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New to OSM

Posted by SamanthaWilkinson on 13 March 2010 in English (English)

Hello,

We are new to OSM. We are University students in Manchester, and as part of our second year coursework module we are required to map an area of Fallowfield, Manchester using GPS equipment, and then upload and edit it on the computer, and ultimately write a critical report on the process. We have chosen to focus our mapping on surveillance and security in the aforesaid area. This issue is very topical, and there is much literature surrounding it; however if anyone has any practical tips then that would be very much appreciated!

Thank you,
Sam

Comment from Jean-Marc Liotier on 13 March 2010 at 23:51

I guess that you already went through the basic instruction material available on this site. If you have questions, please write to the mailing list at talk@openstreetmap.org where you'll find fellow mappers eager to help. You can subscribe at http://lists.openstreetmap.org/listinfo/talk

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Comment from dankarran on 14 March 2010 at 00:08

Welcome to the project, Samantha. I'm not sure if you've seen it already, but the tag for CCTV cameras (which I presume would be a key part of the study) is man_made:surveillance. I don't have much practical experience to share will mapping that sort of thing, but I'm sure others here will give tips and advice.

From the looks of this CCTV map you may be the first to map any of the cameras in Manchester.

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Comment from dankarran on 14 March 2010 at 00:09

Welcome to the project, Samantha. I'm not sure if you've seen it already, but the tag for CCTV cameras (which I presume would be a key part of the study) is man_made:surveillance. I don't have much practical experience to share will mapping that sort of thing, but I'm sure others here will give tips and advice.

From the looks of this CCTV map you may be the first to map any of the cameras in Manchester.

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Comment from Anna_AG on 16 March 2010 at 19:17

As a mapper adding detail to cities that have already been mapped, a good place to start would be to download the Cloudmade .img ( http://downloads.cloudmade.com/ file of the UK. This will then give you a detailed map of the existing area that can be loaded onto your GPS unit ( depending on which one you have. Adding extra detail such as cameras etc is then easier as you can just mark them as waypoints on the steet.

Perhaps post with the equipment that you have been given, the type of GPS units so OSMers can be more specific with their advice

Sounds like a very interesting project

bri

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Comment from SamanthaWilkinson on 19 March 2010 at 17:40

Thank you very much for all your advise,

The equipment we have been given is: Garmin GPS 60

We went out and plotted way points for speed cameras and CCTV cameras, we then tagged the sites on JOSM. However, we can't upload the points onto OSM - it says 'pending' yet then keeps sending us 'failure' e-mails. We have tried to do so on different accounts and different computers. Is there anything else we may have overlooked that is causing the problem?

Thank you in advance,
Sam

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Comment from 42429 on 19 March 2010 at 19:55

Dear Sam,

there are three different types of GPX tracks: waypoints, route and track.

OSM accepts my GPX points whenever I decide to upload them as "track" with "trackpoints". The website also enables to upload GPX tracks (tracks > own tracks > upload) quite easily. Try to upload a small and simple GPS track first in order to check how it works - you may always delete your own tracks.

Furthermore, GPX tracks and OSM data are different LAYERS. You should try to upload the activated DATA layer instead of the activated GPX layer.

If you are just fed up with GPX tracks, try to upload a bus stop, a postbox, a pub or a traffic light first in order to become familiar with JOSM. Doing small edits first increases your confidence.

Yours, FK270673

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