[Talk-GB] Idea - OSMUK walkers' map application

Nick Whitelegg nick.whitelegg at solent.ac.uk
Fri Dec 4 16:38:02 UTC 2020

I was just thinking it might be a nice idea to have a completely open path problems API that could be used not only for councils but also third party applications.

However as you say council take up could be problematic. Maybe we could provide a link to FixMyStreet?


From: Jon Pennycook <jpennycook at bcs.org.uk>
Sent: 04 December 2020 15:51
To: Nick Whitelegg <nick.whitelegg at solent.ac.uk>
Subject: Re: [Talk-GB] Idea - OSMUK walkers' map application

For reporting problems, maybe FixMyStreet might be interested - see https://osm.fixmystreet.com/
They have sold a product to some councils to allow integration between the website and the council's (and their contractor's) back end systems.

I think that trying to encourage councils to use another API might be a challenge unless you offer them money.

On Fri, 4 Dec 2020, 15:43 Nick Whitelegg via Talk-GB, <talk-gb at openstreetmap.org<mailto:talk-gb at openstreetmap.org>> wrote:

Just floating an idea for a possible OSMUK site, namely an OSMUK 'semi-official'  web application for walkers and hikers.

This could provide similar functionality to sites such as the Ramblers' Pathwatch (https://www.ramblers.org.uk/advice/pathwatch-report-path-features-and-problems.aspx) allowing users to report path problems as well as nice views, historical sites and so on. It could also provide info such as train or bus times (by clicking on a rail station), beers served (for a pub), routing via public transport to a given countryside location, and so on.

Reported path problems could be then made available via an API, which could be used by councils - and, given we have the council ROW data available to us via rowmaps.com<http://rowmaps.com>  - the right of way reference could be sourced from this if it's not in OSM already.

For rendering, we could perhaps use Andy Townsend's SomeoneElse-style, maybe tweaked a little, as it appears to be the most actively maintained of all the England and Wales renderings. This could be setup on our own server, I seem to remember experimenting with this a couple of years ago when the OSMUK idea was first floated, on a server which had been loaned to the community (I need to re-check my emails, and indeed check if this server is still open for us to use!)

I've done similar things to this in the past on a small scale, e.g. Freemap (free-map.org.uk<http://free-map.org.uk>) once had the facility to add path problems, but now we have the OSMUK organisation in existence, maybe a semi-official OSMUK walkers' map with added functionality would have greater traction and it's something that could be launched as a project on GitHub?


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