[OSM-talk] Foursquare and OSM Note Instructions

Toby Murray toby.murray at gmail.com
Fri Mar 28 06:26:07 UTC 2014

I would say that missing data is a form of error in OSM and I have used
notes to indicate such things before. The only problem with adding things
based only on notes is that we don't know the source or accuracy of the
information, especially from anonymous notes. We get a lot of notes from
Craigslist. (anything you see that starts with "bounds:") Some of them have
an address in them but are often a couple blocks away from the indicated
street because the user didn't take time to refine the marker position.
That is kind of useless.

On the other hand, I have added some things like gas stations from notes.
If I can see a gas station roof in aerial imagery and the note says it is a
BP gas station then I will add that. And of course there are often notes
that just indicate that we are missing a new neighborhood. Here in the US I
can sometimes fill in the missing roads from TIGER data.


On Thu, Mar 27, 2014 at 11:34 PM, Jason Ward <jasonjward5 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Alex,
> Good question and I have since figured out how to access notes I have
> touched/resolved to demonstrate my point.  My treatment of notes is
> probably the problem.  :)
> I see this note [1] as being a legitimate use case for them in that there
> used to be a roundabout there and not the intersection has been
> reconfigured (ie.  OSM is "in error")
> I see this note [2] as being an illegitimate use case for them.  (ie. OSM
> is NOT "in error" rather OSM is "missing" this data).  You can see how I
> have tried to encourage the user to engage with OSM.
> Note [3] is similar to Note [2] but my treatment has been to resolve with
> the comment I have made (At the detriment of a future OSM editor?).  This
> is one of my earlier note exercises.
> [1]: http://www.openstreetmap.org/note/6598
> [2]: http://www.openstreetmap.org/note/118639
> [3]: http://www.openstreetmap.org/note/99910
> I think the notes are great and I've used them in areas where I have
> passed through and noted obvious errors for local mappers.  With the 4sq
> channel though I'm wondering if my logic and subsequent action to resolve
> is too literal and I should leave Notes of Type [2] / [3] in place.  Is
> this the intent of Notes moving forward?
> Cheers,
> Jason
> On 28 March 2014 13:05, Alex Barth <alex at mapbox.com> wrote:
>> Hey Jason -
>> I'm not sure I follow as Foursquare's page says:
>> "If you just want something small fixed but don't have the time to sign
>> up and edit, it's easy to add a note."
>> Which seems to be in line with how you're using notes (reporting errors).
>> What am I missing?
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