Taking private notes on a survey with OsmAnd and processing them with JOSM is a breeze. Here’s how.
With this workflow you’re able to enter geo-referenced text while surveying and copy-paste it in
JOSM. I do this to i.a. enter opening hours on the go.
tl;dr: Create quick actions in OsmAnd to create notes. Don’t upload, but export the notes as GPX. Open in JOSM,
convert to data layer. Remove a note node when it’s done. Remove all notes in OsmAnd.
If you don’t choose to upload your notes, they stay private.
To save typing on things you add a lot, also add one-click quick actions for them. (Create a
quick action like before, but switch interim dialog to off, and fill in a message.) I have those
set up for bicycle parkings with the standard capacities that can be found all around Ghent: 5, 10
and 15. For non-standard parkings I can still create a manual note.
When you download data, make sure to do it in the data layer, and not in the todo layer!
It’s fast and easy: main menu → My places → OSM edits → trash icon → check the checkbox at the top. All notes are now selected. If you confirm the deletion, your map is clean again.
You can do the exact same workflow using favourites instead of notes. This has certain advantages:
For me those are outweighed by the disadvantages:
So I use the notes approach, though I do keep my “to survey if nearby” notes in a dedicated favourite category.
Shout out to Pieter whose diary post inspired the first part of this one! Thanks to s8evq for pointing out the alternative with favourites.