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OpenStreetMap Adds Easier Reporting of Map Problems 45

Posted by Soulskill
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An anonymous reader writes "OpenStreetMap recently topped one million registered users. Now they are trying to make the barrier to entry for contributing to the project even lower. A new 'notes' feature, announced on the project's blog, allows anonymous users to submit bug reports which will alert mappers in the area to incorrect or incomplete map information. The feature also allows for commenting on notes, potentially enabling two-way communication between a mapper and a bug reporter if more information is needed."
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OpenStreetMap Adds Easier Reporting of Map Problems

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  • by Mister Liberty (769145) on Tuesday April 30, 2013 @10:06PM (#43597139)

    first ... ... SPLASH!! bubble...bubble... ...

  • Trap Streets (Score:4, Interesting)

    by IonOtter (629215) on Tuesday April 30, 2013 @10:24PM (#43597227) Homepage

    I wonder how many "errors" in maps, map software and apps are "trap streets [wikipedia.org]"?

    A trap street is a fictitious entry in the form of a misrepresented street on a map, often outside the area the map nominally covers, for the purpose of "trapping" potential copyright violators of the map who, if caught, would be unable to explain the inclusion of the "trap street" on their map as innocent.

  • iOS Maps?! (Score:4, Funny)

    by R3d M3rcury (871886) on Tuesday April 30, 2013 @11:02PM (#43597453) Journal

    FTA:

    OpenStreetMap’s data is used by some of the biggest mapping names on the web, including Foursquare, Craigslist, Wikipedia, Mapquest, and Apple’s iOS Maps app.

    I'm not sure they want to be so proud of the last one...

    • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Note that Apple does *not* use OSM in the US or even most of the world. They seem to be using OSM to fill the gaps in their primary data provider in countries like Pakistan and Africa.

    • I'm not sure they want to be so proud of the last one...

      You mean the service that navigates better than Google [pcmag.com]?

      And Apple Maps in that test even beat Waze, which is based on OSM...

      As predicted, Apple has fixed maps and is working to now exceed Google for quality of result. Not hard considering that Google has got complacent on maps; people just accepted the flaws because it was the only game in town.

  • by taz346 (2715665)
    Nice... just used it to correct a couple of errors in my neighborhood.
  • There are numerous towns that google map shows (dots anyway) that don't exist in my area. Oddly enough they have wikipedia entries even. But I have no idea how to tell google this town doesn't really exist. Maybe it was on some old government record from a hundred years ago. No idea how to tell Google and Bing about this. But at least I can try to get it corrected in OpenStreetMap.

  • I have and regularly use Waze, a really great map/navigation app available on all major mobile platforms.

    The navigation is not too bad, a bit wonky at times - but where Waze really shines is in general driving around information where you just want to see what streets are around you, and also map updates.

    You can pretty easily mark a problem on a map, and even better if there's a road that is not on the map you can go into "bulldozer mode" and add it. I believe the changes you make in the app are forwarded

    • by darkHanzz (2579493) on Wednesday May 01, 2013 @02:09AM (#43598167) Journal
      Waze seems nice, the big difference with OSM is that the OSM maps are fully and freely available. With waze, the actual map-data is company owned. I'd rather put effort in improving an open dataset than a company owned one.
    • by Pecisk (688001)

      Sorry, but no, Waze is completely proprietary, they tried to use OSM, but they understood that anyone with half a brain will be capable to capitalize on their improvements on OSM when creating competitor for their service and retreated. So please stop spread misinformation.

    • by richlv (778496) on Wednesday May 01, 2013 @06:37AM (#43598879)

      as others have noted, but to make it perfectly clear...

      waze is not using osm data.
      waze is not contributing to osm data.
      if you contribute to waze, it goes in a closed, proprietary database that you are not allowed to use (or even obtain).

      with osm, you get all the resulting dataset for free to be used for any purpose.

      • But Waze is better.

        • by richlv (778496)

          are you the one who created waze or just trolling ? :)
          you can actually get all openstreetmap data. all of it. for free.
          openstreetmap has much better coverage.

          the only thing waze offers on top of osm is the mobile application... which would be great to see somebody build on top of osm, of course :)

          • Yes, the constant drawback with everything in the open source/free software world. No decent apps.

      • I really had no idea they were not using and contributing to OSM anymore, I've been using the app a long time...

        That's really too bad.

        So are there any good apps that are in fact based on OSM and contribute back? I wouldn't mind switching away from Waze if there was something close in utility.

  • OpenStreetBugs (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward

    As the fine article notes, this feature has been in openstreetbugs for a long time, and has been actively used to fix issues in my area.

    As for 1 million registered users, yeah right. Only if you include "users" who have never contributed anything, users who used to contribute but don't any more, and users who were blocked from contributing by the licence change. Their own stats [openstreetmap.org] suggest there's around 8000 contributors in any given month, so saying they've got 1 million "registered users" means nothing.

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