I reposted this story on my OpenStreetMap Diary. I think the diaries are a great asset to the OpenStreetMap community and they are not used as much as they should. I will try and post more of my OpenStreetMap-related stories there (as well). If you follow the blog at openstreetmap.us, you will have heard about … Continue reading The TIGER versus OpenStreetMap Battle Grid, improved!
Last weekend I was in Chicago for the second N-American OSM hack weekend of the year. This one, for me and Serge, was entirely dedicated to MapRoulette. We wanted to get the next generation code as close to ready as possible for release - and we got pretty close I think! Here's a summary of … Continue reading OpenStreetMap Chicago Hack Weekend Report
I am on my way back home from my first visit to Toronto, and my first ever visit to Canada – currently nursing a mild hangover with a Minnesota ale on a 4 hour layover in Minneapolis. All of this is connected to the second OpenStreetMap Hack Weekend in Toronto I was lucky enough to … Continue reading Looking back on a fantastic OpenStreetMap hack weekend in Toronto
OpenStreetMap user Zverik built something really cool a little while ago: a map showing you recent OpenStreetMap editing activity in your area: WHODIDIT. We used to have a similar service, OWL or the OpenStreetMap watchlist, but that service has been down for a while and which has been down for a long time but is currently … Continue reading Get notified about OpenStreetMap changes in your area – on your phone
When I presented the previous MapRoulette challenge, Zorro Ways, at State Of The Map US two weeks ago, I knew that it was not going to last us very long. There were only 2800 or so Zorro ways in the US, and those were fixed within days. MapRoulette has been sitting idle since, showing an … Continue reading New MapRoulette Challenge: Connectivity Bugs
The U.S. has binders full of TIGER deserts. Let me explain. Back in 2007, we imported TIGER/Line data from the U.S. Census into OpenStreetMap. TIGER/Line was and is pretty crappy geodata, never meant to make pretty maps with, let alone do frivolous things like routing. But we did it anyway, because it gave us more … Continue reading Binders Full Of TIGER Deserts
Here are my slides from my Remap-A-Tron talk at the amazing State Of The Map US conference from which I just returned. Without any context this is going to make very little sense, but for those of you who have seen Pulp Fiction more than a couple of times, it may still be worth a … Continue reading Remap-A-Tron SOTM US Talk Slides