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Discovery of relations is important, and thus a good starting point will be to have most the the public transport route relations properly linked to one another. As part of the editing of east coast public transportation networks, I have indexed most of the available routes that are available in New Jersey and in New York City.
Browse through the routes and see if you can help out by adding more routes to this list! East Coast Public Transport Route Index
One of my side projects for OpenStreetMap mapping is the mapping of public transport routes in the New York region. This consists of New York City Subways (Map), Manhattan Bus Routes (Map), several Queens Bus Routes (Map) and Staten Island Bus Routes (Map). You can now view most local bus routes on the transport map and quickly locate nearby routes without navigation the maze of most local transit authorities websites.
The remaining items on the lists are several cross-town services, Bronx services and transportation on the New Jersey side. On a side note, an alternative rendering of the public transport map can be found at OpenPTMap, where subway lines are also rendered properly.
Potlatch 2 is a very good online tool, but it doesn't come close to the features provided by a offline editor like Java OpenStreetMap (JOSM). With JOSM, one can more efficiently map buildings and houses with the following tools and plugins.
The plugins you will need...
- building_tools >v28412, for quickly drawing rectangular buildings
- piclayer >v27883, for overlaying images with 3 control points to use as reference image for mapping
- terracer >v28412, for quickly assigning house numbers and creating linked side-by-side houses (especially for areas such as Chinatown where old shophouses uses house numbers)
The quick way to map buildings
- Control+B to access rectangular building drawings, draw with 2 clicks
- Control+J to join these rectangular polygons (shift-click/ctrl-click to select multiple) into a single shape (with multi-polygon holes)
- Shift+T to quickly subdivide your main polygon into multiple labeled houses (useful for traditional chinese shophouses)
Hopefully this can speed up mapping for you!
Given the usefulness that OSM provides, especially in new applications utilising OSM as a data source, the lack of detail in southern Singapore is almost unfathomable. Over the past week I have added a suitable amount of POIs to southern Singapore covering the following locations, filling out holes missing by the previous coverage.
- City areas/CBD areas - Outram, Tanjong Pagar, Raffles Place, Bugis and the Gardens by the Bay
- Southern housing - Bukit Merah, Redhill, Telok Blangah and generally areas bounded by Alexandra Road
- Some other key areas - Novena, Kallang Stadium
- Area blocking key institutions so that the name of the institutes can be seen easier when zoomed out, such as Singapore Polytechnic, Temasek Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, SMU
- Added details to many schools and area blocking them
- Added placemarkers to the new towns of Singapore for easier visual identification of key areas
I hope this can contribute significantly to your experience in using OSM derivatives in Singapore and makes it easier and better for others to improve on this area.