[Talk-GB] Quarterly Project Apr-Jun

Brian Prangle bprangle at gmail.com
Tue Apr 9 19:36:14 UTC 2019

An idea to increase a wider participation in our latest Quarterly Project

Using Pascal Neis's site Overview of OpenStreetMap Contributors aka Who's
around me? <http://resultmaps.neis-one.org/oooc?layers=B00FTFFFFT> and
zooming to the locality you're interested in and locating a suitable user (
preferably active recently) you could use the following template to
encourage wider participation in our quarterly project. It's obviously also
amendable for other "ghosts"

Thanks for your contribution to OpenStreetMap. Can I ask a small favour to
help improve our map? I'd like you check  a detail local to you : go to the
 bank  ENTER LOCATION HERE  which we have labelled as Lloyds TSB and find
out if it is now Lloyds or TSB (or indeed closed). You can edit the map
directly, leave a note on the main map on the OSM website or reply to this
email whichver is easiest for you. . This would greatly help our current
national Quarterly Project which is trying to get up to date with all the
name changes and closures on our High Streets. If you'd like to do more in
you locality for this project then details can be found here

If this finds traction then we would probably need to co-ordinate by
region/locality to prevent us from duplicating commuications  to users
which would only piss them off rather than encourage them



On Sun, 31 Mar 2019 at 13:56, Brian Prangle <bprangle at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi everyone
> Our current Quarterly Project -  using Food Hygiene Rating Standard data
> to improve addresses - ends today. We now have nearly 70,000 entities
> tagged with their fhrs:id identifier. During the quarter the addition of
> postcode data showed little sign of abating
> <https://osm.mathmos.net/addresses/history/>.
> So we've had another productive Quarterly Project- thank you to everyone
> who contributed
> Our next Quartely Project continues the theme of addresses but from
> another angle. This quarter should see us address the issue of the major
> change under way on all our high streets as the retail sector continues its
> restructuring under the impact of online services
> The first priority should be to reduce the number of "Ghosts". Ghosts are
> businesses that no longer exist (e.g Toys R US, BHS) or have changed name
> due to merger or takeover or rebranding (e.g Lloyds TSB, Staples,
> Co-operative Pharmacies).
> A comprehensive list can be found here <https://osm.mathmos.net/ghosts/>.
> There are probably more announcements to be made to add to our work, as
> bank and atm networks continue to retract. This could be a good opportunity
> to build community links by contacting local mappers in areas that need
> some attention to their high streets, rather than armchairing the exercise.
> Of course  not all retail businesses on our High Streets are  chains so
> the project can be regarded as generally improving coverage  and detail
> of retail areas.
> Some other resources to help you
> Nameless shops and other POIs <https://osm.mathmos.net/nameless/>
> Survey Me! <https://osm.mathmos.net/survey/>
> We are also trying to get a StreetComplete instance set up to help with
> surveying/editing.  Adam <adam at osmuk.org> from the OSMUK Board is leading
> this initiative and is keen to get some assistance.
> Regards
> Brian
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