smsm1 has commented on the following diary entries

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A complete map 9 months ago

You have to be careful with heat maps as it may encourage people to simply touch OSM elements and not properly map, even so there's no real change needed. Instead, there needs to be some form of "I've checked this, and it's up to date", without causing a lot of churn in the data.

JOSM for Mac? almost 2 years ago

I just use the Java webstart file to start JOSM on my Mac.

I download the .jnlp file from The nice thing about JNLP is that you automatically get updates to the software.

The Missing Mappers Problem? almost 2 years ago

According to I've made 67 change sets in the US so far. As I haven't visited or had reason to edit in the US recently, it's likely I'll be one of the "missing" users. Could you re-run the stats worldwide to see how they compare?

OpenStreetBugs Phase out ... update over 2 years ago

How about a progress bar for each country on some status web page?

using osm on a phone almost 3 years ago

If you narrow your browser window, you'll find that it becomes the same as the mobile version as it already uses the window size to determine what to show and how big it should show.

Making OSM data mor compact almost 3 years ago

I hate landuse areas that are sharing nodes with other areas, as they are a nightmare to try and edit, as the editors, yes even JOSM have not yet found a good way to choose the object selected at the mouse click.

London Congestion Charging about 3 years ago

I would have thought it would have been better to map the congestion charge zone in London as an area, which I thought it was at one point.

day 1 Old lines reboot (M&GN & GE) over 3 years ago

You can take an export of the OSM data, process it by changing the tags to what you want for your purposes. You can also use downloads for example from GeoFabrik to style the data in the way that you wish for highlighting the data that you think is important. You can use tools like osmosis which allows you to filter the OpenStreetMap data so that you get out only the data that you have interest in.

Day 2 over 3 years ago

Are you aware that you can surface the data in OSM in different ways. For example ITO World (the company I work for) have a series of maps highlighting data that you don't normally see on the map. The one of greatest interest to you is the Former Railways one:

You could create your own rendering of the data using TileMill or Mapnik as a means to show what you find interesting and fading out the less interesting map data.

We need to gamify over 3 years ago

You may be interested in ITO World's OSM Mapper where you can create areas and see who has been doing a lot of mapping in each area.

Shaun McDonald ITO World Developer

Amenity/shop with multiple housenumbers. How to map it? over 3 years ago

Building entrances can be tagged with the entrance tag.

Hack Weekend at 10gen over 3 years ago

I've fixed a few bits of data thanks to TrainLord.

Potlatch needs fixing over 3 years ago

Doh, Potlatch as in the place.

Potlatch needs fixing over 3 years ago

That's the problem that you see with Potlatch?

Bike routes over 3 years ago

It's worth remember that what is in the active transportation plan may not be the same as on the ground.

Improving Canonbury and Mildmay Park over 3 years ago

Are you aware of the local OSM meetups in London?

“Sidewalks” almost 4 years ago

Here is a map showing the use of the sidewalk tag:

The 'My GPS is better than Your GPS' types of edits. almost 4 years ago

To really improve accuracy you need a really, really expensive professional GPS, which you stand for a few moments in a place while it averages out any error. In some council areas in the UK, the bus stops that we have imported have been done to this accuracy, which annoys them when OSMers adjust them based on their little inaccurate GPS.

Mapping is hard about 4 years ago

It's not the first time that I've heard of similar things happening. I've had it happen to myself in the past.

GPS trace uploading is down?? about 4 years ago

Seems keeping up to date now.