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OSM Analytics launched!

Posted by dekstop on 7 May 2016 in English (English)

A few months ago I posted a draft specification for an OSM quality assurance tool. The first beta for the project was launched last week, it is now called OSM Analytics. Cristiano Giovando posted an announcement on the HOT blog.

OSM Analytics

The code for frontend and backend is on Github; it’s a very nice Javascript codebase, making use of many existing OSM frameworks and infrastructure pieces. We welcome your bug reports and pull requests!

I also gave a brief introduction to the tool and its uses at the most recent Missing Maps mapathon in London, there’s a recording by the BRC maps team on YouTube. Unfortunately we had wifi problems at the venue, so it’s not a very fluid presentation, but Chris Glithero took care to edit out the gaps so it’s still a decent flow.

Comment from maxerickson on 7 May 2016 at 13:55

Are there any plans to try to include estimates of edit quality in the assessment of mappers?

I think it is somewhat reasonable to assume that people that do more mapping will improve over time, but it’s a little concerning that things like gamification and representations of quality might be based strictly on volume.

Comment from dekstop on 7 May 2016 at 23:43

Max, have a look at the draft spec I linked to – mapping experience is indeed merely a first measure because it is easy to compute. As you suggest, there’s loads more that could be done that more directly relates to map data quality.

Comment from Harry Wood on 9 May 2016 at 00:53

Sorry I missed the missing maps event. Good to be able to catch up with a video!

So I was just trying out the tool and bit more, while at the same time making a wiki page for ‘OSM Analytics’ …and the screenshot is “Image of the week”.

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