[Talk-GB] How to map new housing?

Donald Noble drnoble at gmail.com
Sun Mar 10 21:08:07 UTC 2019


As others have pointed out there is no particular way to do this, but I
find that cycling round the roads with a helmet mounted video camera,
speaking out the road names/house numbers as I go past. Often it takes a
few visits to get everything correct, but even if it is not perfect it can
still be helpful.

The advantage I find with video is you get more context than still images.
However I sometimes also use still images to try and triangulate the
positions of parts I can't access, or upload to Mapillary to allow others
to use them for other purposes.

For building outlines, I usually just estimate the size based on the number
of houses and the length of road from the GPS traces, offsetting back from
the road by eye. I tend to draw simple boxes, rather than try and be too
accurate. Once new imagery is available (every year or so), the size/shape
can be tweaked.

Hope this helps,

On Fri, 8 Mar 2019 at 10:37 Dave Abbott <Dave.Abbott at pandaemonia.org> wrote:

> Hi,
> I'm quite new to OSM, and am wondering how I might go about mapping new
> housing plots in my area.
> In general, there is nothing on the imagery - I know I can walk the new
> streets and map them with GPS - but how to go about mapping the new
> buildings?
> Is there a guide I can look at?
> TIA,
> Dave Abbott
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