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Interesting GPS camera development

Posted by daveemtb on 11 January 2010 in English (English)

Thought this might be of interest to other OSMers, for photo mapping:

Problem with diary entry comments?

Posted by daveemtb on 11 January 2010 in English (English)

It seems to me that something is wrong with the diary system. When you look down the list of recent diary entries you can see there are comments on some entries, but when you open the entries, the comments aren't visible. Older entries don't seem to have this problem.

Anyone got any ideas? (Though I suppose if you post here it may not be readable!!) Feel free to test replies on this post though.

UK postcode data to be freed, and some other OS data?

Posted by daveemtb on 9 December 2009 in English (English)

Saw this article on the BBC earlier:

I wonder what will be released, when, and with what license?

I've put this on the wiki news section as it's pretty big news for OSM in the UK I think.

Nearmap tracing on Rottnest Island

Posted by daveemtb on 30 November 2009 in English (English)

It's crazy how much detail you can add using Rottnest Island. I had a go at doing some tracing and micromapping there this evening. This quality of photos cover lots of Australian cities, but I went for this Island as it could really make quite a showcase piece.

Location: Kingstown, Western Australia, Australia

New housing developments mapped before Teleatlas and Navteq

Posted by daveemtb on 16 November 2009 in English (English)

This housing development was recently mapped on OSM, within a month or two of completion. It is still years out of date in Google maps' Teleatlas data:,-0.17503&spn=0.005099,0.009624&z=17

Or, Yahoo's Navteq data:

The same goes for another development (half completed on the ground),-0.147221&spn=0.005099,0.009624&z=17

Clarification on the status of the A272

Posted by daveemtb on 7 September 2009 in English (English)

Having travelled part of the A272 recently and found the signs to be a confusing mix of green-signed and white-backed signs, I emailed West Sussex County Council's highways department. They have clarified that the entire A272 currently has primary route status, although there have been changes in the past and there may be changes in future.

However, it isn't clear whether this applied to the sections of the A272 outside of West Sussex. I suspect either end of the road may be non-primary.

I must remember to tag the West Sussex section accordingly. People keep swapping it around as they see various signs in either background colour. Any suggestions on a good tag to indicate authoritative source? I'm currently thinking source:ref=WSCC highways dept, perhaps followed by a link to this diary post.

Location: Shipley, Horsham, West Sussex, South East, England, United Kingdom

Just discovered "Keep right" - great error checking tool

Posted by daveemtb on 28 August 2009 in English (English)

I just spotted the "keep right" link in the wiki page for my town, and found that it's a great error checking tool. It helped me fix up a lot of small errors in my area.

For anyone who wants something to do, there are lots of highways that haven't been joined properly in this area:

(oh and when it complains about waterways intersecting rivers, they should be on different layers - don't add an intersecting node!)

Location: Salfords and Sidlow, Reigate and Banstead, Surrey, South East, England, United Kingdom

Crawley complete, time for a break.

Posted by daveemtb on 31 July 2009 in English (English)

Now that I've reached my goal of completing the roads in Crawley, which has taken me over 18 months, I'm planning to take a break from OSM contributing, as I'm getting too busy for it at the moment and have other projects I'd like to spend more time on.

There is plenty more that could be done in terms of addressing and residential building tracing, but I've lost motivation for that.

I'll probably contribute the odd bit here and there, and upload traces when I go somewhere unmapped.

Maybe come winter i'll have a bit more time for OSM. Horsham and Southwater need finishing some time...

So... signing out for now.

Location: County Mall, Crawley, West Sussex, South East, England, United Kingdom

A little village in Norfolk, UK

Posted by daveemtb on 21 July 2009 in English (English)

As I was on holiday, I mapped a small village in Norfolk where I was staying.

Norfolk needs a lot of work!

Location: Weybourne, North Norfolk, Norfolk, East of England, England, United Kingdom

Lack of MSIE 6.0 support impeding mapping progress

Posted by daveemtb on 26 June 2009 in English (English)

Sigh, my work IT system is still stuck on MSIE 6, and isn't likely to move on any time soon, so now that the home page doesn't work with such an awful browser, I can't access any noname map (let alone an up to date one!) to plan my route home to pick up missing streets any more. :(

Noname layer frustrations

Posted by daveemtb on 12 June 2009 in English (English)

I've been waiting all week for the Nonames layer to be updated, only to find that it's been updated with data that's about a week out of date!

This is making collecting the last few road names in my town very tricky! :(

If only the minutely one was working since API 0.6. :(

Plodding on towards my goal

Posted by daveemtb on 9 June 2009 in English (English)

I'm slowly but surely working towards completing the roads in Crawley. There are missing road names dotted around, a mixture of traced areas I haven't visited yet, and names that got missed when mapping previously, sometimes the voice recording wasn't clear enough to make out.

This kind of mapping isn't nearly so satisfying, especially when there is no nonames layer that updates more often than once a week.

Still, I'll try to keep pluggin away at it, until I can say that Crawley is complete (for roads, anyway, there are millions of footways in some of the areas, which I have no intention of mapping!), which should be satisfying.

Then I'll probably take a break from mapping for a bit (except for a small un-mapped village in North Norfolk that I'll be visiting this summer) as I have some other projects I'd like to spend more time on for a while.

Location: Southgate, West Sussex, South East, England, RH11 8TE, United Kingdom

Yahoo tracing in Sussex, UK

Posted by daveemtb on 26 May 2009 in English (English)

Have done a bunch of this today, mainly round Hurstpeirpoint. I got a bit carried away with natural=tree :D

Location: Hustpierpoint, Hurstpierpoint and Sayers Common, Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex, South East, England, BN6, United Kingdom

Desperation with dumb tracers

Posted by daveemtb on 23 May 2009 in English (English)

Argh! After putting this junction right twice I've had to take desperate measures. (see map location and click edit)

I wish yahoo tracers wouldn't assume that other mappers are wrong when they haven't been to a location recently themselves. This roundabout was changed to a big crossroads more than a year ago!


Location: Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales, United Kingdom

Spotted a missing settlement of 10,000 people

Posted by daveemtb on 19 May 2009 in English (English)

I was surprised to spot a large village with a population of more than 10,000 people totally absent from West Sussex on OSM - not a sign there was mapping needed there.

I've filled in the residential landuse and the lakes from Landsat, in the hopes it may inspire some mapping. Maybe at some point I'll get down there myself.

Location: Southwater, Horsham, West Sussex, South East, England, United Kingdom

Google to extent street view to footpaths in the UK using pedal trikes

Posted by daveemtb on 18 May 2009 in English (English),39029552,49302292-1,00.htm

This begs the question - since when were you allowed to cycle on footpaths in the UK?!

I can forsee angry mobs with pitchforks already... and there's no car to hide in!

Frustrations with photo mapping

Posted by daveemtb on 12 May 2009 in English (English)

I haven't done any photo mapping for a long time, but took some photos on a recent journey, planning to fill in some street names by referencing to the GPX.

Unfortunately I can't seem to get Agpifoj working. The documentation on the wiki doesn't cover the essentials, and I get stupid erros claiming that none of the photos match. I tried to reinstall the plugin, but now my JOSM installation has got totally messed up. I tried clearing out the .JOSM folder (i'm on a mac now) and downloading the JOSM .jar file again, but now it comes up with a blank list of plugins. :( I can install the plugin manually by placing the jar file in the .JOSM folder but it still doesn't work, even with no other plugins.

The times in the GPX file match up perfectly with the timestamps on the photos.

This is doing my head in! :(

Anyone got any suggestions?

I say bring back the old geotagged photo plugin! :(

GPX upload

Posted by daveemtb on 8 May 2009 in English (English)

Just finished uploading a whole stack of GPX files, after manually removing the point clouds from around my house and place of work. I really wish someone would write a neat app that could bulk process GPX files to do this, with a GUI. The ones I made public were just a small part of what I uploaded - 66 files.

Silloth and NPE tracing in the North of Cumbria

Posted by daveemtb on 23 April 2009 in English (English)

During a recent visit to Silloth, I mapped most of the town. There are still several roads remaining round the edges, though, as my time was limited.

Also mapped a few roads in Maryport but much more work is needed.

I have also done quite a lot of NPE tracing in the area between Maryport, Silloth and Carlisle. I've been marking roads as highway=road. There's quite a bit more tracing work to do to join up with the area to the south of Cockermouth which has already been done.

Location: Silloth-on-Solway, Allerdale, Cumbria, North West England, England, United Kingdom

Road names in Crawley and Horsham

Posted by daveemtb on 23 April 2009 in English (English)

I've mapped a load of the missing road names in Horsham and Crawley, but there are still lots to go. I have a few that I have collected but not uploaded yet. I wonder when I'll be able to finish all roads in these two towns?

Location: Colgate, Horsham, West Sussex, South East, England, United Kingdom