jremillard has commented on the following diary entries

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Using OpenStreetMap on a daily basis about 2 years ago

The underlying idea is that we need to transcend our core GIS/Open Source early adopters types, and get normal people editing. There are just not enough software engineers, computer admins, and GIS people to feed the project.

The Internet is really really big. Wikipedia has 500,000,000 unique visitors a month. Getting 0.1% of the visitors, is 1 million active mappers a month. We are currently around 20,000 active mappers a month. Honestly, we probably have a chance at 500 million unique users, but you get the idea.

Of coarse, we should also add all of the other kinds of maps. We had a nice talk on the lists about plugging in other tile sources. That one is not controversial, just waiting for some code.

As far as what you work on, that is easy, just do what you enjoy. This is not job!

More Addresses about 2 years ago

Yes, large scale address imports are coming in the US because of the E911 system.

I think this shows that we need a lot more mappers, even in Germany. 20 years is much too long,

More Addresses about 2 years ago

114 million households in the US / 1650 addresses a day, US completed in 185 years. Not feeling that good about this.

Massachusetts Lake/Pond Cleanup over 2 years ago

I always picked the best object to keep, and merged the tags. Not always, but most of the time, the MassGIS data was better than the hand drawn data from before the import. I think this is because we were using lower resolution yahoo images in 2009 to trace over. However, If the hand drawn data had name tags, or other tags, they were always preserved. The import did not have the name tags.

But you are right, there are currently no active mappers focused on the cape. p-town, national park, and some places on the coast do have some signs of OSM life.

The Great DC Parking Lot Cleanup of 2013 over 2 years ago

Good job Aaron! How did you only download just the amenity=parking and then edit in JOSM?

OSM datasize in PostGIS over 2 years ago

OK, I will try that!

On implied turn restrictions and armchair mapping over 2 years ago

You should apologize for reverting somebodies else's change without consulting with them first. You should apologize for not finding a way of resolving this disagreement privately (like emailing state of Florida). You should not apologize for being wrong about the turn relation.

You apologizing has nothing to do with anybody else. Believe me, you are not the only person that should be apologizing for this weekends fiasco.

On implied turn restrictions and armchair mapping over 2 years ago

Please apologize, so everybody can can put the pitchforks down so we can all get back to mapping.

Go Map!! now available in the App Store over 2 years ago

Just gave it a spin, looks great. Thanks!!

Removed. almost 3 years ago

OK, see everybody on rails-dev later in the week.

1 Million Mappers Soon ... No, Not Really almost 3 years ago

butrus_butrus, tmcw, I did not suggest that nobody would come back, but rather these dead accounts have a real cost on project. They are not "free". Also, I bet both of you would have made an account when you came back if needed. Anyway, no worries, I'm glad you both came back :-)

Using the DOD GS-600 or similar HD blackbox gps cameras for OSM almost 3 years ago

Hi Marlow,

Thanks for posing this! Can you read the signs with the camera? I could not ready them in the utube video.

Thanks Jason.

1 Million Mappers Soon ... No, Not Really almost 3 years ago

The find nearby users feature should show new accounts without any map changes. If somebody opens up an account nearby and does not manage to edit the map, I would like to contact them and offer to help. If it is more than a year old, we probably lost them already.

For the 0.05% that open up an account and 2 years later make their first edit, all of the other issues don't seem worth saving them 1 step. I don't have data, but it seems like this is an extremely rare occurrence, and we should not be degrading important features because of this.

For users without any map edits, if we get our password hashes stolen, then we have 800,000 people that are at risk for no reason.

Not being able to close an account seems kind of rude.

MassGIS building file converted to OSM format almost 3 years ago


We are talking about it on the us-talk.

Basically, the license is fine because it comes from MassGIS. Nobody has signed up to actually push this into OSM yet. I was hoping that people that are mapping in MA, would take a look at the data and see what it looks like first then we can see what makes sense to do next.

Thanks Jason.