New imagery?

Posted by Mink on 25 July 2010 in English (English)

Okay, first of all, when I map on Openstreetmap, I solely use Potlatch and work off of the satellite imagery provided by Yahoo. I do not mess with uploading GPS traces or anything. Also,when I map on OSM, it's almost always in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul Metro area in Minnesota, USA. This is mainly because of the fact that I grew up there, and spent most of my life there, so I am really familiar with the area.

But right now I currently live in the Peoria, Illinois area. I would love to start working on the Peoria area, and start tidying up the freeways and streets, but I cannot due to the poor satellite image quality. It seems that Yahoo does not have high-resolution imagery for the area, but Google and Bing do.

Last September, I thought I remembered seeing something about OSM getting a license agreement with Google, so that we could use their satellite imagery in Potlatch. This would be great, and would open up a lot of opportunities for editing in Potlatch.

Anyway, I was wondering if anyone has heard anything about this, or if Google/OSM decided against this decision. All I know is that it would make things a lot easier for me, as well as thousands of others, if we had better imagery to work with in Potlatch.

Please let me know!! Thanks!

-Bradley Hahn

Location: Pekin Heights, Tazewell County, Illinois, 61554, USA

Comment from JohnSmith on 26 July 2010 at 00:24

The agreement was for Haiti imagery, not imagery in general.

Comment from JohnSmith on 26 July 2010 at 00:26

There is a few DIY projects for getting your own imagery, or if you have money to burn you can buy an off the shelf drone...

There is also a guy in Europe making drones for ~$1200

Comment from Minh Nguyen on 26 July 2010 at 03:59

Also, if you don’t mind eyeballing it a bit, it looks like the USGS produced Digital Map–Beta imagery of Illinois last year.

Comment from Paul Johnson on 26 July 2010 at 05:02

You might graduate to JOSM and take a look at the various WMS sources available from the USGS and the Navy.

Comment from Mink on 29 July 2010 at 00:15

Paul, I do occasionally use JOSM, but rarely; I don't like the setup as much as Potlatch. But I will check that out. Thanks.

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