Beginning the mapping of Phoenixville, PA

Posted by GreyTK on 2 March 2017 in English (English)

I've been a member of the OSM community for several months with sporadic contributions to the map. Now the time has come for me to get serious about improving my area's representation and honing my mapping skills with a little project of my own. My goal is simple: put every business in Phoenixville, PA on the map. It's not my home town, but I spend a lot of time and do most of my business there.

The data for my most recent changeset comes from a GPS trace that I made on a whim a few days ago. I took pictures of the store fronts, but the app that I'm using doesn't seem to link pictures to coordinates. Learning as I go.

Location: Cromby, Chester County, Pennsylvania, 19460, USA

Comment from Glassman on 2 March 2017 at 07:39

You might try OSMTracker for android, not sure if there is an iOS version. The app allows you to take pictures or short audio recordings which can be geolocated to the gps trace.

I just take pictures while walking, trying to keep them in order and making sure to get the address/unit number as well as the business name. Then I just use them for reference to add to OSM.

Good luck, Clifford

Comment from Alan Bragg on 2 March 2017 at 14:25

I'm using Vespucci for android. It allows me to take pictures and create a track. I can also make all my edits using the app. This is important because I'm traveling in areas where there's no cellular coverage.

Comment from joost schouppe on 13 April 2017 at 06:27

Osmand has quite a few features to collect info on the go to (add POIs, add Notes, but also collect pictures and soundbits). But if you want to collect as much info as possible, OSMTracker is great. Vespucci is great if you want to do most of your edits live in the field.

Personally, I use Mapillary a lot for collecting information. That way, your pictures are available to any mapper, not just yourself. You can access them directly in iD and JOSM. And they even detect traffic signs automatically (available by default in iD).

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