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Belgische Mapper van de Maand: Stijn Rombauts

Posted by escada on 22 April 2016 in English (English)

Wie ben je ?

Stijn Rombauts is 37 jaar, bio-ingenieur van opleiding en werkt bij de Vlaamse Milieumaatschappij, waar hij computermodellen van waterlopen bouwt en onderhoudt, die gebruikt worden in overstromingsvoorspellers of bij het ontwerp van wachtbekkens of vistrappen e.d. Omdat hij voor z’n werk meestal achter de computer zit, probeert hij in z’n vrije tijd zoveel mogelijk actief buiten in de natuur te zijn: te voet, met de mountainbike of in de kano.

Stijn Rombauts

Wanneer en op welke manier leerde je OpenStreetMap kennen ?

Vooral als mountainbiker ben ik altijd op zoek naar de interessantere onverharde paden en wegen en ik geraakte op den duur teleurgesteld in de (gedateerde) kaarten van het NGI. Veldwegen en bospaden hebben nogal te nijging te verdwijnen, ergens anders terug te verschijnen of te verharden. En zo ben ik ergens in de herfst van 2012 op OpenStreetMap gebotst: een kaart die op dat vlak vaak nog wel een pak slechter was en is, maar waar ik tenminste zelf kan aan bijdragen.

Gebruik je OpenStreetMap ook zelf ?

Eigenlijk gebruik ik OpenStreetMap weinig. Ik heb wel een OpenStreetMap-kaart op m’n GPS staan, maar da’s dan eerder om tijdens mijn tochten te controleren of dat paadje hier links al in OSM zit. En ik moet toegeven dat ik meestal nog eerder naar Google Maps en Streetview grijp.

Hoe map je ?

In den beginne lag mijn focus dus op de veldwegen en bospaden. Na een tijdje ben ik ook wandel- en mountainbikeroutes beginnen toevoegen. Maar gaandeweg werd het me duidelijk dat andere aspecten wel wat verfijning konden gebruiken. Zo zijn de meeste wegen gemapt toen de eerste luchtfoto’s beschikbaar zijn geworden (vermoed ik). Maar veel van die wegen liggen niet helemaal op de juiste plaats. En er zijn wegen bijgekomen, kruispunten heraangelegd, fietspaden aangelegd e.d. Daarom heb ik me al vele avonden geamuseerd met het controleren van elk wegsegmentje, niet alleen qua ligging maar ook qua tags. Het noorden van Limburg heb ik zo al eens doorploegd; momenteel ben ik even overgeschakeld naar Vlaams-Brabant. En en passant bekijk ik dan ook de foutmeldingen in Osmose en Keepright. En soms word ik afgeleid door spoorwegen of dan weer door een stukje landgebruik of nog iets anders. M’n actieradius is eigenlijk nog behoorlijk klein: Limburg, Vlaams-Brabant, Luik en Luxemburg, op een uitzonderlijke zijsprong naar Frankrijk of Noorwegen na.

Waar ben jij als mapper het meest trots op?

Het zijn allemaal maar kleine bouwsteentjes die ik links en rechts toevoeg aan het al imposante OSM-kasteel. Maar ondertussen heb ik blijkbaar toch al bijna 300 wandelroutes toegevoegd of gecontroleerd.

Stijn's Achivements Stijn's Achivements

Waarom map je ? Wat motiveert je ?

Ik ben altijd al licht autistisch geïnteresseerd of gefascineerd geweest door kaarten. En nu mag ik zelf echte kaarten tekenen! Wat meer zou ik nog kunnen wensen? ;-) Soms ben ik ook wel eventjes beu, maar dat duurt nooit lang.

Doe je ook nog andere dingen ivm OpenStreetMap ?

Misschien te weinig. Ik heb al vaak gedacht dat ik wat meer tijd in de wiki zou moeten steken. In de talk-be mailinglijst passeert heel wat interessante informatie, maar uiteindelijk is dat een redelijk vluchtig en onoverzichtelijk medium. Zeker voor nieuwe mappers gaat er zo veel informatie verloren.

Heb je ideeën over hoe we de OpenStreetMap gemeenschap kunnen uitbreiden?

De moeilijkste vraag, zeker? Ik volg het niet allemaal op de voet, maar misschien dat via contacten met organisaties als Trage Wegen de bekendheid van en interesse in OSM het snelst kan groeien.

Wat is de grootste sterkte van OpenStreetMap volgens jou?

Dat mappers van over de hele wereld kunnen meewerken aan het maken van kaarten aan de andere kant van de wereld en dan vooral voor landen of regio’s waar er geen degelijke kaarten bestaat, lijkt mij de grootste sterkte. Vele kleintjes maken een groot.

Wat is de grootste uitdaging/moeilijkheid voor OpenStreetMap ?

In België is al heel veel al wel een keer gemapt. De grote uitdaging de komende jaren lijkt mij: hoe houden we alles up-to-date? Dat ergens een stuk landgebruik ontbreekt, is gemakkelijk te zien. Dat ergens een stuk landgebruik al 5 jaar niet meer is nagekeken, is een pak lastiger te zien. Hetzelfde voor wegen, wandel-, fiets en busroutes en alle andere zaken die in OSM zitten.

Hoe blijf je op de hoogte van nieuwtjes ivm OpenStreetMap ? …

Eigenlijk alleen via de talk-be mailinglist. Wat natuurlijk maakt dat mijn venster op de ruimere, internationale OSM-wereld behoorlijk klein is.

Heb je contact met andere mappers ?

Ik ben al ‘ns keertje naar een meetup in Leuven en Antwerpen geweest, maar tja, vanuit het verre Limburg...

Om af te sluiten, is er iets dat je de lezer nog zou willen meedelen ?

Verdorie, zo’n lange vragenlijst. Weer een avond dat ik niet heb kunnen mappen… ;-)

Belgian Mapper of the Month: Stijn Rombauts

Posted by escada on 22 April 2016 in English (English)

Stijn Rombauts is a 37 year old bio-engineer who works for the Flanders Enviroment Agency, where he builds and maintains computermodels of streams and rivers. Those models are used to predict floods and to plan of e.g. fish steps and waiting basins. Because he spends a lot of time in front of the computer for his job, he tries to be active, in the nature, during his spare time: be it on foot, with the mountain bike or in a canoe.

Stijn Rombauts

How and when did you discover OpenStreetMap ?

As a mountain biker, I am constantly on the lookout for interesting unpaved paths and roads. In the end I got disappointed in the dated maps of the NGI. Field roads and forest paths have the tendency to disappear and to reappear elsewhere or to become a paved way. This lead me to OpenStreetMap, somewhere in the autumn of 2012. A map that was often worse with respect to those unpaved roads, but at least I could improve it myself.

Do you Use OpenStreetMap ?

I rarely use OpenStreetMap. I do have an OpenStreetMap-map on my GPS, but that is used only to check the existence of the paths during one of my excursions. I have to admit that I still rely on Google Maps and StreetView most of the time.

How do yo map ?

When I just started, the focus was on field roads and forest paths. After awhile I also started to add walking and mountain bike routes. But gradually, it became clear that other aspects also needed refinement. I expect that most roads are mapped when the first aerial images became available. But most of those roads are not located correctly. And new roads have been added, crossings have been redesigned, cycleways have been created, etc. That is why I have entertained myself already during many evenings by checking each and every road segment, not only the positions, but also the tags. I worked myself through the roads in the north of the Limburg province. Right now I am doing the same in Vlaams-Brabant. During this task I also look at the errors reported by Osmose and Keepright. Sometimes I get distracted by the railways, or some land use issues or some other problems. My action area is rather small: Limburg, Vlaams-Brabant, Luik and Luxemburg, with an occasional dodge to France or Norway.

What is your biggest achievement as mapper?

I only add small building blocks in several different places to the impressive OpenStreetMap-castle. But in the meantime it seems that I have added or checked almost 300 walking routes.

Stijn's Achivements

Stijn's Achivements

Why do you map ? What motivates you ?

I always had a light autistic interest or fascination for maps. And now I am allowed to draw real maps myself ! What more can I wish ? :-) There are periods during which I loose interest, but they never last long.

Do you do other things for OpenStreetMap besides mapping ?

Maybe not enough. It is not the first time that I wonder whether I should spend more time in the wiki. A lot of interesting information passes on the Belgian mailing list, but in the end that is a fairly volatile and cluttered medium. This means that a lot of information gets lost, especially for new mappers.

Do you have ideas to extent the community ?

The most difficult question, I assume ? I am not so familiar with this topic, but maybe the interest in OpenStreetMap and its community can grow the fastest via contacts with organisations such as Trage Wegen. (which is an organisation that works around roads for non-motorized traffic).

What are the strong points of OpenStreetMap ?

I think that the main strength of OpenStreetMap is that mappers from all over the world can contribute to the creation of a map on the other side of the world, especially for countries or regions for which no decent maps exist. Many small ones make one great.

What is the biggest challenge for OpenStreetMap ?

In Belgium, we have already mapped a lot of things already once. I think that the biggest challenge for the years to come is to keep all of this up-to-date. When a piece of land use is missing, one can easily spot this. That a piece of land use has not been checked, is much harder to see. The same holds for roads; hiking, cycling and public transport routes and all other objects in OpenStreetMap.

How do you stayed informed about OpenStreetMap news ?

Actually, only through the talk-be mailing list. This is of course a limited view on the activities of the world-wide OpenStreetMap community.

Do you have contact with other mappers ?

I have visited meetups in Leuven and Antwerp, but it was a long drive from Limburg.

Anything else you want to mention ?

Damn, such a long interview. Another night I could not map ...;-)

Mapping exit numbers on US motorways

Posted by jinalfoflia on 22 April 2016 in English (English)

The data team at Mapbox has been trying out mapping missing motorway exit numbers in the US. Based on the density of Mapillary street photographs, the following 9 US states were chosen to improve:

  • California
  • Florida
  • New Jersey
  • Maryland + DC
  • Pennsylvania
  • Washington State
  • Colorado
  • Texas
  • Illinois

We used the checkautopista2 tool which made it very easy to detect exits that lack a ref tag. In summary we found most of these exits to have no official exit number and added the noref=yes tag when we could confirm it on official documents or on Mapillary photographs.

exit These are the exit numbers added by the team. The pink dots represent ref=* tags and the blue dots represnt noref=yes tags added by the team, click here to view the full map

The team has been working on this from 31 March 2016 to 14th April 2016 and reviewed more than 220 highways.

  • Number of ref=* added by team on nodes highway=motorway_junction are 63
  • Number of noref=yes added by team on nodes highway=motorway_junction are 219

This is the workflow that was used for this mapping activity. Would be great to hear your feedback on how it can be improved for further such tasks, please drop a comment here or on the project tracker.

Happy Mapping!

Mapping Torre Annunziata

Posted by doktorpixel14 on 22 April 2016 in English (English)

Hey, Today I present you my work in Torre Annunziata (near Naples) of the last two months:

After I edited Before I edited

Here you see the map now, compared to the MapQuest Open map (which is not updated yet).

I created more then 10,000 objects, which include shops, addresses, buildings and streets.

Location: Rione Carceri, Torre Annunziata, NA, Campania, Italy

Running for HOT Chair of Voting Members

Posted by mikelmaron on 20 April 2016 in English (English)

I'm running for Chair of Voting Members for Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team.

I see the Chair as a straightforward role. The key responsibility is to communicate responsibilities and opportunities to HOT Voting Members, and organize the space for official convening and processes. This includes notification of Annual and Special Meetings, Elections and Ballots, as well as ensuring announcements of other meetings, like Working Groups. Expect to work closely with the Board Secretary and HOT's Operations Coordinator, and the Governance Working Group, in these tasks.

My work over the last year with the Governance Working Group has prepared me well for this role. I have been closely studying, revising and clarifying HOT's Bylaws and processes, with focus on making our governance work well for us.

This work be done with excellent clarity. HOT Voting Members cover nearly every time zone, many languages, and everyone's time is precious. Our governance responsibilities should be straightforward and understandable, so we can focus most of our efforts on the amazing core work of HOT.

Using Maps.me mobile editor for the first time

Posted by jinalfoflia on 20 April 2016 in English (English)

Maps.me is a mobile application that provides offline map service world wide and it uses OpenStreetMap. It also provides a provision to add POIs and building information. This means more eyes and contributors to OpenStreetMap. I played around with maps.me application for Android, these are some points that we should make note of:

  • The UI is smooth and makes it easy to add POI's on map.
  • It's a really good mobile editor.
  • The app provides fields that will help the user add information about a POI/Buildings conveniently.
  • The maps are updated only with the next release of the application, so the changes made by the user on OpenStreetMap will not be reflected until the next release of the application.
  • The tags provided are limited, for example common tag like university is absent.

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  • These maps are downloaded and saved offline, so the changes made are also saved locally and they get pushed automatically to OpenStreetMap once the user connects to the Internet.
    • There is no pop-up stating that the data is being uploaded to OSM
    • The app adds it's own changeset comment (the user doesn't have an option to add custom comment to the changes they make) screen shot 2016-04-20 at 12 52 06 pm

Adding a place using maps.me application

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Issues that are concerning:

  • Since the map is only updated with the new release of the application, there are possibilities of duplication of data.
  • One can add POIs on top of another POIs. The application doesn't caution users with a warning that data already exists.
  • Many POIs were found to be in the middle of the road, this is probably due to gps variations.

poornibadrinath and I came across these changesets which has the editor=maps.me, here are the observations:

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Feature requests, bugs and suggestions regarding this application can be reported in their github repository.

Open Peer Review Process at Mapbox

Posted by pratikyadav on 20 April 2016 in English (English)

As part of the Mapbox Data team, we make sure that our contributions to OpenStreetMap from our mapping projects, through user feedback and support to HOT activations are at par with the OpenStreetMap data quality standards. One of the ways we check data quality is through our weekly manual peer review process.

To be more open towards our QA processes, we are bringing our manual peer review accessible for anyone to participate.

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The process of manual peer review are as follows:

  • Every Wednesday a new Peer Review Ticket will be opened in our mapping repo with the following information:

    • List of projects the team worked on last week;
    • Link to each member's edits (in .osm format) extracted using osm-history-processor
    • Instructions on loading data to JOSM.
  • After loading the data for a specific team member in JOSM, we compare the edits to the latest data.

  • We use JOSM filters to see only the edits of a specific team member.

  • We review quality based on the context of the mapping project. Specifically, we look for:

  • The reviews are compiled as ticket comments for each team member providing links to changeset/ways/nodes that should be fixed.

  • Each team members will check all reported issues and correct the edit if necessary. In case of disagreements, we use changeset comments to discuss specific edits.

Aside from the manual peer review, we also run daily automated error detection with OSMLint and validation using the Tasking Manager.

We invite the community to take part in the process and improve workflow. Feel free to comment on the peer review ticket to report any quality issues in our edits.

Happy mapping.

Mapbox's probably fragmentary "Tracking conversations" tool

Posted by malenki on 19 April 2016 in English (English)

This message I wanted to send to Mapbox. Regrettably you either need to create an account to "contact" them or use some fancy social network foo.
Ever written an email on twitter?

Thus I paste the mail here and link it on twitter. Brave new world…

Hi,

in January you published a new tool named "tracking conversations"¹ which is supposed to list (I assume all) comments a user made on Notes or Changeset Discussions at OSM. Querying for changeset discussions I contributed to since January shows a meagre three discussions:
https://www.mapbox.com/osm-comments/#/changesets/?q=from:2016-01-01%20users:malenki&show=all
Pascal Neis' tool which shows only the discussions of the last seven days lists seven changeset discussions from me: http://resultmaps.neis-one.org/osm-discussions#11/51.1279/14.2215

Do I handle your tool wrong or does it have a bug?

Best regards
[malenki]

Please send an answer to osm at malenki dot ch
(It would be useful to have an "your email address"-field on the tech support form as well)

¹ https://www.mapbox.com/blog/osm-comments/

Updating NYC building footprints - Part 1

Posted by PlaneMad on 19 April 2016 in English (English)

NYC had an import of over 1 million building footprints and 900,000 addresses in 2014 from the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT). The DoITT GIS releases an updated shapefile of the footprints every quarter, and the latest version can be accessed here: Building footprints | Address points

Open datasets like these are a great opportunity to explore how OSM can be used as a bridge between authoritative information and that crowdsourced by citizens. Two years after the import, it is interesting to see how the OSM data compares with the latest official footprints. The interesting questions to ask is:

  • What has improved in the DoITT footprints that can be updated in OSM?
  • What has improved in OSM that can be updated in the DoITT data?

Both of these are pretty challenging questions and requires some careful data comparison and conflation. manings and I were trying our hand at answering these questions and here is our progress.

Preparing the data

Grab the latest NYC footprints from DoITT and the NYC OSM extract from Mapzen.

Use QGIS to filter only the buildings from the OSM extract and save it as a separate shapefiles to make the analysis slightly faster.

Visual diff of footprints

A simple way to quickly see a difference between the geometries in the two datasets is to do a visual diff by overlapping the layers with different colors. Geometries that don't overlap will show the color of the underlying layer.

screenshot 2016-04-14 17 34 26 Green=missing in DoITT; Yellow= OSM overlaps DoITT; Red=missing in OSM. (interactive map)

This is a purely visual comparison and with some eyeballing, we noticed not much has changed. The green buildings on the New Jersey side are outside the import area and do not exist in the DoiTT dataset. We know have a few more questions that lie unanswered:

  • Why are there missing buildings in the latest DoiTT data, is it because OSM more updated, or have the buildings been demolished and OSM is outdated?
  • Why are there missing buildings in OSM? Were they demolished and deleted, or were they never they never added in the first place?

Both the above questions can be answered if we know which dataset is more updated, and the only reliable method to find out is to visit the site and ground truth the information.

Centroid diff of footprints

Next we will try to detect changes in building configurations, where buildings might have combined or been split from its parent. This can be done by comparing the centroids of the two footprint datasets and check if they match. To do this, we can first extract the centroid of all the OSM footprints, and using a point in polygon analysis, find out how many centroid intersect with every DoITT footprint.

screenshot 2016-04-14 18 28 57 Black=0 OSM footprints at location; Grey=1 OSM footprint at location; Yellow= 2 OSM footprints at location; Red=2+ OSM footprints at location

untitled2 This method can isolate the footprints that need to be added into OSM, but its not a simple insertion as there may be cases where a single building might need to be split into smaller buildings

untitled2 This also detected overlapping polygons in OSM, and cases where multiple buildings need to be combined into larger buildings

untitled2 In cases where the buildings have transformed their shape drastically, the centroid may not overlap and get flagged as a missing building

Minor shape changes don't get flagged

Stats - Total footprints in DoITT dataset: 1,082,433 - No existing OSM footprint at location (PNTCNT=0): 1,223 footprints to add - 1 existing OSM footprint at location (PNTCNT=1): 1,072,975 footprints not changed or with minor geometry changes - 2 existing OSM footprints at location (PNTCNT=2): 1,661 footprints to be merged or updated - More than 2 existing OSM footprints at location (PNTCNT>2): 251 footprints to be merged or updated

View Map | JOSM/iD TMS https://api.mapbox.com/styles/v1/planemad/cilja03bn002bccm7chcpw604/tiles/{z}/{x}/{y}?access_token=pk.eyJ1IjoicGxhbmVtYWQiLCJhIjoiemdYSVVLRSJ9.g3lbg_eN0kztmsfIPxa9MQ

Shape diff of footprints

The above analysis can still miss out on minor shape changes. To find out which buildings were modified since the last import, we tried to compare shape changes using the nycdoitt:bin footprint id as primary reference key.

For each nycdoitt:bin polygon from OSM and NYC:

  • compute the perimeter and area.
  • get the absolute difference between both polygons.

This process confirms the centroid diffs in our test area and can further identify shape changes where, the buildings were not deleted/added but shapes were improved, etc. This is only true if the nycdoitt:bin id has not changed. However, we noticed that the building id from the NYC changes a lot and is not unique to each building. For example, in our test area, we found many duplicate entries (i.e. 1000000 = 106; 2000000 = 1482; 3000000 = 2052; 4000000 = 10119; 5000000 = 2623). Taginfo confirms this thus, using the nycdoitt:bin id is not the best approach to do this comparison.

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Clearly none of these approaches give a clear picture of how to conflate the two datasets. Our next attempt would be at using a more traditional approach using PostGIS to intersect geometries and compare the differences for a manual review. We're hoping to have a reusable workflow that can be used by open data agencies like NYC DoITT to use updates from OSM and also give back to the map more often.

Would be great to hear about alternate approaches for data conflation and strategies that could be explored in the future. You can look forward to another update on the spatial adventures of Maning and I soon.

Howto to complete HOT-Tasks

Posted by MKnight on 18 April 2016 in English (English)

disclaimer: If you don't understand irony: go away!

  1. Is cloudy in Bing? -> mark as done, comment as cloudy
  2. Bing-Sat is holy Crap there? -> mark as done, comment as: "Bing low res"
  3. Take a Beer and feel good for your hard work today

You are an experienced mapper what validating "done" tasks? Its very simple:

  1. Is cloudy in Bing? -> mark as validated, comment as cloudy
  2. Bing-Sat is holy Crap there? -> mark as validated, comment as: "Bing low res"
  3. Take a Beer and feel good for your hard work today

Remember: If somewhere is an earthquake or an other kind of catastrophe: it never happens under the clouds or on bad imagery. There never live (or die) no people. Sure! Never!

Never time there are other WMS or Imagery ... If Bing has no Images, no peoples died there!

ShittyCrap

Validate this shit, you are murderer. Sure.

NGA 1:50k topo maps into OSM

Posted by miluethi on 17 April 2016 in English (English)

I'm trying to define a project entering the free data of the NGA topo maps of Central America (only Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala & El Salvador) into OSM. Highest priority have water layers and mountains, less important would be names of settlements.

The NGA maps were all published between 1965 and 2003, most of them in the sixties and seventies. A lot of settlements are inaccurate, because they became bigger or even changed their names. Peaks and water entities are more reliable.

My idea is to get some funding and work with local universities and student to enter the data. At the moment, I'm running tests to figure out how much work in hours needs to be done. After serveral checks, I think, we have to calculate about 2 days (15 hours) per 1:50k map for mountains and water bodies.

If anybody would like to be included in this project, contact me at miluethi@rucksackradar.net.

Cheers

Location: CA-6, Las Mesas, Francisco Morazán, Honduras

National Missing Maps mapathon

Posted by escada on 16 April 2016 in English (English)

Today, the geography departments of 7 Belgian universities organised a national missing map mapathon. We had about 190 subscriptions divided over 7 locations in Ghent, Brussels, Namur, Liège and Leuven. The organizers had contacted the press (written, radio and TV). So after hearing about the mapathon on the radio a few more people show up.

The team in Ghent

We were lucky enough to find enough experienced mappers to give introductions and help the people in all locations. I had the honor to do that for the session in Ghent. This was my first time, after just helping out on 2 previous missing map parties.

A chat channel was set up so the organisers could stay in contact and around noon we had Pete Masters tuning via Skype to give some background on the projects.

Video chat with the other teams and Pete Masters

The original plan was to map in Swaziland, but on Thursday Pete asked us whether we could work on South Kivu, because they need a map of this area for teams that leaving on Tuesday for a vaccination program against measles. We were more than willing to switch projects. We started around 10am, and by noon all three tasks were finalized.

In the afternoon we worked on some other projects (among them the original one in Swaziland)

Unfortunately, I cannot give you the final numbers, as I was still helping hope some people that showed up after hearing about the mapathon on the radio. I believe more than 23.000 buildings were mapped during the day. Hopefully someone else will report about this.

We also had a visit from the national TV, and they had a pretty long item in their journal at 1pm. the tv team

You can the see the result here (in Dutch). You can also listen to one of the radio interviews.

I would like to thank everybody (mappers, approvers, the universities and the "tutors") for this wonderful experience. Hope the see you again.

Location: St.-Pieters-Aalst, Gent, Ghent, Gent, East Flanders, Flanders, 9000, Belgium

Australia/New Zealand Maps for Garmin - address search problem

Posted by Saffer on 16 April 2016 in English (English)

Hi there

First time here, and super impressed!

I was trying to bring my Nuvi 2200 to life again, and I found this happy days!

However I am not able to search for an address or town - in the Where To? section of the GPS. This function works well when searching within New Zealand, but not in Australia...So I joined OpenStreetMap with the hopes of being able to repair the problem, but alas I do not know where to start, please can someone help!

Thank you!

A walk to the 'Cockburn Coast' development

Posted by Sam Wilson on 16 April 2016 in English (English)

I went for a walk yesterday, to see what I could see: Trace

I was not stopped by this sentry ('though she was about 100 mm long so I did duck off around the other side of the shrub):

Spider

And carried on to map this lovely bit of path:

Path

A while later I found that Cockburn Road has been temporarily realigned while it's being improved (should at least be a tiny bit safer to cycle along once it's all done).

There are a few new roads being built in this area, so I've added stubs for these on the maps pending someone getting in there with a GPS at some point.

Reinforcement Parade

The rest of my photos are on Flickr (and are geocoded, for easier browsing for later verification of any edits).

Location: North Coogee, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Findings rivers that you can add to a waterway relation

Posted by rorym on 15 April 2016 in English (English)

Waterway relations

The waterway=river tag is used in OSM on ways that make up a river. Like many things in OSM, an actual river will almost certainly be split up into many individual ways. Luckily there is a waterway relation. You can create one relation for each actual river, and then add all the ways that make up the river into that relation. Data consumers can then easily work with one object for a river and reason about it. (e.g. How long is it? What countries is this river in? What other rivers flow into it?)

Using Overpass to find missing waterway relations

Adding rivers to the relation is easy enough. But how do you know how to find them? Overpass Turbo can be used for that.

This overpass query will show you all the rivers in a bbox which are candidates for a waterway relation:

[out:json][timeout:250];
(
  // all ways that are tagged river, and have a name
  way["waterway"~"(river|stream)"]["name"~"."]({{bbox}});
  -
  // minus all the ways that are in a relation
  ( relation["type"="waterway"]({{bbox}}) ; > );
);
// print results
out body;
>;
out skel qt; 

It find all ways with the waterway=river or waterway=stream tag, that also have a name tag, and it excludes all ways that are already in a type=waterway relation.

Loading into JOSM

When you have run that query in Overpass Turbo, you can export the result to JOSM using the remote control feature of JOSM.

However JOSM has a very useful "Download from Overpass API" feature for loading data direct into JOSM, if you want to avoid your browser having to load and display a massive amount of data. However you must use a slightly different overpass format. Instead of {{bbox}} use bbox. This is the query you need for JOSM:

(
  // all ways that are tagged river, and have a name
  way["waterway"~"river|stream"]["name"~"."](bbox);
  -
  // minus all the ways that are in a relation
  ( relation["type"="waterway"](bbox) ; > );
);
// print results
out meta;
>;
out meta;

Examples

Some examples of waterway relations:

New Zealand road network and address point open data

Posted by MapMakinMeyers on 15 April 2016 in English (English)

New OSM Postgis Script - Count the number of Restaurants inside each admin_level=4 polygon

Posted by baditaflorin on 14 April 2016 in English (English)

This script works in 2 parts.

1. First it will generate from the osm.pbf file the list with all the admin_level=4 (al_4)

Then it will remove the ones that are not closed. Then it will make a polygon from each al_4, using the ST_BuildArea

After it will have a inner join that will search for all the nodes and ways that are a restaurant.

2. Then, using st_contains we are searching to see in what polygon each restaurant fits.

Took 4 seconds to do it for Romania

You can find the query here https://github.com/baditaflorin/osm-postgis-scripts/blob/master/statistics/count_number_of_restaurants_inside_each_al_4.sql

| Admin_level_4 | Count | |----------------------|-------| | Municipiul București | 505 | | Cluj | 249 | | Constanța | 217 | | Iași | 155 | | Prahova | 128 | | Brașov | 124 | | Timiș | 121 | | Mureș | 109 | | Hunedoara | 88 | | Sibiu | 78 | | Arad | 74 | | Galați | 68 | | Buzău | 56 | | Neamț | 53 | | Harghita | 53 | | Dolj | 52 | | Argeș | 47 | | Bihor | 41 | | Covasna | 38 | | Ilfov | 36 | | Brăila | 35 | | Vâlcea | 33 | | Alba | 32 | | Maramureș | 29 | | Suceava | 28 | | Bacău | 28 | | Mehedinți | 28 | | Caraș Severin | 26 | | Călărași | 22 | | Tulcea | 22 | | Olt | 20 | | Satu Mare | 19 | | Gorj | 18 | | Dâmbovița | 16 | | Giurgiu | 13 | | Ialomița | 13 | | Botoșani | 13 | | Bistrița-Năsăud | 12 | | Vaslui | 11 | | Vrancea | 11 | | Teleorman | 7 | | Sălaj | 5 |

Worlds largest city that cannot be reached by road

Posted by PlaneMad on 13 April 2016 in English (English)

Iquitos is a city of 370,000 in the middle of Amazon jungles of Peru without a road connection with the outside world. Found it while investigating routing failures in OSRM.

Here's a great travelogue of this fascinating place while trying to research possible car ferry connections. There are none.

Maps lead you to interesting places :)

Location: Bellavista Nanay, Iquitos, Maynas, Loreto, Peru

Mapping turn lanes in San Francisco, Washington DC and Los Angeles

Posted by Jothirnadh on 13 April 2016 in English (English)

San Francisco, Washington DC and Los Angeles just got 51,385 turn lanes added to the map over the last 3 months. This was part of the push by the Mapbox data team to enrich OSM for better navigation and guidance.

screen shot 2016-04-13 at 3 15 06 pm Turn lanes added in LA

All the mapping tasks were coordinated and documented on GitHub. We're simultaneously working to create a navigation mapping guide to consolidate a lot of documentation on the wiki with added context for the areas we work on. This should make it easy for new mappers improve OSM in their areas and also help potential users of the map data understand the tagging model. The comments and suggestions from the community helped us a lot in improving the guide and to speed-up the mapping process.

screen shot 2016-04-01 at 5 40 09 pm Split up of turn lanes added

Please share your feedback on our changesets or at the Mapbox/mapping repository.

Happy Mapping!

My mapping progress in San Pedro, Laguna

Posted by TagaSanPedroAko on 13 April 2016 in English (English)

The map of San Pedro, Laguna in OpenStreetMap is still incomplete in many aspects. Places, businesses, and schools have been missing or still unnamed. Although I am currently a resident of San Pedro, I have no chance of exploring other parts of my city for mapping here other than my knowledge or a physical survey of areas I have been.

But, mapping the area is progressing slowly with my contributions. On Barangay Landayan, I am able to add a few places, like a 7-Eleven branch, an Alfamart branch, and a small school, to name a few. But soon, with me have been back to Landayan to visit the Santo Sepulcro Shrine, the home of "Lolo Uweng", I am able to add more, like some local businesses. With a chance to take a route passing through barangays Pacita I, Chrysanthemum, San Vicente, Calendola, Sampaguita, and GSIS Village (I though of these being a part of Barangay San Antonio, but actually a separate barangay), I got the advantage to map a few places, like a BPI branch, a Ministop branch, two Alfamart stores, some schools (Laguna Northwestern College in Pacita I, and Diwalan Christian Academy and Jesus the Risen Savior School).

Also, I am able to fix the boundaries of San Pedro with the city of Dasmariñas, and a part of San Pedro's boundary with Biñan, but a part still needs to be fixed.

Along with city boundary fixing, I am working on barangay boundaries, starting with San Antonio and San Vicente. The former is inaccurate, but with discovering GSIS Village, I made fixes to the current boundary. San Vicente's boundary is mainly accurate, based on the boundary after the separation of Pacita I and Pacita II.

Still, I do not have a chance to go on the southwestern part of San Pedro (which includes the barangays of Langgam, Riverside, United Bayanihan, and United Better Living) and the northeastern part (includes the barangays of Cuyab and San Roque). Currently, schadow1 is working on adding places on the southwest part of San Pedro as part of mapping for #ProjectNOAH by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC)

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