Objects that were modified or created during the mapping party
Last Saturday, the yearly SOSM AGM and subsequent mapping party took place in St. Gallen. We elected Raphael as our new treasurer during the AGM, since Pascal stepped down from this position and whom we would like to thank again for his work. Philipp was elected as a new revisor to replace Raphael, and Roman as an additional assessor to the board, where he will mainly take care of doing more marketing. Apart from that, there were no further changes regarding the board or revisors. After the OSMF had accepted our application in the beginning of this year, we unanimously decided to sign the local chapters agreement. We will thus soon be in a regulated relationship with the global OSMF.
After a fine lunch, we split up the old town of St. Gallen between us and set out to collect addresses and POIs, and also to update existing data. Along the way, we were also able to enjoy the nice and springlike weather. Some of us met again in the late afternoon to digitise and further improve the collected data, and to talk about experiences and tips related to OpenStreetMap. A remaining, in the meantime rather small group finally went for a cosy dinner in a nearby restaurant to finish the day.
According to a rough estimation based on the Overpass-API, 58 objects have been deleted, 615 were modified and 716 newly added during the mapping party. However, at least Simon had added several buildings before the mapping party already, which are not part of these statistics.
Take part of this MapRoulette Challenge which is about checking if there’s a pedestrian street crossing (crosswalk) or not. This verification goes on until it’s all done. MapRoulette is a kind of gamified website and a mapping campaign similar to MapZen’s targeted editing series.
So help OpenStreetMap to improve this missing information!
Figure 1: Cycle map from OpenStreetMap main page showing pedestrian street crossings (crosswalks) as yellow dot markers.
A crosswalk node needs to be placed as part of a way. It requires the tag highway=crossing (search for “Crossing” e.g. in built-in online editor “iD”). For the capture of other attributes like the existence of islands or traffic signals see Key:crossing on OSM Wiki.
Important notes: When using editor “iD” the presets suggest tag crossing=zebra. This tag is mainly used in UK. Since this challenge is in Switzerland you can delete this tag. Finally: When saving, a changeset comment is needed. You can use there e.g. “Missing Crosswalks Challenge”.
Figure 2: A “Street Crossing” node shown in the online editor “iD” built-in OpenStreetMap main page.
The street crossings (crosswalks) in fact are coordinates our automated process found in aerial images by using a parallel image detection algorithm. This new software works mainly with yellow crossings of Switzerland on aerial images with certain quality at zoom level 18.
The coordinate data around eastern Switzerland has been extracted at December, 2nd. 2015. This covers about a tenth of the total area of Switzerland.
Contact us if you have questions or ideas around this hot topic.
This article was originally published on geometalab.
The first micro mapping party in Zurich took place last Saturday, at very nice and warm weather. The aim of the mapping party was collecting and updating POIs in downtown Zurich, which was already fairly well mapped, but still has … Continue reading →
As part of the move I’ve updated the osm.ch portal a bit and added the
ability to pull translations from transifex. Up to now the portal was
only in German, I’ve added an English version leaving French, Italian
and Romansh to do.
Given that there are currently only 43 strings, I fully expect that we
will have the missing three languages covered tomorrow :-).
On a more serious note we are always looking for people that can help
with the translation of content on sosm.ch which is currently
predominantly German and English. If you want to help send us a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Update: translations for all aditional languages were done by Friday the 24th of April!
Two years and a couple of months back I started running daily street name completeness checks for Switzerland. See my original article for more information, information on the changes for 2014 (this article points out some of the quality issues with the GWR) and http://qa.poole.ch/ch-roads/ for the daily updates.
On the 12th of March we passed the 100’000 street name mark implying that in 27 months we have added nearly 40’000 names that were previously missing or unverified, leaving roughly 20’000 to go.
* the GWR values are corrected for the issues discussed in the December 2013 blog post and are not the raw numbers. This is the reason for the decrease in numbers of non-road objects.
Naturally I do not expect to reach the 100% mark any time soon. There is quite a high number of municipalities that do not sign post their roads, making independent verification very difficult to impossible (this is not the same as not having street names in the first place which is not a problem) and naturally these places don’t tend to be where hot spots of OSM contributors are. On the other hand there is still a lot of very low hanging fruit which simply needs verification. Low hanging in this case means that the roads in question can already be found in OSM, but there are simply spelling differences that we need to investigate (see the original article on how to handle differences between the GWR and reality).