OpenStreetMap

First mappings...

Posted by James(UK) on 24 April 2013 in English (English)

Having grabbed a HTC Advantage X7510 Windows 6.1 tablet-device from out of a skip, and finding it working, I set about looking for things I could practically do with it.

Given it's touch-screen capability, and large screen generally, it lent itself to being a Sat-Nav device, especially when I found out it also had a GPS receiver built-in.

Trawling the 'Net, I found "Navigator Free" at http://navigatorfree.mapfactor.com/en/, installed it and I was away. I can heartily recommend it for anyone with a Windows Mobile / PocketPC device who wants to run a Sat-Nav program. The one thing it doesn't do is speak the names of the actual roads, which is a minor let-down compared to Nokia's "Drive" Sat-Nav mapping tool, and which they give away free now.

I was using that happily on a Nokia E5 device, and it's a bit of a trade-off between that, and the larger screen, and ease of use of Navigator Free. Currently, I'm enjoying the bigger screen on the X7510. ;-)

Since finding out more about how the software uses http://www.openstreetmap.org/ to get it's map data, I thought I ought to register and "do my bit", and I've been merrily mapping away, doing the houses in my own street, updating tags on the local roads to me, and doing the local shops around Springfield, Chelmsford, Essex. UK.

I've dived straight in with Potlatch and have found it relatively easy to add buildings, tags, parking areas and the like.

Might have a crack with that local install software next. ;-)

James(UK)

Location: Springfield, Chelmsford, Essex, East of England, England, United Kingdom

Comment from aseerel4c26 on 25 April 2013 at 23:02

Welcome to OSM, James! :-) Great to hear that you had a good start. By the way: it may take some time until your updates arrive at "Navigator Free" (that depends on its manufacturer).

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Comment from James(UK) on 26 April 2013 at 09:01

Hi Aseerel4c36, and thanks for that.

Yes, I think that particular company does monthly map updates to it's software, pulled from OSM, so hopefully the changes will filter through in a few months or so.

I did wonder if there was a forum that people post to who have had routing issues using software that uses OSM data but then can't or won't amend the problem themselves to prevent it happening again?

I thought it would be somewhere I and others could visit and make the changes as needed.

I expect it's already out there somewhere and I just need to track it down.

Thanks again for the feedback and post. ;-)

Regards

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Comment from robert on 26 April 2013 at 16:35

Some good mapping happening there. And some good dumpster diving from the sounds of it too.

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Comment from James(UK) on 27 April 2013 at 21:15

Cheers Robert, thanks for that.

Yeah, I hate to see what I consider to be "good" stuff just chucked away, regardless of it still working just fine. Some people have more money than sense!

Regards

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Comment from aseerel4c26 on 13 May 2013 at 00:13

@James(UK): hmm, errors by the (routing) software skobbler can be reported (from inside the software) at http://www.mapdust.com/ (one can also enter a bug report there manually). Another option for reporting is http://openstreetbugs.schokokeks.org or (newer) the notes functionality on osm.org directly. Is that what you mean?

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Comment from James(UK) on 13 May 2013 at 05:45

Hi aseerel4c26 and thanks for the comment.

What I was thinking was not so much bugs with the software, more problems where the mapping is wrong, leading to routing "errors", so say, where you have a "no left turn" which isn't on OpenStreetMap, and which someone could report who finds it, but can't or won't amend it themselves.

I've since found the "add a note" section already built-in to OpenStreetMap which probably covers what I was thinking anyway. ;-)

Thanks again.

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Comment from aseerel4c26 on 14 May 2013 at 14:22

yes, exactly, sorry that that was not understandable in my comment. Mapdust ist exactly for "problems where the mapping is wrong, leading to routing "errors". But also the two others can be used for this kind of problems.

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Comment from James(UK) on 14 May 2013 at 21:18

Hi aseerel4c26,

No problem at all. Thanks for the comment and the information.

Thanks again for your help and support. ;-)

Regards

James(UK)

Hallo aseerel4c26,

Überhaupt kein Problem. Danke für den Kommentar und die Informationen.

Nochmals vielen Dank für Ihre Hilfe und Unterstützung. ;-)

Grüße

James(UK)

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