Thank goodness I proofread my last entry, trimming it down before going to bed. I didn’t think people actually read diary entries. But this morning there are 4 new comments. Yay.
Thanks everyone! It makes the freezing bicycle trips with GPS and phone camera worthwhile. I have a recent Garmin etrex, and a Garmin Edge 200 as a backup. And an iPhone to check the extent that a site has been mapped.
Ten thoughts has a beginner:
- JOSM is worth learning.
- I need to learn about Presets and Relations (groan).
- Some plugins add several enhanced drawing tools.
- Looks like I’m starting at a time when there is a difference of ideas about licensing. Some parts of Canberra have been mapped by “decliners”—e.g. Garran (where The Canberra Hospital is). The map of Garran looks awesome, and it’s a pity it’ll need redoing soon.
- I wish the purge just happened, then maybe there’ll be a new wave of local openstreetmap action. A lot of locals must have GPS devices: bushwalking is a big activity here. And so is geocaching.
- JOSM and a trackpad: not easy
- JOSM and a Magic Mouse: harder than it needs to be. Use a 3rd party mouse.
- I’d love to add house numbers (interpolation I guess), but will only even think about that in spring.
- I also need to learn more of the JOSM keyboard shortcuts.
- I would love a Mac native JOSM. e.g. with the look-and-feel of Omnigraffle. But it’s the nature of open source wiki-type projects that that the tools are standardised, cross platform and utilitarian. Being a child of the 20th century (System 7), I’m actually amazed that apps of these sort work on the Mac—Java FTW.
- How many dentists can there be in one building?!