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A look at Scout Signs about 2 months ago

Martijn here from Telenav. I am not developing the plugin but working closely with Bea who does!

First off thanks for taking the time to beta test. Because it is still beta, we hadn't gotten around to creating a proper wiki page yet, but I have at least created a stub now. Feel free to use the talk tab there to provide feedback and suggestions as well. There should also be a link to this page in the JOSM description shortly.

I really like the suggestion for (optionally) hiding the signs where maxspeed is already present on the way - or perhaps only when OSM and the sign agree. We will look into this after we get the initial version out.

The CV algorithm processing the signs into speed limits is definitely not fail-safe - there is no such thing, unfortunately :) We did not see a lot of mistakes so far, but it's definitely possible. (This is one of the reasons it's a JOSM plugin and not some sort of automagical data processing / importing machine).

The offset from the actual sign position is perhaps confusing initially but expected if you reckon that the camera position is recorded at the time the picture is taken, and not the sign position (which is unknown). I don't think it's a huge deal, but if it turns out to be an issue we can look at ways to mitigate.

As Skippern mentions, a collaboration with Mapillary would make sense, and we have that in the works, so expect to see that sometime soon.

Feel free to drop me a line (or ask on IRC) if you have any other questions or feedback. Excited for this plugin to go live!

Potlatch 2: quickly move from task to task 3 months ago

This is an excellent improvement Richard! I am guessing it could be used with any Overpass Turbo GeoJSON export as well?

I am currently working on direct GeoJSON support for MapRoulette (as required by the Magical MapRoulette Machine) so I am hoping that geoJSON can grow to be some sort of microtask format standard for OSM.

6000 EUR for OpenStreetMap 3 months ago

I have been using to shop and automatically have Amazon donate a fraction of the price of my purchases to the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap team. I don't know if this is Amazon US specific, but it seems to be a similar setup. I believe the donation is 0.5% of each purchase.

Now Live: Notes Posted By Scout Users 3 months ago

Thanks kerosin! Well, to be honest, at first we are seeing some 'unfixable' things come through our filters, but we expected that to happen, and are monitoring the notes closely.

Scout GPS Navigation (formerly Skobbler) is not affected by this change yet. We are working on this! I will post diary entries whenever I have Scout-related news to report.

Now Live: Notes Posted By Scout Users 3 months ago

SanderD: Currently it can be up to 4 weeks, but we're working to refresh more often. TomH: I will see that that gets fixed.

The Magic MapRoulette Machine 3 months ago

Yes, you could change the query to include a bigger bounding box or loosen other query parameters without creating a brand new challenge.

CheckAutopista Update 4 months ago

This is an amazing tool!! I can't believe I didn't know about it.

After using it for a few minutes I am just amazed by how well it works and how well designed it is.

A couple of questions I have:

  • I see you are displaying exit_to tags in green, is that suggesting that exit_to is a good way to tag motorway exits? In the U.S., we have been discussing moving to destination= and I am personally not a fan of exit_to.
  • Is there a way to get a permalink with a specific freeway pre-loaded?


New MapRoulette challenge: TIGER Mismatched Ways 5 months ago

Takuto - Whoa, yes the first batch is done already! I didn't expect it to happen this quickly. Let me get some more up (there's lots more) - will post here when they are ready.

First thoughts 5 months ago

Let me chime in with a warm welcome to you! Lots of great advice already here. Let me see what I can add. It is easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of work to be done, so there is a lot to be said for starting small and bringing the areas you know best up to date first.

There are some tools out there that may be helpful, like the Battle Grid which points out areas where OSM is in poor shape compared to more recent (better quality) TIGER data. Also MapRoulette which gives you random tasks to help fix up the map around the US and beyond.

Also, you are invited to join a Virtual Mappy Hour sometime soon! Virtual Mappy Hours are online events where we talk about OpenStreetMap, answer questions, and welcome newcomers. You can join through Google+ Hangouts. We hold them every other week on Monday. Look at the OpenStreetMap US Google+ page for announcements. I hope to see you there sometime!

Finally, there is also a mailing list specifically for the U.S. OSM community. A great place to introduce yourself, ask questions, make suggestions, etc.

New MapRoulette challenge: TIGER Mismatched Ways 5 months ago

Pieren: I usually just delete these ways that don't seem to exist. Before I do so, I look up and down the main road to see if the road should be moved rather than deleted. But especially the short 'doodles' sticking out form the main road that have no names, I mostly just delete.

MapRoulette Challenges 'Ways Needing Smoothing' and 'Crossing Ways' Completed 5 months ago

Be A Mapper, thanks! I hope for more good challenges in the future.

Simon, thanks. Yes, there would be a noticeable improvement in routing quality for those particular locations where TIGER misalignment is really bad. Scout is pretty forgiving when it comes to determining which road you are on - as are most GPS based navigation systems - but where it gets really confusing, like this for example:

confusing will get wrong guidance and 'rerouting...' prompts consistently. In those places, GPS based routing applications will immediately benefit from targeted improvements. I have a similar challenge lined up that identifies OSM ways that are significantly misaligned from more recent (2014) TIGER data, which should help resolve some of the remaining TIGER mess.

Can you believe we are still cleaning this up, 5 years after the import?

Water in OpenStreetMap 6 months ago

A really cool and fun MapRoulette challenge, Peter! Sorry for the bugs along the way - but together we have made MapRoulette a little more stable as a result :)

Robbieonsea: the reason we link to the ' version' of iD is that the arguments MapRoulette passes to iD are not all forwarded when you use the edit link. It should generally be the same version, though.

Oh TIGER... 6 months ago

robert - that is what the T stands for in TIGER :)

Pieren - highly unlikely, for a number of reasons. The most important one is that the unique identifiers on the TIGER features have changed since the original import. Also, the original TIGER IDs have been removed from many objects in OSM. Both these things make it very hard to match newer TIGER to what is in OSM now reliably. Any re-import attempt would be far a smaller area, introducing its own set of challenges related to conflation and connecting up the newly imported data with the existing data at the boundaries of the import area. I think there is more to be gained from tools like the Battle Grid and the TIGER 2012/3 layers available in JOSM and iD.

State Parks and National Parks 6 months ago

I agree that it's better to have a generic boundary=protected_area or something with a specifier tag added to it. Is protect_class already documented / used?

State Parks and National Parks 6 months ago

I agree they are different but they fit the definition on the wiki page.

I added a link to the IUCN categories wiki page to the boundary=national_park wiki and a discussion topic there as well.

OpenStreetMap Sister Towns 7 months ago

They could also use some help in other departments...

broken web site

Time for a 'Map Your Outdoors Adventure' party! 7 months ago

Thanks! During a bike camping trip in the western part of the Uinta mountains, Utah. Close to where I live!

Oh TIGER... 7 months ago

Bing may be out of date or misaligned, but in this case I'd wager a bet that TIGER is more wrong than Bing!

We also have the JOSM 'TIGER 2012' overlay as an additional reality check. This is also TIGER data but from after the big TIGER improvement program MFTAIP that ran between roughly 2004 and 2008:

TIGER 2012

New MapRoulette feature: Select your local area! 7 months ago

Erick - there was a bug in MapRoulette that prevented the challenge choices from loading directly. Could you try and see if the problem still exists? It could be of course, that there are no issues in Brazil :)

Opening Hours 7 months ago

Thanks ypid for adding information on the evaluation tool!