DaCor has commented on the following diary entries
|How large are our national contributor communities and how are they developing?||5 days ago||
@woodpeck I understand that view however i disagree with it. I think time has proven that sitting back and waiting for things to happen is the worst possible way to growth.
OSM is what, 11 years old now, and has 2-4 registered local chapters, maybe 2-3 dozen other active "communities" and the rest are loners who happen to live within the same boundaries.
Don't misunderstand me, I'm not talking about kickstarting in the fashion you suggest however without providing some means of enabling local communities to connect inside OSM at a regional or national level, you are losing out on those folks who want to get together and connect simply because they don't have the means to find others.
In all seriousness, get someone who has never edited OSM before to sit down and create an account on the site and ask them to try connect with the local community. Its not possible. You have to leave the site, go to Google, end up in the wiki and go to an external site, find another means to connect e.g. facebook or other and possibly install software (IRC).
As I said, I am not talking about kick starting in the manner you suggest, I am talking about making it easier for people who want to connect, to actually connect. The rest, as you say will happen naturally, but there are smart "hands-off" things that can be done to facilitate that development.
|How large are our national contributor communities and how are they developing?||6 days ago||
Personally, I would be a lot less focused on where there are active communities and more concerned with where there is little to no mapping going on, notwithstanding access to the internet or population
OSM, as a whole does a pretty poor job of helping to develop local communities.
|A Mapper in the Spotlight: Dave Corley (Ireland)||10 days ago||
Thanks @malenki Glad you enjoyed it
|bot user accounts||23 days ago||
At the very least a captcha?
|LPS(OSNI) Release Northern Irelands townlands under OGL||about 2 months ago||
|Harry Wood admin abuse. Do we need him as admin at wiki???||2 months ago||
@d1g First off, personal attacks are unnecessary. Your criticism of Harry is way off the mark.
I do not know you personally, but I know of you, or rather your alternate nick. I'm fully aware of why you were banned. Thats not a good thing. What I mean is, you are known to a large amount of people in OSM for all the wrong reasons.
Your edits were indeed useful and welcome (for the most part), however your attitude in dealing with others, as can be clearly seen by your reaction to each reply on this page, was, at best, abrasive, at worst, abusive.
If you were able to control your temper I would have no doubt you would be a massively useful member of the community, you clearly have a lot of energy and enthusiasm but you need to be able to work with people.
At the end of the day, OSM is a project of global collaboration. Part of collaboration is compromising with others. If you can not learn to collaborate then I don't see a future for you here which would be sad
|Mapeando com o osmtracker||3 months ago||
@Nighto I'm not sure if I understand correctly, but if you go to preferences in JOSM, there is an option to "Draw Direction Arrows" under Display Settings which will help you identify if a voice note refers to the left or right
|Daily MAPS.ME data updates||3 months ago||
This is fantastic. I recommend this app to loads of folks regularly.
One way of folding the daily updates into the app could be to maintain the monthly updates as is, but offer a daily diff with the most recent monthly update as the start point so if you wanted to add a daily update on say, the 7th of the month, you are only downloading 7 days worth of changes
Again, great app, love whats being done with it and looking forward to seeing whats to come
|Grass&Green is a new tool pointing to crucial issue and need your support||3 months ago||
locking the zoom on the imagery layer kind of defeats the purpose. Users should be able to zoom in and perform a closer inspection
|Mapping turn lanes in OpensStreetMap||4 months ago||
Just a side note, there would likely be a far larger adoption if the plugin could be configured for left hand driving
|Mapping turn lanes in OpensStreetMap||4 months ago||
Given one option is used on a more wide basis, it seems that should be the default, as normally happens with tagging in OSM
However, this plugin makes the other option massively appealing. Seriously, it would be childs play to map a complex junction with something like this.
The obvious solution would be to depreciate the plugin and develop a new one with the turn:lanes tagging instead.
That way you get:
As to how this could be done in reality, the navigation reliant companies (Scout, Maps.me, OSMand etc) should come together and split the costs of development as something like this would benefit them the most. What I mean is, this is pretty specialized mapping for general users and not likely to be high on the list of things to be mapped
|Starting up again||4 months ago||
Something else you can do, if your photos have geo exif data, upload them to Mapilly.com too so others can make use of them
|Microtasking from Disaster Mappers - help needed||4 months ago||
This is great, a guy in IRC, POVaddict was his name I think, did something like this previously for Mali mapping or DRC mapping about 1-2 years ago. Covered a massive area in a very short period.
I did a blast of tiles but one thing I noticed, the controls say you can zoom/move the imagery but I didnt find this to be the case, rather it was just static images. Its not an issue if thats what they are supposed to be, but maybe remove that instruction if thats the case as it could lead to confusion / frustration for others
|Mapillary||5 months ago||
Have you any tips for sorting through your virb images?
I have a folder with about 70k images that need to be sorted into acceptable Vs unacceptable images and broken into sequences
As you can imagine its quite a task and over the summer I'll have over 100k more images coming to me from the virb (I lend it out to people to capture images for me) so any tips would be appreciated
|OSMAnd+ for my too-Smartphone||5 months ago||
You should also check out the Mapillary app too. Its easy to use and you could collect thousands of images that could be used by many others, all with very little effort on your part
|Belgian Mapper of the Month: Escada||5 months ago||
|GSoC'15 Project update||5 months ago||
This is great work on a badly needed feature, nice work
|Tasking manager for field data||6 months ago||
What you outline is like a cross between Field Papers and Mapcraft with the best of both (and something else) mixed in
Thats the high level overview, buts its definetly possible to do what you are talking about using tools like that. Adding links to other sources, as you mentioned, is also easy to do.
|Adding lake names to Ireland||6 months ago||
super useful, cheers!
|Sneak Preview of the Next Vespucci Release||6 months ago||
I look forward to trying it out