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As I often added opening_hours and sometimes had to search a bit on the websites. I thought why not letting Google do the searching for me ;)
Here is what I came up with. I am using this Google query:
"öffnungszeiten" OR "opening hours" site:$website
and saved the query as bookmark and added a keyword to it in Firefox.
Now if I am at a website like http://example.com/ and I can not find the opening hours right away I just select the location bar with Ctrl-L, hit the right arrow key, add my keyword ("go " for google opening hours) and hit enter …
Today, it can finally be said, I am a Presidential Innovation Fellow at the State Department working on OpenStreetMap for Diplomacy.
This is very exciting, and honestly a bit boggling, how it's all turned out.
9 years ago, I was living in Brighton, UK, and travelled to Nottingham for several days of hacking with some very creative technical people. Invitation was from Ben Russell, "author" of the Headmap Manifesto (read this). Ben was a kind of hero to me, so that was great, and we spent a lot of time with Steve Coast, I built a slippy map for OpenStreetMap. We blew our own minds. Ben summed it up ... OpenStreetMap was going to totally succeed, or fail spectacularly.
The people I've met through pursuing this crazy dream of OpenStreetMap, the adventures, the real places opened up ... I won't even try to sum up how this project has taken over my own life, and changed the whole world for the better. Just this. When we first started talking about OpenStreetMap for Disasters, the response was sometimes polite, often condescending, and always bewildered. Today, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) provides geographic data direct to the ebola response. We didn't ask permission, but believed, listened very carefully, kept working, and created something entirely new.
And this year, the White House and State Department created a Fellowship for OpenStreetMap. The Humanitarian Information Unit (HIU) has already moved mountains with Imagery to the Crowd, providing satellite imagery for digitization into OSM for humanitarian response. Makes whatever comes next seem easy! I'm really looking forward to working with HIU on MapGive, with eDiplomacy, and with others at State, USAID, and other agencies working with OSM. Our class of Round 3 fellows are an impressive bunch, working on hard problems. We've met many folks at our sister groups, 18F, US Digital Service, White House Office of Science and Technology. There is a vibrant spirit here, true believers in transformation of government, but rooted in smart, sobering, hard work and commitment.
The problems facing the world, humanitarian, climate, environmental, economic, are so extreme, everyone must find a substantial way to work together. No matter if you are a slum dweller in Chennai, or a bureaucrat at the World Bank, you contribute to the same database in OpenStreetMap, and that is powerful. In fact this is the role of HOT, to serve as the interface between the quite different worlds of the OpenStreetMap community and humanitarian response, and bring people together. And this is why I put myself forward to serve as a PIF. There are entirely new ways to cooperate and organize now open to us, and while the answers are certainly not obvious, I felt a calling to explore the landscape of potential.
The specifics of what I'll work on are still being created. But all our discussions so far focus on supporting growth of OSM, building as usual in the open, with reusable work for all. I think there will be three parts. First, contribute to curriculum and guides for teaching OSM, and organizing OSM projects and communities (the "softer" stuff, mostly in our collective heads). Second, build software tools to support community organizing, improve data quality, and flow of imagery. Finally, trial all of this somewhere out there, including connecting with other groups working for OSM in DC, through cross agency and organizational collaborations.
I needed to make a few changes to focus on the PIF. I'm stepping down from my role as President of the Board of HOT (but will remain a dedicated Board member). As well, have minimized other commitments at GroundTruth Initiative, Map Kibera, and Moabi. Yet, I'm not going far. I'm still editing right here, contributing on GitHub, publishing, probably more than ever. And especially listening. In a very fundamental way, I can't do this fellowship alone, and rely on the energy and ideas of our collective. I will need your help.
With nothing else to say at the moment … Maps!
Disclaimer: Views are my own!
Short drive from Kamloops and beautiful day to go there. Neat rocks on lake beach and slow part of trace shows brief hike done on a trail featuring numerous fallen tree obstacles.
Cannot upload trace from mobile via WiFi and cannot find my track when browsing the mobile's filesystem via a USB connection. Grrr.
Somalia is mapped scarcely. As map lover and GIS analyst i have vowed to contribute the openstreetmap in Somalia. We will start one day our Openstreetmap community in Somalia.
It took me some time, but I've hit the 1,000 changeset mark.
My 1000th changeset was done in the same area of my first edit, a bus station area in the small Southern California Inland town of Perris where a train route is being constructed.
I remember that one of my very first edits happen to be cutting 2nd Street at the tracks because the original TIGER data had that road going through to the other side.
Here are the fruits of my 1000th changeset:
I am onboard FPSO Brasil. What does this have to do with mapping? Actually not much, really. I have internet access, but various services is blocked, so I cannot do any mapping or chat with mappers, so I am kind of stuck here. But if we are going to be "mappy" about this, than actually I can turn this into something of a geospatial font. The project I am working on is to remove FPSO Brasil from its moorings (hopefully without dropping the mooring lines ontop of the wrack of P36. What do I gain in terms of mapping from this?
- I will know the exact date (and time) when the FPSO is taken off its moorings. The node marking the position is in the database, and should than be removed.
- I might get the exact co-ordinates of the P-36 wreck. I don't think this is in the database. It is still premature to say if I can import that position though, but since water depth on the location is 1260 meters, the wrack does not impose any form of hazards, nor works as any form of artificial reef or fish haven, except that it is a large obstacle for installing subsea infrastructure on the Roncador field.
- Since this requires a few trips between my home place and Campos, I will be able to gather a few GPS tracks and validate a little road data integrity. On my way south yesterday I noticed lots of work ongoing on BR-101, mostly asphalt repairs, but there is a bridge repair where a secondary bridge have been installed, this might be early step of duplication of that stretch of road. I might get a few more hotels in and around Campos because of this (I will check if Terazzo was on the map when I upload the GPX track)
- I still don't know how and where I will get back to dry land when the FPSO have been disconnected and is on its way, I might be among the people going off by helicopters, so I might end up in any one of several heliports serving the Campos Basin (Campos, Farol de São Tome, Macaé, Cabo Frio), or I might be basket-lifted to another vessel and brought to any port in the area (Rio de Janeiro, Macaé, Vitória), which might mean new interesting GPX tracks.
The biggest step in this period is the coverage of new countries:
- Full Africa support
- Europe: a number of new small countries: Azores, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Isle of Man, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, Montenegro, Moldova, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia.
- Europe: a new analyser server in the Netherlands, country divided in regions.
- Southeast Asia is a new server in Germany covering Thailand, Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam.
- Add countries in Asia: Sri Lanka, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan.
- Add Central American countries: Belize, Cuba.
Countries that are not supported by new servers were supported on OpenStreetMap-France or Iceland ones. Now there is a Coverage Map on Osmose.
Meanwhile, new translations came Portuguese, Polish, Japanese and Hungarian.
On the back side engine, fewer bugs and more unit testing and improving mechanisms for testing. Also, added support for a variable number of objects involved in an error.
For data integration proposal analysers, redesign the code format to go to something more descriptive and structured, so less code, more configuration and convention. Improved data integration proposal analysers to add a "dynamic" support. It means manage a large number of different tags for the same OpenData set (typical French sports fields that have 180 different combinations of tags for the same dataset).
On the side of analysers them self, not so many news. This period was a time of maturation, improve the quality and "conquer the world".
- 2060/6 Improved Analysis "number twice in the street"
- 2060/10 addr: housenumber does not start with a number
- 2060/11 Multiple names for the same reference FANTOIR (France only)
- 2060/12 Tag "addr:city" not consistent with the city
- 2060/13 the object does not match the type FANTOIR (France only)
- 7090/3 Isolated barrier
- 8160/1 Unintegrated Paris Autolib ' (Paris only)
- 8170 Dynamic analyser for sports pitch integration (France only)
- 8190 Unintegrated French military Police (France only)
- 8040/71 Bus stop in Wallonia (Wallonia, Belgium only)
- 1150 Big optimization on "intersection between surfaces", save computation time on large countries.
- suppression of import of OpenStreetBugs
On the web interface, adding export to RSS, GPX and remote "everything to JOSM."
Finally, a bridge between Osmose and Maproulette was established. It allows send certain types of errors on the addictive interface of Maproulette. For now, a small number of test categories are sent. These are the categories that begin with "[world]" and "[France]." Maproulette
For the near future we have plan to support all America except the two biggest countries. On large countries (in data) we still need your help to find new servers for Osmose backend analyser.
The streets are incorrectly listed on this site. I sent a message to get it corrected 09/11/2014. County Road X61 is not listed correctly and there are others in the area that need fixed too. KH
Hi, I probably did a dumb mistake.
I had noticed that a bike-road was closed due to construction, with a small chance of being permanent. This has messed up navigation in the area, suggesting to drive through construction fences etc :)
As a "solution" I have removed the bit of road that is no longer accessible. :(
Since then I have read up a bit and understood that may have been wrong. Worse, this may have affected some longer-distance roads (Sverigeleden, a bike trail through all of Sweden).
How do I revert a changeset? http://www.openstreetmap.org/changeset/25360556
I did the edit in the standard browser editor, without selecting JOSM or potlatch or anything.
Can I please have help to resolve this? Either you revert it for me, or (better) tell me how to do it myself?
Sorry if I messed up as a newbie...
I just stumbled over a pile of absolutely useless notes like this one: they are sent by anonymous users so it's not possible to ask them for further information. The accuracy of the note placement is very low, it seems the user isn't able to push the note to the right spot on the actual osm map. Also they seem to provide ready-to-go phrases like "Links abbiegen nicht möglich" ("turning left isn't possible") without a hint about the direction. I also suspect that tool only allows for a radically reduced number of characters in the description of the note.
Thanks "Appello Systems" for giving us such a "great" tool!
After doing the Romanian OSM node density map, i wanted to do something more globally
The map was created by exporting using Qgis Print Composer in 4 different 24806x17716px , because of the limitations of QGIS that does not allow the export of bigger files yet.
The date was obtained using overpass-api, but for simplicity, if you want to do something similar, use the europe planet extract.
There where over 7 million shop,amenity, tourism and leisure POI in Europe that where combined in a single file using the Qgis Plugin > Vector > Data Management Tools > Merge ShapeFiles to one
Using Qgis plugin mmqgis i created a network of around 800.000 hexagons, and using the Qgis plugin "count in polygon" i was able to figure it how many POI are in each hexagon. To get to a more correct answer, i calculated the area for each of the 800.000 hexagons, that is ranging from about 18 square kilometers in south of Sweden to 28 sq km in Madrid, Spain and did a POI/area to get a more exact answer, POI per sq km
TOP 200 POI by number or POI
OpenStreetMap POI density per km2
1.61 GigaPixel OpenStreetMap POI Map of Europe
Just how much of Europe have at least 1 POI per km2 ?
- 361701 km2, similar with the area or Germany, have a density of just 1 POI per km2
- 169428 km2, similar with the area or Greece, have a density 2 POI per km2
- 97592 km2, similar with the area or Hungary, have a density 3 POI per km2
- 68037 km2, similar with the area or Lithuania, have a density 4 POI per km2
- 48142 km2, similar with the area or Slovakia, have a density 5 POI per km2
- 35867 km2, similar with the area or Moldova, have a density 6 POI per km2
The total sum is 983412 km2, to put this in perspective, this means the area of Ukraine and Germany together. The rest of Europe has a density that is less then 1 POI per km2
What i learned.
- Trying to so something as big as this is impossible in QGIS < 2.4
- Except UK, Germany and neighboring county's, the rest of europe has good POI coverage only in big and medium cities
- There is still no simple way to extract all the POI of a country or a continent ( amenity, shop, leisure, tourism )
- There is no possible way to export this map in a interactive way, at least from the Qgis Plugins
It would be possbile only country by country, if somebody with coding skills could make qgis2leaf work with rule-based colors
I am very new to the OpenStreetMap. Can you please let me know if it is possible in OpenStreetMap to generate a Hypsometric tints, e.g.: http://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mapa_hipsometryczna? If yes I would be very grateful for any hint where to fina amanual?
Many thanks in advance!
I recently played a bit with the Overpass API, mainly to finally solve issue number 1 of the opening_hours_map. So I read the Overpass QL wiki page a few times and tried it. After a certain learning curve I now have understood all the basics of it. I have to say, if you work with OSM, knowing the overpass API and the ability to query for arbitrary constellations is a big advantage.
A couple of days after fixing the initial problem I thought about another use case. Since I have been working with opening_hours for some time now I came up with the idea of a query which shows facilities for which opening_hours could easily be added ;) So if your area looks all shiny on the opening_hours_map try running one of those queries ;)
The queries use a relatively new feature of the overpass API to search over keys with regular expressions: See issue 59.
Shameless self plug: If you do not know the evaluation tool yet, I would recommend to check it out since it makes this task so much easier. Just copy the opening hours from the website, add a few semicolons or other rule separators, copy the prettified value over to your editor and you are done …
So, lets add those missing opening_hours ;)
From 1.9. until 30.9. Wikimedia wants to collect nice pictures of cultural heritage. With the Wiki Loves Monuments contest you can win nice prices if your photos show a cultural heritage (building, monument etc.).
But if you go outside, don't forget OpenStreetMap:
- it will support you in finding the cultural heritage monuments
- you can also add the cultural heritage monuments into the OSM-database
Find cultural heritage
You find the cultural heritage in your local city by browsing the country-specific lists of cultural heritages. For example in the overview of Germany's cultural heritage lists you can navigate to the cultural heritage list of the city where you want to go to take pictures.
An online Graphic User Interface you'll find at the Wiki Loves Monuments Map. However the monument lists for Germany are not complete. It seems that they were not found automatically by the Monuments Database-bot. Also there is no possibility to download GPX. Another tool, Panoramap seems to be outdated? I couldn't see anything on it.
Planning routes (with Univisited or WLM-app (Android))
There is a small Android App that will support you in planning routes: Unvisited. You can set how many kilometres you want to go and how many pictures you want to take. It has a special "Wiki Loves Monuments-mode" that will specially look for cultural heritage. You can also take pictures for other Wikipedia articles. This app only shows locations of articles/monuments where a picture is still missing! However this app uses G-Maps and it is not possible to navigate directly to the monuments.
The Wiki Loves Monuments App is the official app to browse monuments, taking pictures and uploading them directly. However I was not able to do anything with this app...
GPX-export and navigation to monuments + taking pictures (with Osmand (Android))
If you want to do a biketour and take pictures you possibly already use the free and offline usable Osmand for Android smartphones. I will show you how to import cultural heritages and how to navigate to them. As an example I will describe the following steps for Bad Sobernheim, a small town in Rhineland-Palatinate/Germany.
- Open list of cultural heritages for your city, e. g. Bad Sobernheim
- Click on "Google" link with right mouse button and copy the link to your clipboard. For German Wikipedia in the upper right corner:
and for English Wikipedia near the References-header. Click on "show" where you find the direct download-link to gpx-file (you can go to step 5):
Other Wikipedias: If your Wikipedia has no links in the upper right corner, you can use kmlexport directly. You have to define the project language (NL, DE, CS, EN, ...) and the article-name. Syntax: https://tools.wmflabs.org/kmlexport?project=LANGUAGE&article=NAME_OF_ARTICLE. See example in the comments.
- a) Open a new tab or window in your browser and insert the copied link. Delete "&redir=google" from adress and hit Enter. The kml-File will be downloaded. Rename the file to XYZ.kml
b) You can use KML to GPX converter, where you can directly paste the downloadlink for kml-file. An Osmand-GPX-file will be downloaded. You can go to step 5.
PLEASE NOTE: This downloads ALL knowing locations of monuments! I don't know how to download locations of missing pictures ONLY. The mentioned Unvisited-App is doing so but I do not know how to download this gpx. Any hints?
- Since version 1.8 of Osmand it should be possible to import kml-files directly However in my test it wasn't possible. So maybe it is necessary to convert the kml-File into a gpx-File. You can use e. g. KML2GPX online tool or the converter mentioned in 3 b) for this purpose.
- Copy the kml- and/or gpx-File to your smartphone and open it with Osmand. Perhaps you need a file manager to find the file on your phone.
- You will see the monuments as an overlay on the Osmand-Map. If you have never used Osmand before, you should download the map for your country first. Tap on a red position marker for about one second, then additional information will appear on the screen (name of the monument as it was in the Wikipedia-table). Tap shortly on this information, then a menu appears where you can navigate directly to the monument or taking a picture.
- You find the pictures in your osmand-directory on your phone in the subdirectory "avnotes". You have to rename them properly and upload them to Wiki commons using the WLM-Upload-agent or the Wikimedia Commons App
Mapping monuments for Historical Map
After your visit of the cultural heritage monument you have local knowledge that you can also contribute to the OpenStreetMap database (perhaps you also did a gps-track using Osmand). Then this heritage-object will appear on the great Map of Historical Objects.
You find the explanation on how to map Historical Objects on the Wiki-page. Keep in mind that there is a nice JOSM-preset with which it is very easy to map such objects. With the optional Heritage-Preset you can add additional heritage-specific information on the objects.
PLEASE NOTE: Only map objects that are listed in the cultural heritage lists, please. Do not map any monuments which are not of heritage importance.
PLEASE NOTE: if applicable, add the Wikidata, WikiCommons or Wikipedia-links. See comments.
Wishes for the future
You see that it is a little bit complicated to combine the two great open projects: driving around to do some mapping and parallely saving the cultural heritage for the upcoming generations. In my eyes it is a waste of the crowds' power if only one thing is done though an open minded human is once a time on a place and wants to contribute to both projects.
So I think we need a little support by a specialized app (that is perhaps a plugin for Osmand):
- show cultural heritage as an overlay
- optionally only show cultural heritage and / or Wikipedia-articles which still needs pictures
- being able to directly navigate to monuments
- optionally plan routes like Univisted-app
- optionally: "alarm-mode" where the phone rings if you are in the neighbourhood of a monument, so that you can take a picture of it and map it
- direct Upload-interface to Wikimedia Commons (automatically rename picture-files)
- directly categorize pictures in Wikimedia Commons
- directly edit the Wikipedia-page and add picture automatically
- ability to add monument to OSM-database. Perhaps using the nice Vespucci app with Historical Objects preset?
- Wikidata integration...
Our page on copyrights says "You are free to copy, distribute, transmit and adapt our data, as long as you credit OpenStreetMap and its contributors.". Ok, if I find out that someone is using OSM data without attribution like http://mapedy.com/ could I, as a contributor, file a complaint or would it have to come from OSM centrally?
General Objective: Map Chihuahua City
First Phase: From Politécnico Nacional to Club Campestre
Map with better resolution than the solution from Google.
Survey = "No freaking way" or Mapping parts of the world no-one else wants to map, Part 2: HMP Sudbury, Derbyshire, UKPosted by Rovastar on 7 September 2014 in English (English)
Sometimes you come across empty spaces on the OSM map.
People map what things that they have an interest in and that is all fine. It is what map the map what is is today. We have railway enthusiasts, walking enthusiasts, cycling enthusiasts, theme park enthusiasts, etc and they pound the streets and tweak with aerially imagery with crazy details and map what is on the ground.
However others things do get neglected. What about the things that nearly everybody has little interest in? Things that people are unlikely to visit (and totally undesirable to visit) in your social circles and do a detailed survey. Things that serve major functions of society, that are signposted prominently on the ground and all we have are blank wiki stub pages about the amenity because the OSM community we care so little. Things that Google even have user reviews about.
What do we do about those?
Well on a trip out today I saw a road sign showing directions for one of these such features and it wasn't on the map. Just a vast empty space.
So in the spirit of embracing social diversity (who knows I might even win the annual OSM diversity award...) I mapped (without a survey and any inside knowledge about to must stress) it from aerial imagery in detail. Mapped a vast area all the buildings, car parking areas, footways, sports pitches, etc. Maybe we (but not me) could have a mapping party there to get more on the ground details...
It was, if you haven't guessed by now, a prison.
It is what we in the UK oxymoronically call an "Open Prison" and is here: http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=17/52.89470/-1.76528 For anyone that wants to look. (I know we should not link to Google but what a great review. https://plus.google.com/111913605620881754283/about?hl=en ;) )
Up next to update that blankest of blank wiki page. http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:amenity%3Dprison Capacity, classification, sex of inmates, offering executions on site, etc.
And maybe even go through a list of all the UK prisons and map them.
In East London, there's a part of Bethnal Green called "Globe Town". It's not very well known, but it's actually indicated by some globe artworks sprinkled around the area - see the photo in this nice article, for example: http://hidden-london.com/gazetteer/globe-town/
I decided to go and do some Bethnal Green mapping today, at least in part because Globe Town wasn't really in OSM yet and also because I'm not even aware of an official definition of the bounds of Globe Town. So I went looking.
I've placed a marker to name the Globe Town locality, and I chose to place it in the Globe Town market square. Is that the centre of Globe Town? I have no idea. But it's at least a prominent place associated with that name.
I also mapped one of the Globe Town globe artworks. I've seen a few of them around but I can't remember where - I'll just have to add them as I find them.
There are a few different things named "Globe" in that part of town. Of course things named after Globe Road don't necessarily have to be in Globe Town, so I'm not sure if it extends to the southern end of Globe Road even though I found "Globe Town recycling centre" at the bottom there.
If anyone knows of any clues, please let me know. Otherwise I'll just have to keep mapping whenever I see a globe...
1. Change default Mapnik style
Terrible Mapnik style has to be heavily refreshed or changed. It looks like from '00 years and it deterring people from OSM. We have 2014 and design trends has changed since then. In my opinion MapSurfer style is the best alternative. It's beautiful and renders more tags than Mapnik.
check MapSurfer style here: http://osmapa.pl/#lat=35.68&lon=10.55&z=3&m=ms
2. Unflattening the map
Imagine interactive OSM - you click on a restaurant building or icon and balloon with opening hours, website etc. shows up, you click on a church and balloon with religion, denomination etc. shows up. Today most of the tags are "hidden". There are some services based on OSM which are showing details but they are barely unknown outside OSM community. OSM is a huge database which contains a lot of informations but they are wasted now.
3. Extend thematical maps
On OSM.org we have 3 thematical layers and:
- bike map could be "tourist map" with bike and hiking trails, emphasized tourist attractions like museums, viewpoints, castles etc.
- public transport map could be "public utility map" with public hospitals, schools, offices etc. emphasized
- humanitarian map could be "danger map" with shelters, ruins, military buildings etc.
4. Promote offline OSM for mobiles
I've got Locus with offline OSM on my phone, but I find (unofficial) website with offline OSM maps for download very late. OSM should standardize one extension of offline map filetype for different apps like Locus or OsmAnd and make official website for downloading this maps, linked on OSM.org. Offline OSM is great because you can save money instead pay for internet on your phone, unfortunately I think very few people know about offline OSM possibility.
5. More boldness :)
I'm using OSM since 2012, and changes or updates which I can see are barely visible. More boldness with making OSM better :)