OpenStreetMap

gpx not accepted - again

Posted by jan_olieslagers on 24 January 2011 in English (English)

close on one year later:

I meanwhile got my scripts to produce data that were accepted and included. But my last uploads failed again - with no kind of explanation or error message. I am getting much fed up with OpenStreetMap, I put a good deal of time and effort and fuel into it. Of course there may be reasons for things going wrong, it might well be my own fault - but to get one's hard effort rejected without any explanation or suggestion is frustrating, to say the least. I am waiting for either my uploads to appear, or someone to offer help in debugging the problem. Till then, end of my efforts - I've better things to do, and can find better respect for my effort.

Location: Westerlo, Turnhout, Antwerp, Flanders, Belgium

Comment from z-dude on 24 January 2011 at 20:07

I agree. It's frustrating. I had backed up my paths on the bikely website, and the backed up gpx traces weren't compatible with the OSM site (something about not having timestamps or something)
The link that came with gpx failures
http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/GPX_Import_Failures#Why_didn.27t_my_GPX_file_upload_properly.3F is a technical read.

Myself, I don't understand why OSM requires timestamps in gpx files, but then allows the user to strip that out later on when making it public.

Comment from chriscf on 24 January 2011 at 21:39

Wild guess: allows the paging code to present the most recent tracks first, even if they were uploaded out of order.

Comment from jan_olieslagers on 24 January 2011 at 22:16

The really bad thing is to even not know what is missing. I could perfectly live with no upload, and getting a clear explanation as to why. To upload in good faith and then just sit and wait till eternity without even being worth an explanation is really too bad.

It's certainly NOT the timestamps that are missing, by the way, and the reason why they are required is explained somewhere but you'll have to find it.

Comment from Tractor on 24 January 2011 at 23:25

Upload seems to be working again; at least for me.

Comment from vivek yadav on 25 January 2011 at 09:49

Time stamps are required in Uploaded gps data, as it ensures (to an extent) that the data being uploaded was originated from a gps logger/device and not directly drawn or created by a gpx file editing, also its a useful data for calculation of speed on that highway, although i'm not sure if its used for setting avg speed data on roads.

Comment from onion on 25 January 2011 at 13:11

JOSM can display the speed from gpx files with different colors.

Comment from jan_olieslagers on 25 January 2011 at 17:27

Well something MUST have been wrong but I still don't know what. All the same, I am indebted to TomH for sorting it out. He even promises a solution for the lack of error reporting "in due time". I suppose I'll do more uploads "in due time", too.

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