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Contributor numbers revisited and empty changesets galore 2 months ago

Go Map!! silently creates an empty changeset during first-time password validation. It is invisible to the user and doesn't imply that the user was attempting to edit and failed. (This "feature" will be fixed in the next release.)

Go Map!! 1.1 available over 1 year ago

The rendering issue was a font substitution bug that would occur for a street that contained a mix of English (i.e. Helvetica) text and a language rendered in a substituted font.

Relation editing is coming.

Guided Tagging by Wiki generated JSON-formated rules over 1 year ago

JOSM, Potlatch and other editors already have schemas they are using that could be automatically translated into something like the TagCentral schema, and that in turn could be semi-automatically imported into the wiki where it could be easily extended by users and indexed by TagInfo.

The editor schemas tend to be "top-down": they say a node can be an amenity, amenity can be restaurant, restaurant contains cuisine. TagCentral is bottom-up: cuisine belongs to restaurant, restaurant belongs to amenity, etc. With the top-down approach you end up duplicating tag info that gets shared amongst many types of objects ("wifi=yes/no/free" for restaurants, cafes, pubs, etc.). But the bottom-up approach in some cases simply breaks: maxspeed belongs to highway, but not for highway=stop. TC doesn't have a mechanism for these exceptions.

In any case the current wiki metadata is pretty close as it is. The main issue I see is that it uses a "combinations" field instead of TC's "qualifies" so it does not sufficiently document the direction of relationships. It says that cuisine and restaurant are related but not restaurant is the primary tag and cuisine is an auxiliary tag.

JOSM Training over 1 year ago

I added the addresses in Hunts Point via JOSM in the evening after the training, then drove around the neighborhood the next day with my iPad verifying everything. The address data was perfect but several previously tagged street names needed fixing. Overall very easy and straightforward.

Go Map!! now available in the App Store over 1 year ago

For v1 I had a bunch of testers and basically only one of them (thanks Skippern!) turned out to be an active mapper who used the app on a regular basis, so going forward (now that it is freely available) I'm going to add people as testers only after they have a history of using the app regularly for a couple weeks. This is especially necessary since the next version will focus on more sophisticated editing features and they need to get a reasonable workout. Make sense?

Go Map!! now available in the App Store over 1 year ago

dcp: As Josh notes a port to Android is pretty much impossible.

Gregory: Please send me a screen shot and I'll take a look

JoshD: I was involved in Sysinternals until just a couple years ago.

No Man's Land over 1 year ago

When mapping, especially places where I expect things to change a lot, I'm not so concerned with capturing an exact snapshot of the neighborhood but rather capturing the flavor of the area. As a traveler I don't care so much about the exact restaurant but rather where to find a collection of restaurants from which to choose. And I assume that if a business fails it will be replaced by a similar business. A newer restaurant or a newer dry cleaner, or a newer gas station, but not something completely different. So especially in rural areas you can approach it this way.

Editor trial run over 1 year ago

Submitted to App Store last night, not sure how long it will take to go live.

Beta testing OSMiOS over 1 year ago

The app is still under development and at present is only being beta tested by a few people, so it is premature to put it in the wiki. I hope that within a month or so it will be ready for public distribution via the App Store (free).

OSM editor almost 2 years ago

OpenStreetPad is a pure renderer, I haven't seen any indication that it aims to support editing.