OpenStreetMap

cities for everyone

Posted by Davidgogishvili on 21 September 2011 in English (English).

I think the good city is a place which is open to everyone... right? Sort of space which "includes" everyone and can be utilized by every person from public...

However, it does not always happen that way... for example people using wheelchairs cannot access part or big part of spaces that is meant at least officially to be public. One of the ways of changing that, I think, is to show to people that this place is not inclusive, it excludes certain people...  maybe even put it on a map? Wheelmap.org is something like that.

"Wheelmap is a map for wheelchair accessible locations. On wheelmap.org you can find out if a location is accessible or not and are also be able to tag locations yourself."

Though the project was launched in Germany, it is a global project. It is not just about Germany but the whole world. Users from all over the world can go to the website, find POIs (points of interest) on the OpenStreetMap map and tick if the place is accessible for wheelchair users or not, maybe partially accessible or fully accessible. Collecting data from crowd-sourcing brings together great dataset for the countries around the world (there are very few points in Georgia that contain info unfortunately).

yeah, i think it is the great tool... sort of advocacy towards the inclusiveness and openness of urban space.

p.s. you can download the application for your smartphone and contribute this way as well.

Comment from stephan75 on 21 September 2011 at 19:13

In general a nice idea, BUT:

There is one very nasty glitch in wheelmap'd database: they do NOT pay attention to POIs that are mapped as buildings and not only as a node.

So there are often double entries because wheelmap-users think that POI is not mapped in the data.

This issue is known to the maintainers of wheelmap for many many month now, but it seems that they are not able or cannot find appropriate help to solve this issue.

But it has to besolved soon, I Think.

There are already some OSMers who think to exclude wheelmap.org from adding OSM data via wheelmap's website.

Comment from Davidgogishvili on 21 September 2011 at 20:19

olejorgenb. i don't get what garbled means :)

stephan75: i think it is important to start and all this bugs and etc will be solved from time to time

Comment from Zartbitter on 22 September 2011 at 10:21

Wheelmap is around for about one and a half year now. The bug about ignoring POIs mapped as areas is known nearly from the beginning. This issue should be solved soon, because wheelmap is a very beneficial tool. But it is useless if this bug annoys all the mappers, who have to clean up duplicated nodes over and over again.

Comment from srbrook on 22 September 2011 at 11:05

Could the wheelmap_visitor changesets be made smaller, or even (considering the way data is collected) one node per changeset? - I find it is impossible as a local user to review changesets that have hundreds of nodes and cover half the globe for local changes.

Comment from marscot on 22 September 2011 at 13:43

wheelmap is great and should be used, get POI bug fixed and it would be even better, the extra poi need to be stopped.


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