OpenStreetMap

Hawkeye has commented on the following diary entries

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OpenStreetMap Isn't All That Open, Let's Change That and Drop Share-Alike about 1 month ago

What's the hurry? In 70 years or so it will all be public domain anyway (or at least the snapshot from this year will be).

OpenStreetMap - Increasing diversity 2 months ago

Thanks for the response, good point about the diverse/free tagging scheme. I think you're right in the fact OSM is flexible and open and avoids 'the tyranny of the majority' problem. Being open and free maybe isn't quite enough, I think having the Foundation make a statement/policy about actively seeking the widest audience/membership/editors would be beneficial and positive step to thinking about ways to widen participation. Although, I think the foundation's supporting role is good, I think this is the perfect subject/issue for them to lead on.

Anyway, as you say it's a do-cracy. And I have mapping parties to organise... :-)

iD Newbie friendly feature request 2 months ago

Yep, really good idea. Could try adding to iD github issues list as an enhancement idea:

https://github.com/openstreetmap/iD/issues?state=closed

Ultimately, people hate reading instructions - people seek information from other people first (when possible). So live chat makes sense at a psychological/design level.

And some how implemeting https://togetherjs.com/ would be amazing too. List is on my long wish list of things to look into trying out but doubt will have time too.

My first OSM meeting 4 months ago

Sounds much like my first meeting. Keep up the good work - sure you'll be surprised by the number of people who turn up next time.

I messaged active uses in my area using http://www.itoworld.com/static/ito_tools.html 'OSM Mapper'

Also contacted local hack lab and linux users group.

Anyway, nice presentation.

osm2pgsql command lines 5 months ago

I've been told - 'The command line is your friend' - a distant, aloof friend, who never gives you any useful advice but has been around for so long you kinda just have to get on with each other.

Bridge to nowhere 9 months ago

Fantastic to see how fast the map reacts.

Easter Craiglockhart Hill, Craiglockhart Pond over 1 year ago

Great work!

I've started to add 'desire line' in the description= if it looks like an unofficial path. I would suggest aligning GPS with other peoples traces or several GPS tracks to get extract line. GPS can easily be 10-20 metres out. The surface= tag is also useful. With the current technology 5-10m precision is practical and most people reading the map will work out their location.

Happy mapping

End of Newton Mearns mapping for now over 1 year ago

Great edits! If you're back in Scotland, feel free to drop by our meet-ups

Scotland meet ups

State of the Map Scotland : Edinburgh : This Friday 19th- 20th October over 1 year ago

Looking forward to it! Great job organising.

State of the Map Scotland over 1 year ago

it's great but I can't claim it. I think Bob made it.

Stepps. Scotland over 1 year ago

Nice work, looks much better!

NCN74 over 1 year ago

See the NCN74 route here

Good stuff.

Potlatch almost 2 years ago

ITO World have some great tools for seeing who is editing the map and where

http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/ITO_World

look for ITO map & ITO mapper

Potlatch almost 2 years ago

All the best with adding Wikipedia links etc. Great to see collaboration between these two great enterprises. Your edits look spot on so far.

Happy mapping

First area mapping from survey about 2 years ago

Not sure how the StreetView data is collected but I think it is largely based on aerial imagery. I guess the answer is to wait for the new european Galileo satellites which will give sub-1m accuracy. But that could be 2019.

Or a bit of balloon aerial mapping?

I would say GPS would be okay for this type of surveying. Maybe adding a note= tag that it is approximate.

Adding housenumbers about 2 years ago

great stuff! looks excellent.

Rahim Yar Khan, Pakistan about 2 years ago

Welcome to OpenStreetMap, good luck!

Well Done Edinburgh Council over 2 years ago

This is great, do we know who was behind this? Edinburgh Council also link to Cyclestreets http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/1504/walking_and_cycling (generic link)

Copying from OS Locator over 2 years ago

I have been adding lots of names from Locator in Scotland but always added source:name and tried my best not to disturb what's already there. adding not:name when it has been surveyed and FIXME if I think it's worth double checking. I don't think it necessary puts people off contributing and makes the map much more usable. I take on board what you are saying and will continue with caution.

Experience over 2 years ago

If we had a special award for being arrested in the pursuit of mapping excellence, I would nominate you! Did you show them you had been a member of OSM for 3 years, and the thousands for edits you had made? Or did they think this an elaborate ruse?