OpenStreetMap

Getting started...

Posted by Olafur Osvaldsson on 3 April 2013 in English (English)

One has to start somewhere, trying to get to know the system and interface I decided to start by updating the address info for my neighbourhood. Adding postcode and street name to buildings.

Comment from dcp on 3 April 2013 at 06:21

It is an excellent way to start. SLOWLY. OSM looks easy but it is not so. Along the way you will find all sorts of complicated geometrical constructions that you'll only learn with time=experience. It is fun though! Check your work with KeepRight and OSMI. Best of all: Download JOSM and forget Potlach

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Comment from aseerel4c26 on 3 April 2013 at 22:07

Hi Olafur, welcome to OSM! :-) Thanks for your help - there is much to do.

Links for the tools which were mentioned by dcp:

Also easily found via the search box in the wiki.

Potlatch is not that bad - in fact I am not quite sure if I would not recommend it to new users.

At your neighborhood: I am wondering a bit that this quite well mapped area (e.g. even street relations) had no house numbers before.

If you have questions, feel free to ask!

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Comment from Olafur Osvaldsson on 4 April 2013 at 02:01

My neighborhood is quite well mapped and most of the data is good and valid, currently I'm just going over each street and checking the house numbers, adding postal codes and street names to buildings, I've found a few errors in the data, missing numbers and even at one point the street name was incorrect.

To be honest I don't even know what good that extra detail does in the dataset but its one way for me to get to know the interface and since I've been living around here for a long time this is an area I know well.

Regarding JOSM I downloaded it and it just rejects every selection I make to download data and I've not looked at it in any more detail yet, Potlach works for now except for a minor glitch earlier tonight where it was missing some data from the area I was editing which led to me adding redundant data which I then had to revert.

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Comment from aseerel4c26 on 4 April 2013 at 11:03

Addresses: you will like those tools:

JOSM: try to select a small area only. Also download will fail (AFAIK) if the API has problems (see http://stats.pingdom.com/p310g2klasry/435275 ).

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Comment from AndrewBuck on 4 April 2013 at 22:14

Yeah, there were some problems with the database this morning so that is probably why your downloads failed.

For collecting survey information you should check out the 'field papers' website. You print out a map of an area on on paper, then you can walk around and take notes on those pages, then you take a picture of your notes and upload them to the website. Finally the website will make your notes available as an imagery layer right in the editor, so you can copy them into the database. http://fieldpapers.org/

Another really good way to collect a lot of information really quickly is a technique called audio mapping.

Keep up the good work, and welcome to the project. You can map pretty much anything that interests you so just because the map has a lot on it already, don't let that discourage you; there is always more detail to add. :) Remember to have fun, and feel free to ask if you have any questions.

-AndrewBuck

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