Have you heard of StreetComplete? It's an Android app that shows you open questions/issues with OpenStreetMap in your area, and asks you to answer them.
It's made for people with no experience with #OpenStreetMap, so it shows only very simple questions that can be answered very clearly. ("What is printed on this street sign?", "What's the number on this house?")
@rixx It's actually really fun, it's like Mapdefect GO.
@rixx Thanks for the recommendation! I just installed it... and OsmAnd at the same time, adios Google Maps :)
Do you know where I can find a list of all the questions that can be answered? In my area, I only see house number and street name.
@rixx Now if only there were a way to anonymously upload the data so that following my OSM account isn't both a good reference for where I frequent and also a live way to tell when and where I'm traveling.
@rixx (To be clear, I use it anyway, but some better privacy would be nice.)
@rixx @rory https://ostatus.lardbucket.org/@aschmitz/99972267548705226 may be missing from the threading, but the simpler version is, for example:
If I were to contribute fixes largely near my house, it would not be hard to figure out where I live, to within a short distance. If I were to do it under my name, this would be even easier to link to me. Then if I make StreetComplete changes to the map elsewhere, you can infer that I'm not home when making those changes.
@rixx @rory I didn't know that there's an effort underway to strip some of that metadata from the public data, but at least the GeoFabrik stuff looks like you can still get the full data by logging in with an OSM account. That's a pretty low bar since anyone can create an account. (At least the site implies that any such account would work - I didn't try it.)
Also, does that mean the changesets will be disappearing/censored?
Annoyingly, vandalism detection, and monitoring is much much easier if you have usernames & timestamps, hence why it's been kept.
#OSM can "redact" part of the history, but that's for copyright infringement.
@shadowfirebird (sorry for late reply) hehehe. It's because the road surface was/is rarely added. I think many in the UK don't care since you can assume asphalt, so no-one has bothered. But in some places (e.g. Australia) it's important.
@rixx fucking love OSM, mastodon mappers unite!
@spudboy "mastodon mappers" 🙂 Did you know about this instance for OSM? It's a Mapstodon instance. 😉
@rixx I just wish there was a way I could get credit for my JOSM edits lol. Like, fuck, every street around me is asphalt, this is getting tedious
@shura tr< y pressing the download button enough times…
@rixx @fdroidorg wow, great! Thank you for the hint. I've been using Vespucci so far to edit #OpenStreetMap, which also is a great OSM editor and works very, very well. But being pointed by StreetComplete to specific issues helps to contribute in a very targeted manner. #mapping #android #apps #recommendation
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