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OS OpenData Street View in JOSM

Posted by Kevin Steinhardt on 1 September 2010 in English (English).

I know this sounds like a random thing to ask but... does anyone know how to get the Street Views tiles working in JOSM, as (let's say) a WMS layer? I tried with what I thought was the URL and appropriate syntax, but I got 'Exception occured's all over the screen.

London Cycle Superhighways

Posted by Kevin Steinhardt on 22 July 2010 in English (English).

I trust the (London) Cycle Superhighways are being relation'd soon or sooner than that. Who's coordinating the relationing?; will they be lcns or rcns?

7th Series maps, sheets 189 and 190

Posted by Kevin Steinhardt on 26 March 2010 in English (English).

Guess what I found in me shed? Two 2 1/2" Provincials and a couple of 7th Series maps: the latter would, I guess, be the most helpful. Sheets 190 and 189 (of Cornish location); published 1961, so they'd be out-of copyright next year perhaps. They're in an alright condition: alright for from sixty years ago, and living in numerous lofts and sheds. If anyone's interested in scanning and rectifying them (I would but I wouldn't know where to begin) in time for the copyright-outing, I'll be happy to send them somewhere.

JOSM can't do relations

Posted by Kevin Steinhardt on 23 February 2010 in English (English). all. Ever. It's completely useless at handling relations. I've now got two copies of a relation, with mostly the same ways and nodes... and the only way to get rid of one of them is to trawl through and unassign the relation from each way.

Screencast: basic tracing, from 7th Series

Posted by Kevin Steinhardt on 21 February 2010 in English (English).

Not sure how many of you User Diaries folk are beginners; it would seem like the kind of place more experienced users would come, but still. I've published a screencast over at -- just a basic affair of tracing streams, etc. from 7th Series tiles; quite basic stuff. I'm getting back into screencasting, and I haven't done one for several years; so... my presentation skills are much to be improved.

Edit summaries

Posted by Kevin Steinhardt on 10 January 2010 in English (English).

They do annoy me, especially in Potlatch. You can't change them; I'll forget what I've done in the first bit of the edit, then save it as something I think was the only thing I went there to do. (hmpfh)

Cambridge and the fact that I'm away from my Mac

Posted by Kevin Steinhardt on 26 December 2009 in English (English).

Just found a road atlas mentioning and showing off Sandy Lane, Cambridge. Nothing wrong with that -- although it is a road atlas from 1997, and the road isn't show as under construction as on OSM. Now: I've walked past both ends of Sandy Lane: it's unsurfaced and looks under construction, but this doesn't make sense. I'm not playing on the licencing issues here; I'm merely saying a road can't be under construction for 12/13 years.

Cycle parking: stand types and varieties

Posted by Kevin Steinhardt on 9 December 2009 in English (English).

Just wrote a half-proposal over on the wiki about cycle parking and tagging what stands are available (Sheffield, A-frame, anything really, etc.). Was thinking about putting wheelbenders down, but they're not stands; they're a bloody annoyance. Feedback on this would be much appreciated, with the URL being -- I had to shorten it; it was far too long.

Bloody farms

Posted by Kevin Steinhardt on 9 December 2009 in English (English).

I seriously need to stop tracing farms from Yahoo!. The weather here's being not too bad, but it's having some days; I don't really have time to go out and do any productive mapping -- my wiki userpage has a long-long list of things I could do, but I seem not to have the time. Maybe I'm just being selective. Anywhat: no more farms for you, Kevin. Stop with the bloody farms. There are too many in South Cambridgeshire; you'll overload the servers with farmland.


Posted by Kevin Steinhardt on 28 November 2009 in English (English).

Here goes: I would like to write a script or something, that finds cycle parking within a certain cordon that doesn't yet have a capacity=* tag -- as in I would like to locate capacity-less cycle stands, so I can survey and add a capacity to them, add a covered=yes/no tag, cctv=*, etc. I'm not sure how this API business works, so I'm hoping one of you can lead me to finding out how one would go about doing this, and what it would involve. Thanks muchly; here's waiting for a reply.

Regarding the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway

Posted by Kevin Steinhardt on 14 November 2009 in English (English).

The guided busway is more a BRT scheme than anything, and the specialist bus stops ('stations' in the words of council signage) are more light rapid transit stations than elsewhat. Would using some kind of LRT station tag for station nodes be ..umm...disrespectful to the fact that it's a ... bus?

URLs and footpath surveys

Posted by Kevin Steinhardt on 8 November 2009 in English (English).

I invite you to have a look at this screenshot (even though it's a picture, but still): these notes were made today -- 8th November -- on a survey of multiple footpaths, stretching numerous miles. My feet hurt a bit; my pen is low on ink somewhat.

Before I forget -- the screenshot URL:

iPhone Little OSM Editor (I guess that's what it stands for)

Posted by Kevin Steinhardt on 4 November 2009 in English (English).

I did leave a three-star review of iLOE on the App Store; I'd only tried to edit nodes (by which I mean nodes) when you can only really edit POIs (wayless nodes; by which they mean nodes). Found a bench on my commute, and I though: huh; could map this. Launched the application and it is just hideously complicated. Not even that: you can't add tags to new nodes. That renders it completely pointless; do hope another developer gets it together. Either that or I hope Cloudmade hurry up with Mapzen.

Fowlmere Nature Reserve

Posted by Kevin Steinhardt on 28 October 2009 in English (English).

I know it's not a hugely important part of the country, but I'd like to get it done soonish. Here are the main things that are bothering me, and what I'll have to survey when I have a free afternoon:
- the Spring hide (POI and the approach path)
- the bridge at the western end of the Short Cut
- the stream down the side of that track on the western boundary (way 43132397)
- the stream between the Short Cut bridge and that bridge near the N boundary; is this not the same stream as the NPE-traced one (way 31767482)?
- the pumping house/whatsit to the south of the reserve
- the 'footpath' diverging from node 528058950

Location: Mill Farm, Fowlmere, South Cambridgeshire, Cambridgeshire, East of England, England, SG8 6EZ, United Kingdom

That lagoon-y thing, RSPB Fowlmere

Posted by Kevin Steinhardt on 27 October 2009 in English (English).

I invite you to gander at this screenshot o' JOSM:

This wooded pond is being a right pain in the arse. That's all; just a pond. The GPX tracement can be seen in grey, along with my waypoint marker/whatsits.

Aerial photography

Posted by Kevin Steinhardt on 20 October 2009 in English (English).

God; we need some up-to-date aerial shots ... badly. Thinking of just going out there and taking some myself. Anyone know how much a microlight costs to hire?

Re: lcn tagging in Cambridge

Posted by Kevin Steinhardt on 17 October 2009 in English (English).

I've had an idea: you know the primary routes indicated by the blue signs through town: ...would these form the basis for a 'local cycle network' and thus justify use of the lcn tag? This would show up blue on Mapnik and could form part of a journey planner engine (even though there's no real reason for a replacement Cyclestreets). I welcome your replies.

Field in my shoes

Posted by Kevin Steinhardt on 13 October 2009 in English (English).

Walked home from Foxton station today; mapped four footpaths along an n-mile detour. I seem to have field in my shoes, though; I think they're beginning to fall apart from this surveying business.

We're making a map here

Posted by Kevin Steinhardt on 13 October 2009 in English (English).

Just a reminder to everyone: this is a mapping project, to produce a map. It is not a database to be filled with every conceivable piece of information that *could* be useful to someone who probably is not aware of the project whatsoever.

Lint and the railways

Posted by Kevin Steinhardt on 12 October 2009 in English (English).

Cambridge is not that bad, but it's a while away from lint-free. One problem in the area is the use of tracks=n on railways, which causes a lint warning to appear as the tracks key is inactive and has been abandoned; I'm considering removing the offending key--and if anyone has any objections to such an action, you know where to message me.