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OpenStreetMap Hits One Million Registered Users 58

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the better-living-through-collaboration dept.
An anonymous reader writes "OSM passed the one million registered users mark! Sure, similar to Wikipedia, the number of active contributors is a factor of 5 lower (something like ~200k) but the growth of data is impressive. So why not have a look at your neighborhood and assist on mapping? Nothing big, just visit OSM bugs and add for example your favorite place and a house number."
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OpenStreetMap Hits One Million Registered Users

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  • by damn_registrars (1103043) <damn.registrars@gmail.com> on Thursday January 10, 2013 @02:38PM (#42548769) Homepage Journal
    ... the link to "OSMBugs" in the summary doesn't work.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday January 10, 2013 @02:51PM (#42548947)

    As places like "Great place to get nice weed" or "Has sluts inside" .

    It's a sore one.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      As places like "Great place to get nice weed" or "Has sluts inside" .

      It's a sore one.

      amenity=brothel actually exists. Both kinds of places are legal in some countries, so yes - they can be put on the map too.

  • Haven't been there in a while. The accuracy in my area (NEPA) was terrible. I had made some improvements, but became discouraged when someone reverted them to mimic what was on Google Maps. Google Maps in horrific in the NEPA area, so I was upset that my work was destroyed by someone who would just blatantly copy. After visiting today, it was nice to see that the NEPA area has been significantly improved. It is much more up to date than my Garmin at this point. It would be nice to get OSM on the thing if th

    • by dargaud (518470)
      How do you know when something gets reverted ? Do you get an email or do you have to go back and check ?

      I've known OSM since its very beginning and my first thought was 'right, this project SO needs critical mass that it'll never happen'. Then, since I do a lot of mountain biking and one of my favorite website [vttrack.fr] shows all the existing GPS tracks of various websites related to mountain biking on various map background (Google, IGN, OSM, etc), I started to notice that for some areas OSM was actually more accu

      • I got on board with OSM early on and they don't notify you if someone has changed something you added or had previously changed but for large modifications which some people do for some reason they are easy to spot if you focus on "your" area. I notice this when someone decides that the sidewalks and walking paths in parks are actually bike paths even though there are designated bike paths that are also marked. Good on you for contributing. I contribute a lot as I like to use it as a source against which I
    • I don't think it will get killed by Wikipedia style complaints as maps seem to be less politically charged, unless you are in India/Pakistan or Japan/China/Korea/Taiwan. You still do get people defacing parts of the map, and there is a fair amount of blatant stupidity but the stupidity factor goes down once a contributor understands what they are doing. I know I made plenty of mistakes early on.
    • http://garmin.openstreetmap.nl/ [openstreetmap.nl]
      has been working for years I think. I did use it in Canada (coming from Europe, I only had euro mapping).
      My main issue is rather the Garmin software itself, and I'm patiently waiting for more developed open source turn-by-turn softwares. (what exists on tablets is already striking, including non-monopoly ones like Blackberry -I have great hopes for the coming linux ones)

  • by Bob the Super Hamste (1152367) on Thursday January 10, 2013 @02:56PM (#42549039) Homepage
    I would add stuff to my neighborhood but at this point I would almost have to start mapping out individual trees. Well it isn't quite that bad but I do go on OSM binges every now and then and have a lot of the buildings (some with full attributes include), roads, power lines, walking paths, other structures, ponds, parks (including equipment, sports field, toilets, and drinking they contain), parking lots, parking isles, etc mapped out already for my town. Areas that I hunt I have public land outlined as well as correcting the roads and adding in the official or unofficial trails that exist. I find it is a better use of my OCDness than acquiring cats or other things.
    • I do it in spurts too, I mapped out Walt Disney World when I first started since the family and I go often. A lot of the contributors from the USA seem to do it that way, I think it's because the TIGER data-set covers so much of the roads.
      • The TIGER data-set is good for federal roads and even some state level roads but gets a bit dogy at the local level since reality very often doesn't line up with the TIGER data. Buildings and other stuff is basically all user added and when I go on a OSM binge I add lots of other stuff like buildings, fences, bike or foot paths, and just about any thing I can find to map or trace.
  • I like OSM and have spent a bunch of time adding edits to it. It's great for things like hiking trails and urban running trails, which usually aren't in google maps. There are some very nice web-based interfaces for making contour maps (example from closedcontour.com [closedcontour.com]). What's really missing is decent driving directions. Yournavigation.org sucks.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Try http://map.project-osrm.org/

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      As mentioned, http://map.project-osrm.org/ [project-osrm.org] is one of the best routers that uses OSM data. There is also http://open.mapquest.com [mapquest.com] which might even integrate with the MQ mobile app so you can find a route in a browser, then send it to the MQ app to take in the car. There is also routing on http://maps.cloudmade.com/ [cloudmade.com] although sometimes it seems like they are a little out of date.

      But there is code being worked on to integrate OSRM into the osm.org website itself.

      • by bcrowell (177657)

        Thanks for the suggestion, but I tried OSRM, and it seemed just as bad as yournavigation.org, if not worse. (I wanted to do a side-by-side comparison, but yournavigation apparently isn't working right now due to hosting problems.) As with yournavigation, OSRM breaks the route down into a large number of microscopic parts. Also, when I asked it for directions to 4926 W. Rosecrans Avenue, Hawthorne, CA, it inexplicably changed my request to a request for directions to South Tajauta Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, wh

  • by anarcat (306985) on Thursday January 10, 2013 @06:33PM (#42551987) Homepage

    Contributing to OSM is not hard. It's like a wiki, you register and you can edit everything. Even if your neighborhood is mapped, you can still work on adding amenities like restaurants, parking spots, post boxes and all the stuff a person that doesn't know the neighborhood would find useful. I personally keep business cards of the good restaurants i visit and post them on OSM regularly.

    If you use flash, there's a web-builtin editor called Potlach that's really good. If not, you use jOSM that's shipped with all major distributions and which is also very good (my favorite, even if Java</troll>).

  • Since Apple Maps uses OpenStreetMap, I'm not really surprised of the jump in user numbers.
  • A quick look here:

    http://resultmaps.neis-one.org/newestosm.php [neis-one.org]

    Suggests roughly twice as many new mappers (at least in the UK) during the last 24 hours than would be normal.

  • I have a project to geocode (i.e. use an API to give an address, get back latitude and longitude) many many addresses. Sometime, OSM works just fine, and provides just the right answer. It appears that 2/3 of the time this is true. 1/3 of the time, while OSM street data is aware enough to understand street names, it has no way of understanding the numbers. All of the sophisticated OSM guis have a mechanism to add this information. But this is very very complex to use. You have to be able to understand the

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