What to do this weekend?

Posted by NZGraham on 6 June 2014 in English (English)

How about looking at KeepRight and correcting anomalies in your area?

Open KeepRight and zoom in to your local area (or further away if you need a reason to visit somewhere different). See all those little coloured lightning flashes? They need to be checked and the map updated. Click on any flash to get detailed information about the problem.

You can select specific types of 'errors' by checking/unchecking the boxes to the left of the map. Some particularly useful corrections are:- 1. "Highway=road" Can you update the classification of this highway? 2. "Almost junctions" Do they actually connect? 3. "Floating islands/ways not connected to the rest of the map" Are there connections or do the ways really exist in isolation?

The points you are interested in can be exported as GPX waypoints for loading to your GPS unit by clicking on the 'blue GPX' at the very bottom left of the screen.

When you return after checking the sites do any required editing on OSM. A useful description of the editing could be something like "Correcting KeepRight alerts" with source shown as "Surveyed today" One final step (helpful though not essential) is to update the KeepRight page. Click on the flashes you have resolved and check the "ignore temporarily (error corrected)" box. That will place a smiley face on the flash and save other mappers from unnecessary work. KeepRight is updated roughly weekly so, even if you don't mark an error as having been resolved, the site will remove the error on the next scheduled update.

Have fun!

Comment from CloCkWeRX on 6 June 2014 at 02:27

I like best the fact you can get an RSS feed to catch new errors after you've fixed an area.

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Comment from BlueTiger on 6 June 2014 at 11:43

Thanks for the write up. I used to use keepright site earlier. At one point of time the "Edit in JOSM" option stopped working and I switched to QAT Script ( and started using Keep Right from the QA Tools :) I never knew about exporting the data as GPX from keep right. Did a quick check and seems to be useful.

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Comment from Hendric Stattmann on 7 June 2014 at 08:44

Thanks also from me for this suggestion. I am actually a big fan of KeepRight and I fixed quite a number of occurrences in my region. I would like to see an integration of the KeepRight checking algorithm with the "report error" function in the basic OSM webpage. Just like they integrated OpenStreetBugs earlier.

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