OpenStreetMap

Starting Out

Posted by FredrikC on 14 October 2020 in English (English)

Well, I’m not sure what the Diary feature is for. So I’m just going to list what I’m doing and what I accomplished in OpenStreetMap. After all, today marks my 100th edit to OSM.

I’m currently attempting to run my city (DeLand, FL, USA) and to walk the city in which I work (Daytona Beach, FL, USA). The activities automatically create a GPX trace on my watch, which is automatically imported in CityStrides. I’ve tried to create running routes using Garmin Connect in advance so that I don’t miss some of the roads.

What I discovered is that CityStrides uses OpenStreetMap to generate it’s road data, and that the data isn’t always correct. After CS announced that they were working on an update process to incorporate all of the changes and corrections on OSM into their site, I started making corrections to OSM.

Recently I’ve realized that OSM incorporates far more data than merely road and trails. So I’ve made a resolution to add/correct at least one thing per day in OSM. Since I’m always walking/running somewhere new, it shouldn’t be that hard.

Today’s lunch time walk in Daytona Beach added a prominent pawn shop, changed the name of a street to match the rest of the street, and added the building outline of a church that was already on OSM. A good day’s work.

Location: Daytona Beach, Volusia County, Florida, United States of America

Comment from Sanderd17 on 15 October 2020 at 08:40

Great job!

The US is really lacking local mappers that are able to survey the region. Thanks for your work.

Comment from PasqG on 15 October 2020 at 12:12

Awesome initiative, dude! I’ll try to keep around and maybe become a contributor myself! I’m gonna follow your Diary entries for inspiration haha! No pressure, though xD Thanks, btw!

Comment from Sanderd17 on 18 October 2020 at 08:25

PasqG, starting to edit is easy. Just remember something you did last week (grocery shopping, visiting something, …) go to the map there, and add that feature.

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