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Update JOSM to fix the Java Logjam 5 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" 5 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 5 months ago

See for some numbers.

long time - no edit 5 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? 5 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 6 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 6 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 6 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.

How we apply map feedback 6 months ago

The problem with the whole concept is that it doesn't provide for the conversion of a map user with an issue to a map contributor who can fix an issue themselves.

Or put differently it removes one of the important incoming routes for recruiting new mappers.

As is, the whole process is very much at odds with the basic concept of OSM.

Weitere Tests mit OSMAND (Android) Fahrspurassistenz 6 months ago

Das Abkürzen über off-on-ramps ist ein bekanntes Problem, iMHO müsste das Abbiegen selber höher bestraft werden, dann sollte das Problem eigentlich verschwinden.

It's time to import TIGER address ranges into OSM 6 months ago

Just two comments:

  • given the lesson that should have been learned from the original TIGER import, just because a dataset looks reasonably in one place, doesn't mean it isn't aboslute rubbish in a different corner, it is unlikely that you will find a consensus for a wholesale import
  • there is nothing stopping anybody from using brain + TIGER address ranges as a reference to add house numbers, perhaps OSM-US coule provide the data in a digestable form (aka overlay or similar)
Addresses Revisited 6 months ago

I'm not quite sure why it would be an "uphill" battle given that it tends to become easier with more data.

True it is a lot of work, but as Germany shows (roughly 1/4 the population and 1/5 or so of the addresses) it can be done in a reasonable time frame even when the majority of addresses are not imported. Given the wealth of PD data in the states, it should be a no-brainer (the data can be used as reference even if it is not imported directly).

Review 8 months ago

Willkommen bei OSM, das ganze sieht eigentlich recht gut aus. Trotzdem ein paar kleine Nörgeleien:

  • Gebäude die rechtwinklig sind sollte man mit der Taste "Q" oder der entsprechenden Funktion aus der Toolbox tatsächlich rechtwinklig machen (da sind ein paar bei denen du das noch machen solltest).

  • Quelle, resp "source" fehlt im Changeset, dass ist nicht unwichtig, zum Beipiel ist es für andere hilfreich zu wissen, dass du die bing Luftbilder verwendet hast.

Viel Spass beim Mappen.


Contributor Statistics 2014 9 months ago

Yes it is not quite clear what caused the big increase in 2012 followed by an essentially flat 2013. While it is possible to generate such stats per region (and I have played with doing so), it is not really so well defined how to actually determine where a mapper actually belongs to.

Pascal Neis provides daily regional stats here that work quite well.

A situação das traduções ao pt-BR no OpenStreetMap, edição 10 11 months ago

vespucci has had 100& complete pt translation for a while if there are signidifcant differences a pt-BR version would be no problem.

A Proposal to improve the OSMF by Separating Out the Board from Officers 11 months ago

Serge note there has been/is nothing stopping the board from following your suggested model in the past, now or in the future. I would however be very sceptical of the board in general (not the newly elected members naturally) of getting to the point were they would let go far enough that such a model would actually work.

Baker St Mapping evening + Artillery Arms Tonight 11 months ago

BTW see for mapping POIs indoors ....

What I want 11 months ago

Just a note on the side: vespucci can be used fully offline (it can save and load JOSM compatible .xml files on the mobile device, and tiles can easily be preloaded) and 10 POIs per minute might be stretching it, depending on the level of detail one wants to add, but is in principle possible.

Vision? 11 months ago

@mikelmaron the UN place id stuff. Note I consider it fairly harmless, but the list could just as well be kept seperate from OSM proper. Not sure what Andrew decided on in the end.

Vision? 11 months ago

@Glassman you would have to ask the board that met in Seattle for an answer to your fitst question. As to the 2nd part I actually oitn that out too.