[Talk-GB] Quarterly Projects: further suggestions

Stuart Reynolds stuart at travelinesoutheast.org.uk
Mon Dec 19 13:11:29 UTC 2016

I like the rail and bus station mapping. Even where information on National Rail Stations Made Easy exists, it is often out of date and is also not a 'data set' in the way we understand data.

Take a look at Victoria Underground station in OSM to see what can be achieved with levels and all the different transfer 'means' eg lifts, ramps, escalators etc

For traveline south east and anglia

On 19 Dec 2016, at 12:58, SK53 <sk53.osm at gmail.com<mailto:sk53.osm at gmail.com>> wrote:

Dear All,

A few additional suggestions, largely concerned with accessibility issues:

  *   Step Counts. Partly inspired by Richard Fairhurst,<https://twitter.com/richardf/status/803701578528124929> but also by my own needs. For many of us (parents, people with COPD (e.g., me, but I know other OSM contributors too) , older people, etc., etc.) steps are OK in small quantities, but beyond a certain number .which will vary with the person (and what they are carrying). it may well be desirable to avoid them.

Current numbers of steps by region are as follows:

East Midlands:  593 with steps 3429 without
West Midlands: 51 with steps 1400 without
Wales: 145 with steps 1672 without
Scotland: 662 with steps 5373 without
Northern Ireland: 9 with steps 263 without
East of England: 1132 with steps 2741 without
South-East England: 553 with steps 5072 without
South-West England: 319 with steps 4730 without
North-West England: 107 with steps 3191 without
North-East England: 211 with steps 1287 without
Yorkshire and the Humber: 262 with steps 2680 without
Greater London: 252 with 4286 without

I'm pretty sure we are missing masses of steps: we have mapped over 1000 in Nottingham City alone. However, finding them is another matter. So adding info to those already done is easier. Like many objects just a visit may elicit other things to map. This brings me to the next suggestion.

  *   Railway & Bus stations. There are now excellent precedents for mapping public transport interchanges in a lot of detail (e.g., work done by the OpenRailwayMap team in Germany & the Transilien<https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/WikiProject_France/Transilien#Gares>. In general the focus should be in adding information which helps with access. Adding this type of detail may provide opportunities to engage with facility owners & promoting open data strategies for improving information about access for people with restricted mobility. Additionally these provide a special domain for mappers to learn about Simple 3D buildings & indoor tagging.

  *   Disabled Parking Spaces. I find the current method (amenity=parking_space<https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:amenity%3Dparking_space>, disabled=yes) not entirely satisfactory, but this is what currently exists. Also capacity tags can be used, but don't show where disabled spaces are located in larger facilities. There may be some open data on this for some cities (e.g., Nottingham<http://www.opendatanottingham.org.uk/dataset.aspx?id=25>. Most spaces will be in town/city centres and public & customer car parks.

Of course these could be lumped together as a general "access for restricted mobility" quarterly project, but I think the area is so large that it's better to focus on smaller targets.



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