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CloCkWeRX has commented on the following diary entries

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Clean up the "fixme's" around you! 6 days ago

Pretty snazzy

App wanted: Collect opening hours by place automatically, and easier user notes 14 days ago

Active mapping is fine, but passive mapping is better quality and a lot easier for inexperienced contributors. For example, look at mapillary - turn on your phone and walk, and you capture a lot of data that is much more useful for experienced mappers to draw on. We get street signs from image recognition.

Another good example of passive mapping - strava users don't know a thing about how to upload a GPX track or OSM tagging schema in general, but generate great quality heatmaps that can be turned into mappable features.

You can do the same with opening hours based on user location. You can gather data by hooking into people sharing their location with friends, and opting to make that available to OSM for mapping purposes.

Is it going to be 100% accurate? Probably not - but we already see commercial vendors (foursquare, google, etc) taking user locations for these purposes - there is value there.

Would I prefer open tools that let me do the same as them, but with more control of the data I share? Absolutely.

Over 2000 Schools mapped 21 days ago

Its worth it - great tool

WHAT IF? 28 days ago

https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Osmose helps a lot to find mistakes, intentional or not. Changeset discussions also tend to bring many eyeballs to a particular area.

http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Detect_Vandalism covers this area in more detail

FacilMap 2 has been released about 2 months ago

The directions icon isn't super obvious - could use a title attribute :)

Tools I wish I had: smarter paved vs unpaved road defaults. 2 months ago

@Warin61, yes but right now the majority of roads default to paved when they are not, unless a mapper takes extra steps in certain areas.

If a routing engine sends you on unpaved, non compacted roads because it assumed they were sealed... that can be particularly unsettling with some modes of transport.

Of course local knowledge works best... but right now the implied default is often the wrong thing; so an easy way to make things explicit would be more useful than not.

"Welcome-to-new-mappers" program in the Netherlands comes to an end. 4 months ago

Roughly what timeframe was between first edit and contact?

It would be interesting to see if a welcome message several days after encouraged user stickyness.

Alternatively, one that was sent to users during working hours (just prior to lunch, say, when they are likely to get up and be mobile) pointing them at mapillary or similar.

Either way, thanks for the hard work even if the results don't seem to have born out immediately

1 million buildings in Los Angeles 5 months ago

Nevermind, I see thats what you used from http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Los_angeles,_California/Buildings_Import#Tag_used

1 million buildings in Los Angeles 5 months ago

start_date might be a bit better than year_built, though a lot less intuitive (http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:start_date)

Unrendered elements 6 months ago

So, if you'd like to see them in the main map you can raise a feature request on https://github.com/gravitystorm/openstreetmap-carto

In general; you want to: * Explain why it's important or what use cases it supports * Try to give a reasonable estimate as to how useful it is * Be sure to check for any existing topics of conversation

The default answer might be 'no'; however there are a lot of other renderings that might wish to focus on it - or even you can roll your own.

Mapping my hometown Gudivada 6 months ago

Nicely done!

Reporting Spam (or not) 6 months ago

It is frustrating :/

https://github.com/openstreetmap/openstreetmap-website/issues/841

Adding sport= tags to leisure=pitch. 7 months ago

Did a bit of work in SA some time ago; but it can get really messy with dual sport areas (ie: schools that have tenis courts that double as netball or basketball courts). Are you finding many of those?

Nonsense values of shop= key 8 months ago

You realise the key shop in the OSM sense is more describing a physical thing that can be looked at, verified on the ground, and classified to a general type, not what a thing does in extreme detail, though don't you?

A structure or area identifiable as a supermarket or mall is perfectly valid, and has its own name. It's a lot better than just building=yes.

Other schema tackles the "business" problem - https://schema.org/Store for example. Not much of that is really applicable to OSM - we'd never want to map online-only stores, reviews, etc; but it doesn't change the usefulness of that data living somewhere else.

You'll notice that even in the wiki examples that is describes product values as really broad "focus"; as opposed to listing an entire product inventory down to the last items and stock levels.

I do find it ironic you are apparently unhappy with sweeping generalisations in tagging schema; but are ready to dismiss the observed behaviour of a heck of a lot of mappers "because they have limited experience".

MAPS.ME is now an editor 8 months ago

So question two: what are the chances of foursquare like Q&A prompt UI as a followon; with a bit more understanding of certain venues (bars, restaurants, hotels, etc)? OpenGeoQuestions is there, but it doesn't necessarily seem to have the same userbase.

More: http://www.openstreetmap.org/user/CloCkWeRX/diary/35873

MAPS.ME is now an editor 8 months ago

So question two: what are the chances of foursquare like Q&A prompt UI as a followon; with a bit more understanding of certain venues (bars, restaurants, hotels, etc)? OpenGeoQuestions is there, but it doesn't necessarily seem to have the same userbase.

More: http://www.openstreetmap.org/user/CloCkWeRX/diary/35873

MAPS.ME is now an editor 8 months ago

Opening hours editor on mobile, WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooooooo.

Game on, Vespucci :P

Improve OSM no Brasil 9 months ago

I've had a really good run with Strava's heatmaps and routing errors as well: it'd be great if improve-osm could render those tiles or use Slide!

Whats in the pipeline for the next Vespucci release? 11 months ago

Awwww yis.

Non-searchable = Non-existent 12 months ago

https://github.com/openstreetmap/openstreetmap-website/pull/173 would have been a simple, effective solution for this; but basically stalled entirely.