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Parking restrictions

Posted by Midnightlightning on 7 July 2014 in English (English)

I've found the parking lot signs aren't that useful on the University of Wisconsin campus, if you're not familiar with the various lots. Some lots require a permit, and some are metered parking. If you're permit-less and looking for somewhere to park, the signs at the entryway to each lot are not that useful from a distance. Each has a red band at the top with white lettering indicating either "PERMIT REQUIRED" or "METERS ENFORCED" above the common "Monday-Friday, 7am-4:30pm". From a distance, since both are red bands, and two words long, it's hard to distinguish at a glance, before turning into the lot itself.

The UW parking map ( isn't much more helpful, only differentiating the permit-vs.-meter lots with a "M" symbol on the metered lots.

So, I started tagging the parking lots in OpenStreetMap with the proper "access" tags, and hopefully some parking app can parse them and make an easier parking experience while on-campus.

The permit-required lots are:

access=private access:conditional=public @ Mo-Fr 00:00-07:00,16:30-24:00; Sa-Su 00:00-24:00

And the metered lots are:

access=public fee=yes @ Mo-Fr 07:00-16:30 - for all your townland needs

Posted by rorym on 7 July 2014 in English (English)

I've moved the townlands web application to:

The source code is on github:

Feel free to request new features or report problems via github's 'issues':

Platyarthrus hoffmannseggii

Posted by gipomontesanto on 7 July 2014 in Italian (Italiano)

5 luglio 2014

Location: Strada vicinale dello Spuntone, Capannori, LU, TOS, Italia

OSM for Nagpur and Mumbai, India

Posted by 6simplex on 7 July 2014 in English (English)

hey all,

We are a young GIS development organization and have begun further densifying Nagpur and Mumbai cities in India, for our own and the mapping community benefit.

The idea is to spend about an hour or so on a daily basis adding markers for major city areas first, then digging into each area and identifying landmarks (mostly used for providing verbal directions in India, notorious for lack of a systematic address format) and streets. The hope is that folks and our devs will be able to build on this to provide geocoding (using opensource geocoding engines such as OpenCage Geocoders that use OSM) in our mapping apps.

Why Nagpur? Its a so called tier 2 city in India. Tier 1 cities are those like Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai etc with bigger economies and tech industries. Nagpur is growing in all these areas too, and with good and developing infrastructure, is fast becoming prominent on the investment map. Its also my hometown ;-)

We are of course looking for volunteers from various other cities in India, to chip in during their free time. You know, when you are watching that game on TV and if side by side you could also identify some well known spots in your neighborhood or your city on OSM, that'd help everyone a great deal.

Thanks and have a great time! Ajit

Location: NH47;53, Nagpur, Maharashtra, 440001, India

Последствия наводнения в Республике Алтай

Posted by vanomel on 7 July 2014 in Russian (Русский)

Нанес на карту последствия наводнения в Республике Алтай 1 июня 2014 года. В Чемальском районе унесло потоком воды два автомобильных моста, один пешеходный. В Чемале автомобильный мост заменили военным, он нанесен на карту osm. В Элекмонаре частный автомобильный и пешеходный на Алюлу не восстановили. В Баранголе пешеходный мост не восстановили, есть переправа на лодках.

Location: Чемальский тракт, Чемал, Чемальский район, Республика Алтай, Сибирский федеральный округ, 649240, Российская Федерация

Palmeira dos Índios - Alagoas - no mapa

Posted by Bonix Mapper on 7 July 2014 in Brazilian Portuguese (Português do Brasil)

Hoje saltei de umas 300 edições para 1010.

De 0% para ums 80% ou 90% da ruas identificadas segundo os dados do IBGE e muitas novas ruas adicionadas.

Também foram adicionados os caminhos para o interior da cidade, provavelmente áreas de plantação e áreas de reserva indígena.

Paro por hoje porque não aguento mais digitar.

Horário: ( 06/07/14 21:38:05 BRT )

New Ottawa Mappers Website

Posted by spatialfrog on 6 July 2014 in English (English)

I've created a new static web page based on GitHub pages for the local Ottawa mappers community here.

My intention with this to make it easier for local folks to connect with the local mapping parties as well as a handy resource.

Let me know what you think! Pull requests to improve or other ideas are always welcome:)



Location: Lincoln Heights, Britannia Bay, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Posted by FreedSky on 6 July 2014 in Chinese (China) (‪中文(中国大陆)‬)


Mapping at Mweva computer Centre in Jinja-Bamwese Mansoor

Posted by BamweseMansoor on 6 July 2014 in English (English)

We hope to map all areas in Uganda but lots of challenges are on our necks and these include lack of enough resources to use during our mapping sessions and these include the gps devices,computers and cameras for capturing information during the process

improper tags

Posted by Warin61 on 6 July 2014 in English (English)

A Comment from BlueTiger on 3 July 2014 at 14:14 in another entry; " Most of the times when I travel I will leave the OSMTracker running and update new POIs. At times I have skipped uploading POIs as they don't have proper tags in OSM. Unfortunately I have taken a bad choice here, I should have updated them anyway and requested for new tags."

I've seen a few tags that were not "proper" in an OSM sense .. but they make sense if you know what is there. Unfortunately getting somethings in to be "proper" in OSM looks to me to be difficult due to the numbers and location game e.g. Radio Telescope. While other things that are not consistent get through - e.g. highway=footpath and highway=path. So I'm inclined to tag all things I consider important in either a navigational sense or a facility. Make a tag note= with some explanation if necessary. This way the data is there .. even if used at this time. I'd rather have the data recorded rather than thrown away. The "improper" tag can be changed latter if a more appropriate tag is available.

Evolution of TIGER Data in OpenStreetMap US

Posted by dalek2point3 on 6 July 2014 in English (English)

NOTE: This post is mostly for my reference, might not make a lot of sense for other folks -- but thought I'd put this out there in case you're interested in the intricacies of TIGER data in the US.

Quick post to highlight some charts as I'm doing research on this topic:

  • Number of ways with a highway tag, and counting a way as one using unique "name" tags. TIGER counties are the ones that complete "good" TIGER data, while control counties are those that got missing TIGER data.


  • Same chart, but only for highway class = 1 (i.e. motorway and trunk). Seems like someone added a lot of new class 1 highways in 2010q4


  • Same chart, but only for highway class = 4 (i.e. cycleways etc). Note that TIGER was not a source for many highways of this type. Note how the control regions got a spike while the TIGER regions did not.


  • Same chart, but only for highway class = 3 (i.e. residential / tertiary etc).


Location: East Cambridge, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, 02142, United States of America

Delta 150 05.07.14

Posted by Bonix Mapper on 5 July 2014 in Brazilian Portuguese (Português do Brasil)

Apenas registrar 150 adições hoje.

Hoje foi mais um esforço para colocar a Avenida do Guacá e região no mapa.

Haus mit mehreren Eingängen auf verschiedenen Straßen

Posted by yalla on 5 July 2014 in German (Deutsch)

OK, ich habe Urlaub (bin quasi Strohurlauber, denn meine Frau muss arbeiten), also habe ich ein wenig Zeit und wollte mich nun um die Hausnummern in meinem Viertel kümmern.

Ich habe hier einen Grenzfall, der zwar an einigen Stellen dokumentiert ist, den ich aber nicht ganz verstehe. Ich habe an einer Straßenecke ein Haus mit folgenden Merkmalen:

  • Zwei Eingänge
  • Eingänge an verschiedenen Straßen
  • Mit verschiedenen Hausnummern selbstverständlich
  • Die selbe PLZ und auch Stadt (natürlich).

Ich dachte mir nun folgendes:

  1. Zwei neue Nodes hinzufügen mit den Merkmalen entrance=yes, addr:street und addr:housenumber [1]
  2. Dem Haus selber addr:city und addr:postcode geben

Nun frage ich mich, wie ich denn diese beiden neuen Nodes denn nun mit dem Gebäude selber verknüpfe; [2] versucht es zu erklären: "You should add the building=entrance node to the building because entrances are part of the building outline." Ich interpretiere das so: Ich bau den Eingangs-Node und füge in in die Linie der Häuserfront ein; in JOSM also mit "Punkt in die Linie einfügen".

Habe ich das so richtig verstanden...? Ganz konkret sieht es in meinem Viertel irgendwie durcheinander aus. Der Vorteil eines entrance-Nodes scheint ja zu sein, dass dieser für die Routenplanung gedacht ist. Heisst das im Umkehrschluss, dass addr:-Keys vom Gebäude selber nicht wirklich benutzt werden? Muss ich in meinem Grenzfall dann addr:city und addr:postcode auch in diesen beiden Eingängen pflegen, oder "erben" die beiden Eingänge PLZ und Stadt vom Gebäudeumriss...?

Danke! :-) Alex.



Posted by 01serzh on 5 July 2014 in Russian (Русский)


Location: Тепличный микрорайон, Вологда, городской округ Вологда, Вологодская область, Северо-Западный федеральный округ, Российская Федерация

What to do today? (It's too wet to go out mapping!)

Posted by NZGraham on 5 July 2014 in English (English)

How about reading the local newspaper – especially the business pages – for information useful for updating existing OSM data or preparing a 'To Do' list for when the weather improves.

Examples are:- 1. New shops/businesses opening up or old ones closing down. 2. Perhaps a new building project has just got underway. 3. Who has just moved to new premises? 4. What is happening to that vacant site I noticed the other day? 5. New section of highway opened. 6. Developers advertising sections for sale on new housing subdivisions.

For building sites (tag 'landuse=construction') here are a couple of useful pages from the wiki – a future date can be entered to indicate when construction is due to finish. Might be a good idea to make a diary note around that date to check on progress so that a further update can be made.

Another 'wet day' project could be to select a local area and, if you have decent Bing imagery, add building outlines to the map. Select just a block or so and use a bit of caution combined with your local knowledge in case things have changed since the area was photographed. You are then all set to go out on a fine day and gather 'on the ground' details for all these buildings.

Finally, if you use JOSM as your editor, I highly recommend installing the 'Opening Hours' plugin. Once you have checked businesses opening hours on the web you can use this plugin to add the info to the OSM data. It makes a seemingly tedious task so simple.


Posted by ohligser on 4 July 2014 in German (Deutsch)

Hab mich heute wieder mal sehr über User geärgert, die ohne Nachdenken Informationen entfernen.

Hier haben gleich 2 Leute unbedingt aus einem Weg zwei Oneways machen müssen - ok - und dabei Routing und unzählige schon vorhandene Abbiegeinfos zerstört - nicht ok -.

Und mancher macht sich einen Spaß daraus, Verkehrszeichen-Tags an Nodes zu entfernen, z.B. hier: Besonders blöd: Eine Chance, das zu merken, habe ich nicht. Es ist ja weg!

Ja, es gibt dafür keine formalen Standards, aber es ist auch nicht schädlich und dient als präzise "Quellenangabe" für maxspeed an highways.

Weshalb ausgerechnet jahrelang aktive User so einen Mist bauen, ist mir schleierhaft. Rücksichtslos.

Location: Gemarkung Elberfeld, Wuppertal, Regierungsbezirk Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Deutschland, Europäische Union

Which camera for capturing 'Street View'?

Posted by mvexel on 4 July 2014 in English (English)

I have been following Mapillary with a good deal of interest, because they provide an open 'street view' platform that is explicitly aimed at improving OpenStreetMap.

Here's an example of a Mapillary image and map context:


I have created an account and did some test shooting from my car, using the iPhone app Mapillary provides. This is OK, but I want better quality images. So I am looking at an action camera I can mount in my car and on my bike.

After doing some research, I narrowed the field down to two contenders: the Garmin VIRB / VIRB Elite and the GoPro Hero 3.

The Garmin VIRB (Elite edition shown): VIRB

The GoPro Hero3 (White shown): GoPro Hero3

Some observations:

  • The VIRB seems to have better battery life (important! but could not find any side by side comparisons)
  • The basic GoPro Hero3 is less expensive than the basic VIRB
  • The Elite edition of the Garmin VIRB has lots of built in sensors: GPS, altimeter, accelerometer - nice, but I am already carrying a GPS wherever I go anyway.
  • Both can do automatic time lapse photos at set intervals, which is crucial.
  • The VIRB can do 16MP stills, the most expensive Hero3 can do 12MP. This does not necessarily mean better pictures, of course.
  • The most expensive Hero3 comes with a remote, which can be convenient if you don't want to time-lapse. For example on long freeway drives where you just want to capture the signs. The VIRB can be remote controlled by certain Garmin devices like the Fenix 2 watch. Both come with smartphone apps that can control the camera as well. Convenience factor is much less though.
  • The VIRB has a built in screen. Not sure if that is actually an advantage. What would you use it for?
  • Both have wide angle lenses which is important to capture as much in one shot as possible. Specs are sketchy but it looks like the GoPros have a slightly wider angle.
  • GoPro has been at this for a lot longer than Garmin.

Here's a comparison of the video side by side. I wouldn't use video mode as much so this is of limited value, but anyway:

(The iframe embedding does not seem to work - is there a way?)

From what I can see the GoPro wins out by a small margin: sharper and better colors.

What do you use? Any other cameras to consider?

Einfach neu....

Posted by SebastianSchlemmer on 4 July 2014 in German (Deutsch)

Als Spieler von bin ich überhaupt auf die Idee gekommen hier bei OSM mitzumachen. Fehlten mir doch bei einigen Einsätzen die Hausnummern oder gar die Gebäude, die das Programm für den Spieler auswirft bzw. aussucht. Inzwischen haben sich meine Künste im mappen verbessert und ich habe schon einen ganzen Teil meines alten Heimatortes (siehe Karte) bei OSM im Detail erfasst. Und es wird weiter gehen! :-)

Ich finde es sehr schön, dass man auf speichern drückt und in den kommenden Stunden werden die Früchte der eigenen Arbeit langsam sichtbar. Was eine klasse Hilfe ist, sind die ganzen Einträge in das Wiki zu OSM und/oder die Blog-Einträge mit weiteren Informationen für einen (neuen) Mapper. Dafür möchte ich einfach mal DANKE sagen!

Ich wünsche allen nun ein schönes und sonniges Wetter! :-)

Location: Graulingen, Suderburg, Samtgemeinde Suderburg, Landkreis Uelzen, Niedersachsen, Deutschland

Llambí Campbell, Santa fe, Argentina

Posted by VictorPighin on 4 July 2014 in Spanish (Español)

Sobre trazado previo, agrego nombres y características de calles. Puntos de Interes. Caminos rurales.

Location: Almirante Brown, Llambí Campbell, Departamento La Capital, Santa Fe, Argentina

Armadilliidum nasatum

Posted by gipomontesanto on 4 July 2014 in Italian (Italiano)

15 giugno 2014

Location: San Iacopo, Vicopisano, PI, TOS, Italia
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