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Posted by bruce89 on 5 September 2013 in English (English)

Editing bits of roads with loads of routes on them is extremely tedious. I had to remove two pieces of road from ~10 different relations and replace them with another piece of road.

There must be a better way to define routes than relations.

Location: High Knightswood, Knightswood, Glasgow City, Scotland, G61, United Kingdom


Posted by bruce89 on 26 January 2012 in English (English)

I've been adding some addresses.

I've been using nodes for the entrances tagged with the addr:*=* tags and building=entrance.

The reason for this is because some buildings have multiple "bits" in them. I've seen others dividing the building into smaller sections instead.

I'd say the node way is better, but I just wonder if it's good practice.

Location: The Green, Craobh Haven, Argyll and Bute, Scotland, PA31 8UB, United Kingdom


Posted by bruce89 on 17 January 2012 in English (English)

An idea that I saw on the mailing list (thank goodness I don't subscribe to that) was that of different layers of data. The idea would be choosing what "layers" of data you want.

Certainly it would make editing a lot easier as some areas are unwieldy to deal with.

Thinking about it, XAPI does (did?) this.

Speed limits

Posted by bruce89 on 27 February 2011 in English (English)

Does every road need to have a maxspeed tag? What methods do people use for collecting speed limits?


Posted by bruce89 on 26 February 2011 in English (English)

I've been looking through bugs on MapDust, there are rather a lot of fairly useless bugs with no description, but I've also fixed at least 3 genuine bugs.

Seems like a nice system altogether.

Fedora package of mkgmap

Posted by bruce89 on 15 May 2010 in English (English)

I've just requested mkgmap's packaging in Fedora. See Any advice is welcome

Location: Scotstounhill, Glasgow City, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Future

Posted by bruce89 on 13 January 2009 in English (English)

I think the United Kingdom label should be a wee bit higher, somewhere near Newcastle would be more central I think.

Location: Jacobean Lane, Knowle, Solihull, West Midlands, England, B94, United Kingdom


Posted by bruce89 on 11 January 2009 in English (English)

I have changed Great Western Road in Glasgow to be highway=trunk. Feel free to change the lower regions nearer to the centre of Glasgow to be primary again.

This was done on the evidence of green signs along the road instead of white ones.

Location: Knightswood Park, Blairdardie, Glasgow City, Scotland, G14, United Kingdom

Data view

Posted by bruce89 on 29 June 2008 in English (English)

I very much like Crschmidt's work on the data browsing thingy. That is all.

Anarchy and OSM

Posted by bruce89 on 6 June 2008 in English (English)

I have noticed that there are a lot of people joining OSM just now. Larger numbers are always a good thing, but I do wonder at this time whether the anarchistic model will suffice in the future.

Not only could there be vandalism like Wikipedia's, but the "tag how you wish" approach could prove to be confusing and wasteful.

I'd say that the next 6 months will be absolutely critical for OSM. The work ongoing in changesets and suchlike for the 0.6 API is a step in the right direction.

I welcome opinions on the future direction of OSM.


Posted by bruce89 on 20 April 2008 in English (English)

Originally the A811 was in OSM as highway primary. I noticed that some signs on it were green, so I changed it to trunk. SpeedEvil confirmed its primary route status.

Today, I noticed a part of it was back as primary, so I sent a message to the last editor. I hadn't noticed the note tag expaining Transport Scotland no longer consider it as a primary route. Sorry about that.

Location: Old Military Road, Gartocharn, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

Island names

Posted by bruce89 on 30 March 2008 in English (English)

I think possibly the island names are a bit too obvious on the T@H layer.

Location: King's Yard, Craobh Haven, Argyll and Bute, Scotland, PA31 8UB, United Kingdom

Who should you trust?

Posted by bruce89 on 30 January 2008 in English (English)

Yesterday, I noticed a new sign on what I knew as Carseview Drive. It proclaimed the road was "Carse View Drive". I thought I may as well change it to the new name, but perhaps this wasn't such a good idea.

The new sign was placed high on a pole, you can guess why.

Location: Kelvinside, Glasgow City, Scotland, United Kingdom


Posted by bruce89 on 26 January 2008 in English (English)

Whenever I hear of Armidale, I think of a small village on the Isle of Skye.

Just thought I'd mention it.

Location: A851, Armadale, Highland, Scotland, United Kingdom

Potlatch and bad editing

Posted by bruce89 on 12 January 2008 in English (English)

Looking at the region just north of the M8/M73 junction, I noticed a lot of ways that didn't connect to each other.

Location: Cuparhead, Shawhead (farm), North Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

Passing places

Posted by bruce89 on 9 January 2008 in English (English)

Just for a laugh, I have opened my passing_places proposal to comments. Have fun.

Lochwinnoch region

Posted by bruce89 on 7 January 2008 in English (English)

I noticed a lot of bad data in the Lochwinnoch region. Unconnected ways, nodes all over the place at ends of ways and using the same nodes twice in each way were all in evidence. They were all made with Potlatch.

All errors have been fixed now, but please be more careful in future.


Posted by bruce89 on 21 December 2007 in English (English)

Any name=fixme tags near Glasgow will be removed. I don't agree with adding incorrect data to make things to be done more obvious.

Green list

Posted by bruce89 on 11 December 2007 in English (English)

Good news on the green list, I've already used it to get the A811 fixed.

Location: A811, Drymen, Stirling, Scotland, G63, United Kingdom


Posted by bruce89 on 10 December 2007 in English (English)

Playing with potlatch made me notice that Glasgow has Yahoo imagery. Nice.

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