My workflow method...

Posted by bob3bob3 on 4 April 2021 in English (English).

5th April 2021

As I tour around Australia I both capture street images for Mapillary, plus do online OSM editing. I don’t have a fixed address, so all my work is done mobile.

Mobile Internet access is quite expensive here, so the daily take of between 8 and 20 Gbytes is saved to a portable USB drive and another mapper kindly uploads 500-1500 GBytes for me at a time. This of course can delay online imagery by 3-4 months as I have to mail or take the drive to the upload location.

The same imagery (downrated to 1FPS) I take on a daily basis is locally geo-encoded and viewed at perhaps 10FPS - 8,000-15,000 per day. Those of interest (100-200) I save to a FIFO directory and periodically run a gpscorrelate job to dump lat/lon to a text file. This text file is then used to cut/paste into the OSM ID editor search/location fiel. Each completed image is moved to a “done” directory and the co-ordinate cut from the text file makes it easy to know which is next.

I correlate the overhead Bing/DCS/Mapbox etc view with ground level ones to make map changes.

I tried launching OSM/ID from Viking or the image directly but it always created a new browser instance.

Comment from robbieonsea on 6 April 2021 at 21:01

Regarding Viking usage you can override the built in default browser opening mechanism (I’m assuming you’re using a Linux version since you’re using gpscorrelate) as follows

  1. When Viking is not running edit your ~/viking.ini file to add this configuration option: use_env_browser=true

  2. Set an environment variable ‘BROWSER’ to something like ‘firefox –new-tab’.

  3. Run viking, which should then use this $BROWSER value to launch web things.

You can even have quite a complicated BROWSER string, e.g. for me I can make it run a specific version of Firefox with a specific profile, such as on the command line:

BROWSER="/home/rob/Downloads/firefox/firefox -P 'Nightly' --new-tab" viking


PS Unfortunately this is currently not mentioned in the Viking manual.

Comment from bob3bob3 on 8 April 2021 at 08:43

Hi and thanks for your comments.

In an effort to streamline things I had started by clicking on the imagery on top of the Viking map. It seems though that my current method of scrolling through the images with Geeqie is better/faster than Viking. I can see the image full screen in another workspace.

If anything launching the browser session from Geeqie is a the more desirable thing. I could certainly construct a URL for that, but pushing the lat/lon into an existing session would be more useful. That I don’t know how to do!

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