Richard has commented on the following diary entries

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the centre of Berlin 3 days ago

I would expect this most central spot to be often in front of the townhall (maybe sometimes the cathedral) or the main market square (in traditional towns) or likely both.

In Britain, it's often a central junction where the historic through-roads meet. So in Oxford it's Carfax, in Gloucester it's The Cross, here in little Charlbury it's Bull Corner, and so on.

What happened to Potlatch 2 ? 18 days ago

Side effect of another change. It'll be back in the next version.

Newcomers are welcome, even Pokemon Go mappers about 2 months ago

Rory: amen to that. As a data consumer, I recognise that more harm can be done to the utility of the map by one self-regarding "super mapper" than by a thousand newbies adding ponds.

Colloquial English 2 months ago

Same school of thought as the dozens of narrowboats called "Meander"...

Progress Report: Railway Crossings challenge for MapRoulette 2 months ago

Excellent. I had noticed a bunch of newly marked railway crossings while fixing up TIGER classifications!

Share with Twitter / Facebook 3 months ago

The latter is :)

Copywriter Hong Kong 4 months ago


Finding the local experts 4 months ago

Groups on! :)

A halfway functional pull request exists ( but it was never finished and needs restarting from scratch, really. But the intention was absolutely to cater for situations like this.

Please remove this Spammer 5 months ago

There is some irony in pinning permanent notes on trees to complain about other notes on trees which are removed, while the permanent notes stay there forever...

IRC: go to; type a nickname (e.g. 'alexkemp') in the first box; select #osm (general channel), #osm-dev (development), #osm-gb (Great Britain) in the dropdown; click 'Login'; type away and ask your question!

Tools I wish I had: smarter paved vs unpaved road defaults. 6 months ago's routing does this to some extent: it has different surface assumptions in urban vs rural areas. In particular, in the US, it assumes that highway=residential, tiger:reviewed=no is paved in urban areas, but not in rural areas. But yes, getting more roads explicitly tagged would be a big win.

Trails vs. social paths 6 months ago

This has been discussed a few times before. OSM maps "what's on the ground", so it's not wrong to map these paths; however, if access is forbidden, then the consensus is to tag them as:

  • highway=path
  • access=no
  • informal=yes

You can read up on the background at and the various linked pages.

Merkaartor: Call for new features in 0.19.0 release 6 months ago

Great to see Merkaartor being revived.

OSM editor for mapping on iOS mobile devices? 7 months ago

Go Map!!

Introducing OpenStreetView 7 months ago

@jesolem "As far as I can see there is no license granted for metadata on OSV either and with no API for the metadata, how are you going to get it?" Well, we shall see! Martijn's comments here and elsewhere lead me to think that the intention is to offer it openly, and with the project less than a month old I'm not going to call them out for not having implemented everything yet. If there's no progress six months down the line then yes, of course, I'd be less inclined to give them the benefit of the doubt.

Introducing OpenStreetView 7 months ago


The API is open, the images have an open license, we give all images and data to OSM.

But the metadata is not open. Yes, you can download photos of a random motorway somewhere; but without knowing where it is (i.e. the location metadata) then it's fairly useless.

You do permit this information to be used in OSM, which is terrific - just as Bing and Mapbox do with their aerial imagery. But until the metadata is available openly, Mapillary isn't open like OpenStreetMap is - it's more like Google Map Maker, where contributors send their work to a third party, but only that third party can use the results. That's why OpenStreetView is exciting as a truly open solution. is a new evil (instead of Potlatch)? 9 months ago

@jml: dude, seven years of knocking Potlatch and you still haven't learned to spell it correctly ;)

Reporting Spam (or not) 10 months ago

Why is it impossible to report spam in these diaries? A simple ‘report me’ link would do it.

Because no-one's yet coded the feature, and as alluded to in the ticket linked by CloCkWeRX, it's not quite as simple as you might think. Patches very welcome!

C'mom people 10 months ago



Creating accurate maps 10 months ago

Ah, the curse of unreviewed TIGER. I wrote a bit about the challenges of fixing it last year:

Improving the OSM map - why don't we? (13) 10 months ago

at this moment OSM is a map for mappers, not for users is a map for mappers, not for users, and intentionally so. But OSM is a lot more than

why can't be a bit more user friendly?

Because you haven't made it so. There are no magic fairies who will swoop in and make everything awesome. Learn to write stylesheets, or to code, and send some patches!