[OSM-talk] OpenStreetBugs

Tue Jul 1 22:06:28 BST 2008

Ludwig :
> What about the ability to generate email alerts depending on region,
> so one could subscribe to all new bug reports within a bounding box?

Try RSS feeds. That's working in Thunderbird as if you receive an email 
for each new bug of the area you choose. (And you can get as many RSS 
feeds as area you want to survey)

> The email could contain the GPX file as attachment for easy upload to
> GPS.

In the RSS feed, you obtain a link to the bug. Thus you can edit it in 
potlatch with 3 clics.

Florian L.
> Subscribe to it via the RSS feed and use an rss2email program

Yeah, that's another possibility :-)

> to convert "FIXME" notes to bugs in openstreetbugs

That's a serious work. It implies duplicated data, and thus consistency 
issues and policies.
Thinking of it, another solution would be to show FIXMES on the Maplint 
layer... or another special rendered layer.

I put this feature is on the far bottom of the ToDo list...

> The other one would be to load the openstreetbugs into a JOSM layer.
> So take the OSB gpx file - do the survey - load the map into JOSM and
> load the bugs aswell to show the positions to focus on.

Do you propose a new feature that I do not understand? Do you know that 
it's already possible to open the OSB-GPX into JOSM? You get a new layer 
with bugs on it.

Maybe you propose a JOSM plugin to download automatically bugs from OSB? 
(If somebody want to do that...)

> My guess here is that in the future even my Mum and Dad will probably
> open bugs (due to the simplistic interface)

I dream of it :-)

> So it would probably not even be necessary to do survey, just to open
> the editor so this would make this type of workflow much faster and
> simpler.

The advantage of being formal, with a workflow, is that it's efficient.
But you could loose the human interaction with the newbies (your 
parents). I think it's important for them to see that there are people 
behind and that they can also work with better tools than OSB : potlatch 
and JOSM.

> Another idea would probably be to classify bugs from a drop down
> list. Looking at the TomTom Mapshare stuff this is really nice. Just
> the top 10 causes for mapping errors - Spelling, Junction Changed,
> Road Changed etc. This could be used to display different icons and
> make it obvious what to look for on the survey ;).

This is a frequently proposed feature. However, I really like the 
extreme simplicity and liberty.
Also, I think there is too many kind of errors to be obvious. If I had 
another kind of marker, that would be a "no-bug" marker, just to discuss 
with other mappers.

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