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changing mapping interests

Posted by Dion Dock on 20 November 2012 in English (English)

When I started contributing to OSM, I used to be super stoked to add new roads to the map, either with satellite imagery or with GPS traces.

These days, that doesn't excite me so much. I suspect this is mainly because getting the roads names is either tedious (camera phone) or impossible (aerial imagery tracing).

I have developed an interest in updating the TIGER import to show tertiary roads. When the USA census TIGER data was imported, roads less than secondary were typically tagged "highway=residential". However, if you know your neighborhood, you'll know that some of them are supposed to be arterials. I've been trying to go over Oregon (particularly NW, the Pacific coast, Central and NE) and tag the tertiary roads.

Maybe some of my changes will be useful for routing someday.

How have your mapping interests evolved?

Comment from baditaflorin on 20 November 2012 at 20:22

I started to get obsessed with adding buildings

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Comment from Umbugbene on 20 November 2012 at 20:48

At the beginning I was mainly interested in adding buildings, but when an import of building footprints became available in my city I became more interested in highly visible features that cover a lot of ground and give context to the buildings - landuses, parks, forest preserves, cemeteries, farm fields, golf courses, etc.

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Comment from robbieonsea on 21 November 2012 at 21:53

Initially I into mapping bridleways and footpaths, but most of those around my neck of the woods is very complete.

ATM I'm addicted to postboxes and max speed tagging, but also adding missing road names, adding shops.

Then there's things no other maps have like recycling facilities, lighting, surfaces, etc...

The more involved you get the more you realise there is to map.

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Comment from skorasaurus on 1 December 2012 at 18:29

robbie, that's so true !

With only the TIGER import done in my area, there's been so much to do !

When I first started, a large majority of ways in my city were untouched from the TIGER import. So, I began verifying every road in my city, reclassifying it if necessary (nearly all roads were imported as residential which isn't always the most appropriate), adding one way if applicable, and realigning. Almost 2 years later, I still haven't visited every highway in my city and haven't done much with that lately but I'm likely about 70% done.

After that, I've focused more on mapping tracing ways with bing in senegal where I lived for 6 months, and it had very little mapped when I began. Since then, whole cities have been mapped, where 12 months, maybe just one road existed.

Now, it's a combination of adding roads and other features in senegal, doing TIGER fixup (adding bridges, removing ways that don't exist, realignment) in other parts of my home state, Ohio; and adding new businesses, . Right now, beginning to tackle more advanced things like importing boundaries of the national park near me.

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