[Loadstone] OpenStreetMap converter

Robert (Jamie) Munro rjmunro at arjam.net
Mon Aug 11 13:19:26 BST 2008


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Tomás Hromádka wrote:
| Hi, when I tried to enter Praha for the street data, it gave me just
about
| 500 entries and there are many street names duplicated but maybe with
| different positions.
| Do you think this is caused by the fact that OSM is opensource and
therefore
| there are only so few streets there?
| How can I add there my street for example? This one is not listed in the
| data generated.


If you are not blind, it is very easy to add your street to Open Street
map. You can upload a GPX trace from your GPS to the site, then choose
edit, trace over it and add the road name. At the moment, the best way
if you are blind is probably to ask someone else to help you. :-)

Because loadstone only works in points, it is throwing away most of open
street map's information - the lines connecting the points (called
ways), i.e. roads, footpaths, rivers etc.

It would be relatively easy to allow upload of point-type features from
Loadstone to OpenStreetMap, either via a computer or even directly from
a phone, but I can't think of a good way to make the full Open Street
Map site functionality accessible. It's not just a case of drawing new
points and adding ways, it's linking them to the points and ways that
are already in the database. If anyone has good ideas, I think that the
OpenStreetMap people will be interested to hear them.

I'd like to see Loadstone and WhereAmI work together. WhereAmI is an
OpenStreetMap viewer / navigator for Series 60 phones that downloads OSM
data directly over the air on demand. It doesn't have any text output,
only pictures, and it's lacking in features like auto-connecting to
GPSes that Loadstone has - I think the 2 projects could learn from each
other. WhereAmI's home page is http://www.symbianos.org/projects/47

Robert (Jamie) Munro
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