Recent diary entries
Moving to Seville - tracing some roads and streets in the places I am looking at living
Using official road lists and yahoo to sketch out the secondary and tertiary roads in C-L and C-M and even EX
Adding parks, commons, footpaths, correcting streets, hunting down details of building, strange areas etc. Still confused about how to categorise streets in the city. In the UK and some other cities the road classification system continues into towns, so for those mappers, who were the ones who developed the classification, it is not a problem, but in Spain (in madrid anyway) , major roads do not have classification number -they have a name. How to decide their tagging? Should it be on some historical classification? hard - many manjor roads are not replaced by new motorways, and have lost the nistorical, national significance, e.g. as the place one leave for another city from the city centre (e.g. Puerta de Sol, Place San Jacques). Should classification be done in terms of the numbers of lanes? e.g. 3 lanes each way= secondary, 4 lanes = primary; more = trunk. (Trunk is a very odd concept anyway) OR should all major roads be 'secondary' as they are not roads linking cities, and therefore are not major highways.
What about the smaller roads connecting districts - I assume they should be 'tertiary', just to show the traveller that these are the recommended routes.
In Madrid the major roads and junctions are indicated on direction signage in Green signs, the same as Secondary roads. Smaller streets are not usually given directions.
OSM also does not have the concept of an urban street (the proposal was abandoned) - some thing to distinguish purely residential streets from those with mixed use that are not major thoroughfares.
I have compiled a large part of the outskirts Madrid, and the Comunidad de Madrid, tracing, investigations etc. Now time to do work on the ground. Some issues - need the boundaries of the provinces, towns, cities and districts - I wonder if these are available? There is also a need to add tags for different administrative levels without having the boundaries (e.g. district, barrio) , and for tagging rather indefined areas of land.
The details of the schools that have ben put on the map are very useful for looking up texts on the places to correct and add details.
There are many large new housing developments around Madrid - some are not on Yahoo maps, so need visited. Often streets have been laid out, but in the current crisis of construction one cannot be sure they have actually been built without visiting!
Lots of way-tracing from Yahoo. Now Madrid has some suburbs, though I am glad I do not live there.
also adding some towns and villages further out towards Toledo.
Traced a whole section of southern Madrid that was not on the map... 2 weeks holiday there at christmas should give some time to go round some of it
Discover that the open borders data from the US is from the 80s, so none of the Central Asia republics are on it. Want to find a way to import the shape files from VMAP0
Added cities, roads, many canals, found a few mountain names too. Learning Uzbek and Russian to do this!
Picked a spot on a part of the globe with very little mapping, almost nothing on the other main internet maps - Fergana in Uzbekistan. V good quality satellite images to be tracked, plus some hunting for info about the places like Besqaria, Isfara. Some images from flickr, and wikipedia entries to help.
Walked around Dumbiedykes, which is a largely pedestrian estate, with lots of steps - does not show well on any map I know - I have got much of it, but there are many steps I still have not go. Filled in a few streets.
The lanes around Canongate were a bit of disaster - existing ones completely in the wrong place. Tried to get it right in the area between the Parliament and Moray House - The moray hosue complex needs revisited. (Found a nice page of old maps of central edinburgh http://www.edinphoto.org.uk/0_MAPS/0_maps_thumbnails.htm )
added these routes
Added streets to Sanxenxo, country roads and quite a few of the paths in the hills and woods based on GPS and yahoo tracing
From lots of GPS track I have managed to add a great deal of the footpaths in the hills behind and around Escorial, on abantos and around the Sierra de Guadarrama. However the actual village itself needs completed with a new visit.
also some tracks and roads to Villabla, Cercedilla, Siete Picos etc
Adding paths and peaks in the Pentlands, based on gps tracks and some of Yahoo images (but hese only cover a small amount).
Surprised to find that the tram network in Amsterdam is not very well developed. added some of the lines I regularly take when visiting. Some issues about whether to draw new ways, or make exisiting way railway=tram
Visit to Rotterdam, correct and add some street around where I am staying. Main problem with Rotterdam is the tram network is not completed. Trams run beteen two lane of major roads, or sometimes on their own roads, so I have drawn some based on GPS and yahoo. added some information about Route 21 as a relation.
Added street detail, beaches, country lands, and tracks in the woods near Sanxenxo