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I am working on an application that allows you to download OSM data, explore the content and export it. The main idea is that a user can download data for a specific extend (a project area) and see what kind of data is available in this area. Geometries with Tags that are useful can then be exported to Shape or KML. I would say the project is still in an experimental stage, but any feedback is welcome.
You can find further explanations and the download under http://osm-iq.de/node/5
We are about to launch the new version of MapRoulette! Finally! The most obvious changes are that you now sign in using your OSM account - so you can track your and other mappers' progress, and multiple challenges being available to choose from! We will launch the day after tomorrow with four new challenges to start with: the familiar Zorro Ways, ways with overlapping parts, wrong one way ways (if you know a better name, let me know..) and tangled ways. More to come!
Behind the scenes much more has changed. There is now an API for challenge providers to post their own challenges (let me know if you want access), challenges can have an area associated with them so you will be able to choose a challenge that is local to you, and they also have difficulty levels. The entire application has also been rebuilt from the ground up to be more stable, scalable, and allow more flexibility for different types of challenges in the future. If you want to see how MapRoulette is built, check out MapRoulette on Github.
So, on March 12, head on over to maproulette.org and start fixing!
Tham gia nhé các bạn
As has happened several times recently, there is again no image featured on the wiki’s front page on Monday. Maybe we should be promoting the image of the week. Maybe the proposals page isn’t friendly enough to passing submitters and needs to be made more welcoming. Maybe the community are no longer interested in featuring pictures and it should be scaled back or dropped.
As I pointed out in my last diary... SEO SPAM @ User Diaries & Descriptions
It was said in a previous "diary" entry that OSM users are not a major issue "because nobody will actually see a user page for a user that doesn't do anything unless they actually go hunting for it for some reason" (from here).
But this is an example of spam user : https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/Voyancegratuiteimmediate
which is referenced multiple times from Facebook or Twitter (e.g. https://twitter.com/DabiaRamani)
The aim is probably to increase G. ranking. The same site is referenced in dozen different sites with the same kind of weakness. If it's not harming OSM, this miethod is artificially increasing the amount of registred users and will probably increase in the future if we do nothing.
We will be meeting in Zürich tomorrow for the fifthiest Zürich OSM meetup, if you have time please feel free to join us.
Продам GPS датчик Globalsat BU-353 в отличном состоянии.
This ifttt recipe send you an email with details of the new OpenStreetMap contributor who is close to a place that you chose previously.
Follow these steps to enable the recipe:
- Use my ifttt recipe
- Visit http://resultmaps.neis-one.org/newestosmcreatefeed
- Click on the map to set your position
- Select rectangle size [5, 10, 15, 50, 75 or 100km]
- Copy your "Result-Feed-Link"
- Paste on the Feed URL
Thanks to Pascal Neis and Simone Cortesi (I relied on his recipe)!
This short blog is covering my trip and OSM updates in Republic of Panama. I will still update few things, but most of my knowledge is already in OSM. In first part, i will describe few minor edits useful for anybody who want to spend few days in Panama (just skip it, if you don't have plans like that) and in the final part something more interesting.
Most of country is realy deserted, with only few POIs or buildings here and there. Bing coverage is OK, but large parts are under clouds and imagery is really old. I stayed in one place that was operating for one year or even longer, but on satellite images you will find just nice green grass.
Obviously, it is not possible to map all useful things you noticed in another country during two weeks trip, but still you can create few gpx and some useful changesets (and not only hotels ;) ). source: How did you contribute to OpenStreetMap?;; Copyright © Pascal Neis (neis-one.org) Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors
I have read something about growing popularity of triathlon in Panama and because larger towns aren't bike/walking friendly, maybe OSM will grow there too ;)
Two trails in International Park La Amistad, though El Retoño trail is still missing:
source: Waymarked Trails: Hiking;; Map data © OpenStreetMap under ODbL, elevation data by SRTM/ASTER
Some bus stops (though bus stops in Panama are more about shelters, because you can flag down most of buses almost anywhere) and taxi wait point in Cerro Punta and Las Nubes, Chiriqui, where is located entrance to International Park La Amistad: source: OpenStreetMap;; © OpenStreetMap contributors
Platforms and toilets (fee=yes) in Terminal de Buses de David in David, Chiriqui. That small platform is for Terminales - David - Panama, s.a. company operating on David-Panama City route and the larger for other "local" buses: source: OpenStreetMap;; © OpenStreetMap contributors
Bus stop in Almirante, sidewalk (not visible at zoom 16) and Taxi 25 office (shop=ticket is not rendered by Mapnik, but you can find it in search), where you can board on a boat to Bocas del Toro town: source: OpenStreetMap;; © OpenStreetMap contributors
In Bocas del Toro, there was more relax and solo_traveler_fear_of_stolen_tablet_from_beach than OSM, so i uploaded only few POIs there. Probably that is the reason, why is this place so deserted in OSM compared to how touristy that town and islands are: source: OpenStreetMap;; © OpenStreetMap contributors
And at the end, probably my largest edits in PA - Metrobus in Panama. It is operated by Mibus company. They have almost all routes on own website, but compared to European standards, it is realy not user friendly. Are you looking for best bus route to your hotel? You will spend maybe one or two hours comparing all those pdf's with road network in your favorite map.
Did i wrote 'almost all routes on own website'? Well, thats correct. I don't know, if it is that mañana thing, but i created at least one relation, that i can't find on their website. You can also compare this name deducted from bus with name on Mibus website (though my name is maybe missing 'Estación La Cabima', I am realy not sure about this). And of course, no timetables...
During my 5 nights / 4 days in Panama City, i recorded GPX traces for few Metrobus routes, some of them too short or without description, but result is 9 relations in Openstreetmap. Apart from Albrook - Amador and Albrook - Esclusas de Miraflores routes, all other are incomplete, covering only few routes from Albrook to El Carmen/Betania area.
I was able to add few more bus stops and i will try to add some more comparing bus speeds from gpx and Bing imagery (i am pretty sure about IDAAN and Policia Nacional positions). But right now, I am almost done. I will leave Metrobus network in Panama in this early Alpha state; we need some Panama City resident's to make it better and useful. Somebody, who knows the city, is wiling to spend $0.25 for one ride, collecting gps traces and editing it all at home. And also create all that new roads for these routes. source: ÖPNVKarte;; Map data © by Openstreetmap contributors licenced under ODbL 1.0. This map is available under CC-BY-SA licence (© by MeMoMaps). Website design: Raffael Görich
This is complete route Albrook - Esclusas de Miraflores (and back to Albrook): source: OpenStreetMap;; © OpenStreetMap contributors. Tiles courtesy of Andy Allan
And another complete route, from Albrook to Amador showing last/first stop on Isla Flamenco: source: OpenStreetMap;; © OpenStreetMap contributors. Tiles courtesy of Andy Allan
(note: both these routes are on last stop turning around back to Albrook, so there is only one relation covering all variations for both routes)
This last Metrobus in Panama part is also used in Panama OpenStreetMap Forum for obvious reason.
Can we please fix the SEO Blacklink Spam?
I have been mapping here for a few weeks now and what caught my eye from day one was the pretty large amount of spam here and how long it sometimes takes until it gets removed - IF it gets removed at all...
And while diary entries usually get removed pretty quickly (which is still annoying as they show up in the RSS feeds and on Social Media), some accounts with spam in the user descriptions are over 1 year old as I just found after reading this entry.
So What's the Solution?
Someone has to work his way trough the list in the Wiki and remove the profiles.
Maybe implement a report Button
Only publish them after a moderator has approved them.
Require accounts to have a certain age or amount of edits (the 2nd one could obviously backfire as it might lead to vandalism)
With all the active people and programmers involved in this project there must be better way to deal with this and get it under control.
Don't you think? Anyone got any better ideas?
Nachdem ich im Großarltal alle Häuser und Adressen erfasst habe.Widme ich mich wieder einem Gebiet, mit dem meine OSM Leidenschaft begonnen hat.
Ich habe mir zum Ziel gesetzt alle Adressen und Häuser rund um den Attersee zu erfassen. Die Hälfte ist schon mal geschafft. Leider geht es nicht so schnell, wie gedacht. Immer wieder mache ich abstecher in das Hinterland.
So, about six months after promising Ben Abelshausen, I'm finaly organizing a MeetUp in Antwerpen.
As I know organizing isn't quite my forte, I've been thinking a lot about what other thing one can do to make OSM more social today. As opposed to "how could we make it more social if we were programmers with all the time in the world". So, there was one piece of very low hanging fruit we identified on the last "monthly" "summer" meetup in Gent . We could just let all the new contributors in our area know that OSM are people. So when you join, you wouldn't think OSM is somewhere you just dump some data, but a place where people actually meet and collaborate on a common dream. (in case you wondered: yes, nerds can be romantic)
So I made a Google Spreadsheet where all new Belgian contributors are listed quite clean. You can click a link to their profile and send them a welcome message. After you sent it, you just add some info to the spreadsheet, so the same new user wouldn't be getting more than one welcome message. I made a draft standard welcome message (in Dutch) anyone can use or modify of completely throw away and make something better.
I don't want to be doing this alone. I would like to share both Google Documents with anyone who wants to help out. All you need is a Google Account. We'll obviously need a French translation. And I would like there to be different letters of introduction.
If you're interested, I used (of course) one of neis-one's services. This RSS is read by an IFTTT recipe into Google Docs. It's read a bit messy, so I introduced a second worksheet that cleans it up a bit with some basic formulas.
I noticed SPAM in English is removed from the diaries quite promptly. What about the other languages? Who to report SPAM in the diaries?
Please remove that diary entry in Russian http://www.openstreetmap.org/user/weze/diary/21151 and maybe its author as well.
I'm at the OpenStreetMap Hack Weekend March 2014. Things done:
One of the things I'm really happy about is that Richard Fairhurst's addition of routing to the OpenStreetMap main website is really close to being ready - just a couple of tiny bugs and UI bits to iron out, and who knows, maybe it'll go live soon. I helped with a couple of little improvements and fixes.
The other thing is a conversation with new mapper Micky Allen, who is interested in mapping blue badge parking spaces. It turns out that in OSM we have a handy tag capacity:disabled=*, which is already used quite well in London, but we just need a bit more community effort to map these "blue badge" parking bays whenever we see them. Micky now has some ideas about how to extract these data from OSM, and he also has some ideas about encouraging the community to join in mapping them. I'll certainly try and remember to map them when I see them.
Next thing we've done this afternoon - some improvements to v2 of the HOT Tasking Manager. I've made it auto-unlock locked tasks after time (feature migrated from v1) as well as a couple of smaller tweaks.
Пользователи OSM из Курска, особенно Сёмыч, ввели в OSM все маршруты городского транспорта. Я отрендрил карты маршрутов трамвая, троллейбуса, и автобуса Курска в osmot/TileMill.
I see the map as a garden. It needs love and care from local mappers who know the area and can look after it regularly. This means editing regularly in the area, as against armchair mapping -- of which I do quite a bit (!), but there is nothing like a community of locals taking care of an area.
What areas of the US receive such community love and what areas do not? Digging into the raw changeset dump produces some interesting results.
This is what I did :
For all changesets, approximate the location of the changeset to the center of the bounding box and geocode the point to the country level -- throw out all changesets which are not geocoded to the US and which seem to be over 2 latitudes or 2 longitudes wide (these are mostly programmatic edits)
Remove changesets by special users, davehansentiger, milenko, OSMFRedactionbot, bot-mode, woodpeck_fixbot and nhd-import (these were the big import accounts I identified, did I miss any?)
Divide up the country into .1 X .1 latitude / longitude squares (this is approximately a 11km X 11km box) and treat each box as a little garden of its own. For each of these of these gardens ask the following questions:
a) how many unique users have made commited a changeset in this area? b) how many unique users have made more than 5 changesets in this area? c) how many unique users have made more than 10 changesets in this area?
- Once I calculated these three metrics, then I was ready to generate some pretty maps and analyses! I'm presenting some results below.
- Here are the top OSM Gardens in the US that are well taken care of in the US.
- Bay Area 64 contributors with 10+ changesets
- DC 53 contributors with 10+ changesets
- Seattle 42 contributors with 10+ changesets
The complete top 10 list can be seen here: http://pastie.org/pastes/8897892/text
- And here is map of places with at least five contributors commiting more than 10 changesets:
- Here is a similar map, with major cities marked as airplanes. All the major cities seem to meet this bar of having at least 5 members who have made more than 10 changes. But at the second tier there is a lot of variation. Looking in the south, Alabama, Huntsville and Montogemery and Alamaba all seem to have at least one area that is well taken care of, while cities in Louisiana (Lafayette) or Arkansas seem to have no real communities to speak of. Memphis, TN and Knoxville, TN seem to have very little acitvity -- while there seems to be a decent community in Nashville. I think there is a lot of interesting variation here that goe beyond simply saying that places with people are places with contributors.
This is very much a work in progress. If there is interest I could compile lists which state more clearly (large) cities that could do with community engagement and others that seem to have plenty going on. I should also figure out how to make these maps in TileMill and have embed them so that people can play around with them.
Depois de umas férias em Ouro Preto, volto ao Rio e suas comunidades. Mas até nas férias andei mapeando. Não mapeando propriamente, só encontrei uma rua que não estava no OSM e agora está (eu só não sei o nome da tal rua, ao lado do teatro). De resto, apenas melhorei a identificação dos pontos turísticos (basicamente igrejas e museus), e mapeei a parte turística da Mina do Chico Rei (que por se tratar de um buraco no chão, não tinha GPS para mapear com precisão).
De volta ao Rio, agora é a vez do Complexo do Alemão. Dessa vez, como tenho poucos mapas do local o procedimento será um pouco mais lento porque será feito do zero e com logradouros ainda não reconhecidos pela prefeitura. Vamos lá, devagar e sempre.