[OSM-talk] WhatOSM, a guide for contribution tools

Jo winfixit at gmail.com
Fri Sep 22 10:11:07 UTC 2017


I don't really mind having Mapillary in there, but if you do, you'd have to
mention OpenStreetCam as well, of course.

When I go out to survey using making Mapillary pictures, it's true I'm not
adding data using Vespucci or Walking Papers, but I wouldn't do those
things anyway.

Making automated picture sequences doesn't really get in the way of what
I'm actuallly doing, cycling, or walking.

When couch mapping they are often really handy to have and work with, so I
definitely helps us. Aerial imagery is great, but even at high resolution
it's not possible to see every detail on it.

Jo

2017-09-22 11:57 GMT+02:00 Tobias Knerr <osm at tobias-knerr.de>:

> On 21.09.2017 19:45, PanierAvide wrote:
> > http://projets.pavie.info/whatosm/
>
> This may be controversial, but I don't think a guide for people
> considering to contribute to OSM should send them away to Mapillary.
> They aren't part of OSM proper and arguably compete with us for
> volunteer time. Mapillary let us use their images, of course, but they
> have that in common with a lot of other orgs that no one would mistake
> for being part of the OSM project.
>
> > It can be used by new contributors, but also more experimented ones, who
> > don't know what to do anymore in their neighbourhood.
>
> For new contributors, the recommendations feel a bit too focused on
> niche use cases, and not enough on core OSM. When people have a few
> hours or days to spare and want to contribute to OSM, then I would
> almost always recommend that they start mapping in their local area
> using iD or JOSM (depending on computer skills).
>
> Something else to consider is that "outside" and "remotely" does not
> cover the entire OSM experience. In fact, the traditional way to
> contribute is to collect data outside, and enter it back at home. Right
> now, that's not an option with your tool.
>
> Hope this mail doesn't come across as too negative! I mostly focussed on
> potential improvements rather than the things that worked fine for me
> (i.e. everything not mentioned here).
>
> Tobias
>
>
>  It might be
> > interested to show this to people when doing mapping parties. User
> > interface works as well on desktop as on smartphone.
> >
> > This project is open source and is available on this repository :
> >
> > https://framagit.org/PanierAvide/WhatOSM
> >
> > You can contribute to it by proposing tools which allow contributing
> > more or less directly to OpenStreetMap. Also, if you speak English +
> > another language, you can help translating the application :
> >
> > https://www.transifex.com/openlevelup/whatosm/
> >
> > If you have any ideas or suggestions, let me know :-)
> >
> > Regards,
> >
> > Adrien.
> >
>
>
>
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