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the centre of Berlin 4 months ago

It can be fun to 1. go outside and ask for directions, 2. when you finish following the directions, ask someone nearby for directions, 3. follow those directions, 4. repeat step 2-4

I've done it where the directions I asked for were "to the university center". On one time of doing this, I realised the directions were aiming for the other campus (about 1 hour walk away) so we stopped following them early and found someone new to ask. We repeated this until we ran out of time to do the psycogeography activity (thanks Tim Waters for leading the session). now supports internationalization, geolocation in browser 6 months ago

check how my OSM listing appears on open data sites

That would be great in supporting that OSM is more than just the main map/style/subject.

Having Problems with the Traffic? 11 months ago

You are gradually getting closer to Mapperley, where I have done a very small amount of detail mapping when visiting. Thank you.

Tell me about your username 11 months ago

This is a good question and I should add it to my suggested "conversation starters" when I am next on stage welcoming people.

In 2007 I moved to the beautiful city of Durham when OpenStreetMap just showed the river and the the passing motorway. A medieval map would just say “here be dragons” so that’s where I lived, not looking at any map besides the one I was helping to create. Just me and the dragons, while I walked or cycled down every road and path with my GPS.

Field mapping is so much fun! about 1 year ago

Keypad Mapper 3 is a good app for recording house numbers for OSM.

OSMF board meeting report about 1 year ago

More a suggestion for the board, but I think it would be good if the guests could be listed or at least it started how many were present.

OSMF board meeting report about 1 year ago

About meeting productivity, mainly based on my experience on regular SotM WG meetings... it can seem that talking through e-mail and task management can be just as or more productive. However the meetings are invaluable for remembering we are all people and it keeps a personal touch in the relationship between members. There are also thoughts that it can be hard to convey on non-live communication so you get better understanding of members' stances on topics or at least their thought process.

With regards to " the organization holding the rights on the OSM data", I understand that statement to be wrong. Everybody/nobody holds the rights to the OSM data, but OSMF is the defacto organisation that aims to protect those rights. This is why the license change was so big, and OSMF had to get all contributors to agree the data could be made available under ODbL.

The lack of recapping, and statement on what next... this I think is good. Meetings should be able to rely on people pre-reading communication or documents so the meeting doesn't drag on. It can be helped if links are dropped into the text chat for those that want to try catching up or to have the writings to hand.

Thank you very much for your write-up and your view of the meetings/discussions.


Mapping Thorneywood Mount over 1 year ago

Wow, thank you for adding all the numbers and detail such as local names. If you get further North you'll meet a haphazard dash of numbers that I've added while staying nearby. I've found "Keypad Mapper 3" handy on my Android app. and some folk in Nottingham might have a bundle they can pass on to you (or contact Andy who can post them from London). I don't find they save much time once people have already stopped you, but it does give them time after you have gone to actually understand the info and lookup the map.

The high-vis jacket can be useful, although it's reception varies in different areas (think classes again, and people not liking officials wandering around).

Your advice on photos was good. The legalities of photography tend to focus on where you're standing (public space/highway) and what you do with it(not published, used only for note-taking). However people don't get/agree with you all the time, so I guess it's easier to say "look, it's only a geeky photo of a sign".

Should we teach JOSM to first-time mapathon attendees? over 1 year ago

It would be ideal if you linked to (or at least mentioned) where Joost's quote/question comes from, so people can see any discussion happening directly off that.

I'm interested in how the editor options are presented at Missing Maps events and thus how people consider or make a choice on which editor to use.

In leading workshops (including Missing Maps), I usually go through with iD even though I tend to only use it in demonstrations and can't answer a number of questions I might get. I sometimes refer to "other editors" or specifically JOSM. I led a workshop of geography masters students and expected to focus more on JOSM, until I learnt most didn't have GIS experience and some struggled to use a web browser "correctly".

Balancing the presence of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT US Inc) in the OpenStreetMap Foundation (OSMF) over 1 year ago

HOT US Inc has a different membership structure in which one has to be nominated by an existing member and then voted in by 2/3rds of the current membership. They currently have about 80 members, and there have been people that did not pass the membership vote.

This set-up is new to me, and I only learnt about it from "The Book of OSM". It makes HOT seem like more of an elite members club, which may or may-not be relevant with the topic regarding the OSMF Board elections.

Welcome Message almost 2 years ago

It has been a long time since I signed up. The welcome page looks great in that screenshot of the current process, it's certainly got better than it was years ago.

We shouldn't be against further innovation and fresh views on the process. I hope your work goes far with other people in OSM.

A Review of the Manifests of all OSM US Board Election Candidates almost 2 years ago

Map contributions isn't essential but this post does focus on that and so that gives people the ability to take it into account. As a voter, it is your choice how much you take map contributions into account. For one, you could consider it difficult to understand how people map, or how to get more people mapping, if you don't do it yourself.

I don't think being a new comer alone is a reason to discount a candidate. Relative new comers are great as they have fresh energy and recent views about the community and the organisations. If a voter wants the OSM US board to grow the community, then they should look at people who have been new in the current season and journeyed to being really enthusiastic enough to join. However, if the candidate has only made the odd edit, not been to any meetups, and the candidate pledges to do those things when they are elected then I wonder why they are not doing them now instead of running for the board. Maybe they just want to get on the board for their CV/resume. Maybe being on the OSM US board will support their election to some other board.

On the contrast, those that have not made an edit in several months or years. I wonder, have they not been using OpenStreetMap in the daily lives, showing friends, or even in work? Have they really not noticed anything wrong or out of date on OpenStreetMap? Who do they expect to update it, if not themselves?

Average number of tags per way in OpenStreetMap almost 2 years ago

Also, I think it needs to be broken down into countries to be of any interest. Certain countries that have had big data imports (USA, Netherlands, etc) will skew the data greatly because all the imported ways will have tags relevant to the import source.

Who are the Missing Mappers? over 2 years ago

I think the difference of communication method/network is a good thing. The Missing Maps project is reaching a different crowd. Where OpenStreetMap has traditionally worked for pub-loving tech-geeks that love mailing lists or wikis, a whole majority of flower-wearing social-hipsters are now being reached.

Obviously there should be some over lap, especially to aid the teaching/learning, so it would be good if the organisers made an effort to contact the existing local OSM community. My view in London is that it worked better because some of the main Missing Map organisers attended the local pub meetups first (and still do). A few of the OSM-veterans have been attending, but that is not essential and the geeky pub meetup is still preferred event for most of them.

Missing Maps have a mailing list, which I joined (I think via typing on someone's computer at the London November event). However I didn't get any knowledge of the Edinburgh event through that.

Project #OSMselfie: Put a human face on edits over 2 years ago

If you want photos of happy mappers, my album based around SotM EU 2014 is a recent start:

Some of them include selfies. I travelled by Bus, Ferry, Coach, Train, Funicular, Foot, Tram, Car, Bicycle, and tried to take a selfie photo on every mode but haven't uploaded all the images as I thought it more fun to make an animated gif (but I haven't done that yet).

OpenStreetBugs Phase out ... update over 3 years ago

Thank you for your help in GB. It would be nice if your change sets were a little smaller, one covered 3 cities and several towns.

When I looked at OSB earlier this month, a lot were marking discrepancies in names with Ordnance Survey Locator data or they were housing developments that need watching. That means they really need on-the-ground checking. Currently it's very wet so my cycling-distance is limited. I manually moved some OSBs to Notes.

SOTM2013 group photo counts 214 people almost 4 years ago

That's about 70% of the people registered for the conference.

speed and ease of updates (openstreetmap vs commercial providers) over 4 years ago

It also depends on if the oompah loompahs like you and/or believe that the road has really changed.

Blue post last time, Crosse Keys tonight over 4 years ago

You and your OpenStreetMap App Award idea were mentioned in the SotM planning meeting last night. Probably more discussion on it to follow later.

Test over 4 years ago

Welcome to OpenStreetMap!