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

Nick Allen nick.allen.54 at gmail.com
Tue Oct 28 04:55:15 UTC 2014


Nick

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From: nick.allen.54 at gmail.com
Date: 28 Oct 2014 04:27
Subject: Re: [Talk-GB] [OSM-talk] OpenStreetMap ten years on, and why it's
time for a fresh slate
To: Tim Saunders <tim_s_63 at hotmail.com>
Cc:

I'd like to see something similar as well.

I've started adding a survey date tag, especially to shops that seem to
need a check every so often.  Two things that could then be of use;
1. A map render that colour coded shops according to the time since last
survey (red if over 2 years?)
2. A phone friendly simple list of the tags applied to a shop.

At the moment I take a field paper print of a row of shops with me when I
re-survey, but this only gives me an icon on the map for some. I end up
taking pages of notes which I compare with the existing tags when I get
home. Photos of the opening hour displayed helps but it would be good if I
could take something with me, either on the phone or as a printed sheet, so
I could quickly compare and only make notes of any alterations.

Are there any Genii's still in existence?

Nick

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On 27 Oct 2014 21:53, "Tim Saunders" <tim_s_63 at hotmail.com> wrote:

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)



Nick

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