[OSM-talk] OSM on The Reg

Russ Nelson russ at cloudmade.com
Wed Feb 11 15:45:55 GMT 2009

On Feb 11, 2009, at 6:37 AM, Gert Gremmen wrote:
> I think he is representative for a lot newbies....

Probably.  Been to Wikimapia.org lately?  They now have shapes on  
their POI database.  The method for drawing shapes is VERY simple.   
LIke this:
   o Click "Add place"
   o Move the corners of the box.
   o If you need another vertex, hover near the line and it creates a  
rubber-band line.  Move the cursor far enough away and it stops rubber- 
   o Click on the vertices of the object.

Of course, their job is easier  because they're letting you trace  
Google Maps aerial photos.  Plus they have no contributor agreement  
(last time I checked), so they don't own the data they've collected.   
It's a horrible bodge, but we can definitely take some usability ideas  
from them.  They didn't acquire 9M POIs by being hard to use.

Russ Nelson - http://community.cloudmade.com/blog - http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/User:RussNelson
russ at cloudmade.com - http://openstreetmap.org/user/RussNelson

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