Maps.me is a mobile application that provides offline map service world wide and it uses OpenStreetMap. It also provides a provision to add POIs and building information. This means more eyes and contributors to OpenStreetMap. I played around with maps.me application for Android, these are some points that we should make note of:
- The UI is smooth and makes it easy to add POI’s on map.
- It’s a really good mobile editor.
- The app provides fields that will help the user add information about a POI/Buildings conveniently.
- The maps are updated only with the next release of the application, so the changes made by the user on OpenStreetMap will not be reflected until the next release of the application.
- The tags provided are limited, for example common tag like
- These maps are downloaded and saved offline, so the changes made are also saved locally and they get pushed automatically to OpenStreetMap once the user connects to the Internet.
- There is no pop-up stating that the data is being uploaded to OSM
- The app adds it’s own changeset comment (the user doesn’t have an option to add custom comment to the changes they make)
Adding a place using maps.me application
Issues that are concerning:
- Since the map is only updated with the new release of the application, there are possibilities of duplication of data.
- One can add POIs on top of another POIs. The application doesn’t caution users with a warning that data already exists.
- Many POIs were found to be in the middle of the road, this is probably due to gps variations.
poornibadrinath and I came across these changesets which has the
editor=maps.me, here are the observations:
- Marked a point in the middle of the road. Probably an issue while placing the point due to gps variations. - https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/%D8%AD%D9%85%DB%8C%D8%AF%D8%B1%D8%B6%D8%A7%DA%A9%D9%85%DB%8C%D9%84%DB%8C%D8%A7%D9%86/history#map=13/35.7344/51.4712
Feature requests, bugs and suggestions regarding this application can be reported in their github repository.