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How do you map while on the go? 4 months ago

Yepp, just as all the other apps which

a) don't show you what is already in the OSM data

b) take the hammer approach to editing (replace nodes with nails)

pushpin is just one of a number with the same issue not worse or better than the whole lot.

How do you map while on the go? 4 months ago

@mvexel the basic notion that it can be "simple" to just add a "poi" is mistaken. It is a consequence of the OSM data model for better or worse that a POI can have many many different guises and the only way to handle that without breaking things is to have a full complement of the existing data available with all the complications that implies.

So maybe the answer is that android users would prefer not to break existing data, contrary for example to people that think push pin is good.

Tag-only editing with Vespucci 4 months ago

@ Duck the mode doesn't really have a bearing on element selection (you still need to be able select nodes in the end), but I find the change I made for 0.9.6 with the smaller default node touch regions have made it significantly easier to select ways in high density areas.

Improving the OSM map - why don't we? [9] 4 months ago

Well a different way at looking at it would be to say well we have roughly 40'000 mistagged objects of a good 80'000'000 (just counting nodes with tags, in reality the number is larger)..

In other words: we have the incredibly large error rate of 0.05% aka "not a problem".

Is there an app for creating notes? 5 months ago

Vespucci will allow you to do that.

However this is currently works slightly different than the normal editing mode and requires a mobile data connection (the Notes code is currently in the process of being refactored and will allow pre-survey bulk down- and post-suvey upload in the next version, similar to the normal editing mode).

Naturally if you are using vespucci you might as well directly add the stores to OSM.

After the release is before the release :-) 5 months ago

I haven't made any measurements in absolute terms yet, but the big win is that the refactoring of the auto download code (and when done of the notes code) allows the whole thing to run without the screen on. Obviously that is a net win wrt battery life in any case.

As to bandwidth, you can still simply download an area in advance or even simply have a set of JOSM compatible OSM files on device (this currently isn't possible with Notes, but that is one of the major reasons for the refactoring, so will be in the release).

Initial activity and retention of first-time HOT contributors 5 months ago

What is the split in absolute numbers of the total of ~1500 for starting in TH, ER and MM?

I find your interpretations of the results rather biased, for example an alternative explanation for the lower (HOT, not OSM in general) retention rates of TH and ER could be that the more experienced contributors prefer mapping on their home turf to staring at not particularly good images of places of which they have no 1st hand experience. Obviously this would not be something that effects the majority of MM contributors due to lack of any other experience.

Don't know what to think of it of this research 5 months ago

@escada could you please forward a link to the changeset in question to the DWG so that the account can be permamently banned.

MapBox and MapQuest ... the bit the tech pundits are missing 5 months ago

@imagico it is undoubtably quite legit for MapBox to control what others can easily use of the technology they have developed (well in most cases it is more continued development of projects that existed pre-MB). The blog post was more about cutting through the haze of rethoric camouflaging completely conventional business practices.

And as you point out, the basic underlying business model is not really new, it is just that the trade rags have lost track of what the previous dozen of buzz words for the same were.

I don't have an opinion on if there is space in MapBoxes niche for more than one player at this point in time. What is however clear is that the easy available capital in the states makes it extremely difficult for any European company to compete, not that any of the other players have indicated that they really want to do so.

Experimented on Mapping By Photo-geotagging 6 months ago

I would recommend to use either OpenCamera as the camera app (records the orientation of the device and has a setting to only take photographs when the device has a GPS fix) or use Mapillary.

While it is true that you will typically not get the best position accuracy by taking out the device waiting for a fix and pocketing it again, the trick is to capture enough context that you can use aerial imagery too to identify exactly where the relevant object is. For example if you are taking a picture of a shop, take a picture of the whole building too so that you can identify it from the roof shape etc.


[LearnOSM] Report may 2015 6 months ago

Upps, that comment was from me ,,, used the wrong account.

Thoughts on the import of address nodes in JOSM using MassGIS L3 Parcel data to aid in adding addresses to buildings in MA 6 months ago

While for once this seems to be a technically competent import, you seem to have ignored essentially all non-technical prerequisites

I would, very strongly, recommend that you immediately catch up on the stuff that you haven't done up to now.

Update JOSM to fix the Java Logjam 6 months ago

Small note: if you are using oAuth there is no real need (need as in privacy/security concern) to use SSL to communicate with the API.

Post scriptum to "long time - no edit" 7 months ago

@Vincent well I'm not convinced our conversion rate -needs- improving. It would naturally be nice.

I should point out that the end of 2011 we had roughly half a million accounts (500'000) so the 2'848 is actually 0.5% of that, even more if you deduct the already active mappers from the 500k. So we should expect this number to coninue to increase in absolute terms.

long time - no edit 7 months ago

See for some numbers.

long time - no edit 7 months ago

@curmet in many legislations that would require an explicit opt-in, which we currently don't even ask for.

Is it the moment for OpenStreetMap? 7 months ago

If I was given to +1ing stuff I would +1000 the above.

PS: the actual licence change took three years but the whole process started in 2007 and took more like 5 years....

Hide existing edit 7 months ago

First way to solve the problem: zoom in more.

2nd way: use JOSM.

JOSM has a display/edit filter system that can reduce clutter somewhat, however -please- only use it if you know what you are doing. But even without filters JOSM tends to be less stressful than online editors once you get over the initial learning to use issues.

How we apply map feedback 8 months ago

@PlaneMad offering the option -after- submitting a report is naturallly not really a solution, offering it as an option at least somewhere during the process would be.

How we apply map feedback 8 months ago

@mikelmaron in case you hadn't noticed, there has been a "Report a problem" page on for quite a while that anybody can link to from their map/website see It might profit from a more structured way of submitting notes, but that is a more general issue with the notes facility as it currently stands.

BTW there are good business reasons for MB to direct map feedback through their support group (lead generation, early detection of customer issues and so on) that does not mean it is necessarily a good thing for the project as a whole.