhurst
Cc: talk at openstreetmap.org; talk-gb at openstreetmap.org
Subject: Re: [Talk-GB] [OSM-talk] OpenStreetMap ten years on, and why it's time for a fresh slate


>I can recite a few of them. We have very little mobile presence, even 
>though smartphones are ideal surveying devices; a 5% intervention here 
>would bring so many more people to our 95%.


Interesting points. I'd hope most of us, though, remain idealistic beyond our 20s and don't turn into some sort of technophobic Farage-loving bore. ;-)


Regarding your point here, I've always wondered (and I think I mentioned this some time ago) whether there would be room for an "easy" footpaths editor (sorry to go on about footpaths but it's my "pet" OSM thing). The user simply records their GPS trace on their phone via a custom app, and selects, via a simple dropdown etc, the current right-of-way type (footpath, bridleway etc). The trace is simplified (e.g. Douglas-Peucker) and converted directly to an OSM file (I think this is what I did way back with osmeditor... anyone remember that?) 


When back home the data is uploaded. This could be done in a number of ways e.g. OSM data could be downloaded and then some sort of algorithm applied to detect which part of the trace is new. Those segments which are new are then joined - initially automatically but with option to change - to existing data and then uploaded to the server. Alternatively, one could "throw" some OSM data at the server and have the server figure out which parts are new and which are not - though that would of course involve an extension to the API.


Is this something that could be of interest? (cc to talk-gb as it's slightly UK-centric but could be used elsewhere potentially)



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