GPS Logger for Android recently became a very good OSM logger

Posted by Guttorm Flatabø on 30 July 2012 in English (English)

GPS Logger for Android has recently been upgraded and now has three features very fitting for OSM trace logging:

  • Easy access annotation button (now working)
  • HDOP logging (accuracy)
  • Auto send to OpenStreetMap

It is also still free software, and uses OAuth to authenticate with OSM. I log 1 point per second and every 4 meters (which is usually the best accuracy I can get anyway) which makes for fine traces.

Comment from Sanderd17 on 30 July 2012 at 14:44

Something I use a lot is photo mapping (easy with OSMtracker). I see this is still missing from GPS logger. (although OSMtracker is missing upload to OSM)

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Comment from Guttorm Flatabø on 30 July 2012 at 15:31

I know, photo mapping is great, but I find that if I don't get my traces onto GPS logger fast, they risk getting stuffed away, and not worked on before long, or just lost. I therefore find the auto uploading very useful. Then my traces are instantly available to both me and other mappers.

GPS Logger is also very good to recommend to others for the same reason and it is very easy to use. Only problem is that giving the authorisation isn't easy because the OpenStreetMap website doesn't show well on small mobile screens, and the default settings aren't tailored to OSM use.

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Comment from Sanderd17 on 31 July 2012 at 11:56

Yep, it's for different use cases.

In Belgium, we don't really have the need for traces without annotations as the areal images are great and well aligned.

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