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Mapping of Ennis town and area along R352 (Ennis-Tulla)

Posted by Spancilhill on 5 April 2013 in English (English)

Back into mapping!

After a long time of inactivity, the mapping fever is back. The availability of Bing might have helped me along as well.

First, out of convenience, I started editing with Potlatch since it has a less steep learning curve. Meanwhile I'm back with JOSM, and am really getting into it now.

In Potlatch, I learned to use keyboard shortcuts that made mapping and tagging of power lines pretty easy. First, you start the power line as usual by creating nodes on each pole that is visible (recognizable) in Bing. Don't tag the node as of now! That way you are really fast in recording the whole line. Once it's finished, you start tagging the individual nodes - click on the first, tag it (as HV Pylon or just Pole), hit "B" to add "source=Bing" and, using the keyboard shortcuts "." (dot) or "," (comma) to get to the next node, hit "r" to repeat the last tags for this node! This way you can race through the power line pretty quickly by just hitting . and r in turns. However, some power lines have (single or double) poles on the straight and HV pylons on turns! Make sure to catch them properly!

Back in JOSM, I wonder whether there are similar shortcuts available!

However, what was very tedious in Potlatch is now a piece of cake (comparatively) in JOSM and that is - buildings! Only with the plyugins "buildings" and "utilsplugin" of course!

And OSM Inspector is a brilliant tool! ;-)

Have fun! Matthy

P.S.: This is my area of interest: http://www.openstreetmap.org/?lat=52.8602&lon=-8.9412&zoom=14&layers=M

Comment from Spancilhill on 5 April 2013 at 13:24

What drives me mad is the arbitrary way in which house numbers are distributed on a road and that a named road is not just one stretch from A to B, but could be a whole neighborhood with several, distinct streets and cul-de-sacs.

Also, MOST Irish houses on residential roads do not have their house number anywhere on the front, or it is very hard to spot due to low contrast and very small digits. How are they going to direct e.g. emergency services to a certain house?

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Comment from srbrook on 6 April 2013 at 20:30

My technique using JOSM is to create the first node on a pole and add the appropriate tags. I then use Ctrl-C to copy it. I then move the cursor to the next pole and press Ctrl-V to copy the node to that position, repeating this until I get to the end of the line. I then go back along the line creating a way joining the poles and tag it with the appropriate line tag.

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Comment from Spancilhill on 8 April 2013 at 15:40

That's also pretty straight forward. Thanks!

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Comment from malenki on 7 May 2013 at 13:20

I do map powerlines this way: just draw it by making only nodes where power towers are placed tag the powerline press "E" which selects all nodes of the way tag all the nodes in one go

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Comment from malenki on 7 May 2013 at 13:21

(i hate markup)
Again, better formatted:
I do map powerlines this way:
just draw it by making only nodes where power towers are placed
tag the powerline
press "E" which selects all nodes of the way
tag all the nodes in one go

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Comment from Spancilhill on 7 May 2013 at 13:39

Hi malenki, that's really great - I didn't realize the "E" shortcut! Pretty cool. Thanks.

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