There is a nice initiative going on in our local community.
1) Fill "name:etymology:wikidata" within #openstreetmap for all streets named after a person.
2) Match this data with Wikipedia’s data, especially whether that famous person is male or female.
3) Show the % of streets named after male or female characters.
Every now and then, we find this: a new user in OSM abusing the "name" tag. (User created patches of grass and a cycle track and described what they are… in the name tag.)
This is probably because iD has a prominent box for the name tag for almost everything.
I routinely make Overpass queries to spot mistakes like this in my area. Seems I will have to add more queries (e.g. a patch of grass AND a name → warning).
Simple hack for #JOSM here to an everyday problem.
I was trying to reorder bus route relations. It’s a long road with a complicated layout. JOSM will show you the same name multiple times, it’s an error-prone situation.
My solution: renaming the ways by adding a prefix. Then, ordering the routes becomes quite simple.
Do not forget to restore the names before uploading the changeset.
I am sharing this story, in case it might be useful for someone.
The #Brussels Region provides accurate numerical imagery under an ODbL-compatible licence. This made it possible to upload most buildings in our city several years ago.
Yet, new buildings are typically hand-drawn. More complicated than it seems.
Aerial picture is taken from an angle, which the mapper should compensate, and the roof may hide some details. Moreover, iD default to Flanders imagery, which has a lower resolution than ours.
This picture shows the typical offset.
The same station after I mapped it with #JOSM.
1) Walk everywhere across the station, shoot a video
2) Draw a structure on paper for every floor
3) Align station structure on items visible from aerial imagery (stairs)
4) Filter out everything else (roads, houses) with JOSM
5) Create a box with 90° angles (the triangle ruler icon)
6) Duplicate the ways of that box: they will become tracks, platform edges, stairs, footways…
7) Make it routable by tagging everything properly: levels, etc.
Most #Brussels metro stations were built in the 1970s and 1980s, sometimes using a very simple structure (two underground floors, everything is symmetrical, both left/right and front/back).
An interesting challenge for technical drawing fans…
I like small regular improvements StreetComplete provides with every update. This time, my favourite enhancement is no longer asking for the surface tag for highway=steps when those are in fact... escalators.
I created many such ways when drawing metro stations and those quests were annoying.
#JOSM has a new logo!