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- 1 Welcome
- 2 News
- 3 Social Events
- 4 State of the Map
- 5 Talks
- 6 Previous Mapping Parties
- 7 Contacts
- 8 Tools
- 9 Other Maps
- 10 Treasure Hunts
- 11 Examples and Inspiration
- 12 Edinburgh Map Status
- 13 Our Map so far
- 14 Cycle routes in or near Edinburgh
Welcome to the Edinburgh Openstreetmap Project Page. We are lucky in Edinburgh to have a very wide range of people of all ages and skill levels that are helping to create our map. Each of us have many different interests, cyclists, health professionals, historians or people that just would like to have a good detailed map of their area or just enjoy a good walk. On this page we will be highlighting the tools, resources and activities that will help you explore Edinburgh and make use of OpenStreetMap and its data.
Follow events on twitter at @OSMScotland
- Maklab in Glasgow has extended welcome to us to move our meeting in Glasgow CCA to their premises as they will be making 3d maps of Glasgow. In edinburgh we may like to have our meetings in the new Hacklab premisses.
- Edinburgh Council is using our map here
- A new tool is available from ITO check out the description ITO_Map
- There is a new buildings plugin which makes making buildings much easier see JOSM/Plugins/BuildingsTools includes video
- In Scotland if we average the number of roads throughout scotland we have it 93% mapped. Some areas may interest your attention. You can get the full details at ITO Analysis Maybe we can get closer to 100% by the end of the year. For Edinburgh we are either at 100% or very close, depending on the updates from the latest OSM/OS data.
- We have been given permission to By RCHAMS to use their Canmore_ID for historic buildings. Example This Way leads to Uttershill Castle also see 
- Make sure you check out Geohack for OSM for a selection of new maps including one that shows Wikipedia tags
- There is a map of available of Fringe sites (google based)
|Local User Group|
|Edinburgh Social Event|
|When:||every 3 month at 7:30 pm|
|Where:||Guildford Arms (map)|
Every three months or so we have a social meeting at 7:00pm at the Guildford Arms Everyone is welcome. The meeting happen on the third Tuesday apart from December where it depends on the holidays. This is an opportunity to meet with others and hear about what's going on and learn new mapping techniques. We also welcome anyone from outside the Edinburgh area to come and meet with us. At the meetings we decide the next area we would like to hold the mapping party and we plan the date for the mapping party one month after the pub meeting.
Upcoming Pub Meetings
The next OpenStreetMap meet-up from 7:00pm at the Guildford Arms:
- Tuesday 18 March 2014
- Tuesday 17 June 2014
- Tuesday 23 September 2014
- Tuesday 9 December 2014
Other Social Meetings
- There are other meetings in Scotland see Scotland#Social_Meetings
State of the Map
For 2013 it happened in October. All over! But we'll be organising another one for a similar time in 2014
Information, videos and media on the previous events can be found on these wiki pages:
So If there is anyone interested in giving a talk on a subject you are interested please post the information here
Bob Kerr gives a standard talk on Introduction to Openstreetmap and Humanitarian Mapping. Please do not change the links in this page as it will be used for further talks but please feel free to use it a s reference.
Previous Mapping Parties
- Shotts Sat 28 July 2012
- New Lanark3 March 2012
- Edinburgh/MappingParty/2010-07 July 3rd, 2010
- Edinburgh/MappingParty/2010-04 April 10th, 2010
- Edinburgh/MappingParty/2007-Q3 August 25-26th, 2007
All information about the Edinburgh meetups will also be posted to [Talk GB] mailing list and individually e-mailed to the people on the Users_in_Edinburgh page or you can contact Central America You can also watch this page for changes
Those that are interested in joining in with the meetings please add your name to the Users_in_Edinburgh page. To do this please add the tag."[[Category:Users_in_Edinburgh|YOUR USER ID HERE]]" to your user page. If you are unsure how to do this contact Central America
Once you have a login for the Openstreetmap wiki then you can go to the top of the page and click watch. This will give you automatic emails each time this page is changed.
- Ito World made comparison tiles available. Those can be used within the editors or viewed online for the Edinburgh region. See also Ito World's announcement.
- ITO OSM analysis compares the naming of our streets to that in the OS_locator database. You will need to subscribe to this by putting in an e-mail address and your password see ITO OSM Analysis
- OS_StreetView is a map layer which aids in tracing over an area before a survey is done, see Ordnance_Survey_Opendata#Editing_guidelines
- A complete list of street names in Edinburgh has been release by the Council on August 2010. You can get the information here
- Mapseg is a method for extracting the buildings, forest, or rivers from OS_OpendData_ StreetView Tiles. The programs work but should be treated with great care in places where a lot of mapping has been previously done
- Keepright is a page dedicated to the small mapping errors that always crop up. Looking over this not only helps keep the map clean of these errors but helps us learn how to avoid errors in the future.
- OSM Inspector Various information and checks on the map data.
- The Edinburgh City Planning Department has a map based on the Ordnance Survey which they use to reference which most of the streets that are named. You can see the map here It goes into great detail. It seems to have a problem with Firefox however for Linux users it does work with Konquerer. This is copyright data and the ultimate authority of what streets are named is the Edinburgh Council (see above) so they should be called to verify the data.
- Learning to edit this wiki or Wikipedia is a very useful skill. It well worth spending 20 minutes on this Tutorial
- If you want to see an overview of who is doing which edits in your area have a look at OSM Mapper watch the videos here
- The superb Map library in Edinburgh is well worth a visit Location To see a huge selection of their maps go here and type in Edinburgh into the search box
- You can keep up to date by visiting the OSM_Blogs, there is also an RSS feed for this
The Openstreetmap community is not allowed to copy other maps due to copyright restrictions. You will also find that a lot of the satellite images are out of date and that our map is already more accurate . The maps below are only here to show what other groups are doing.
- If you go to the wikipedia site for Edinburgh look for the part that says Coordinates 55° 56′ 58″ N, 3° 9′ 37″ W. Click on the link and you will get a list of maps for our area. You can do this for any location. See Edinburgh and maps
- ELGIN Electronic Local Government Information Network ELGIN Edinburgh
- Comparative maps can be interesting, you will also notice that Google satelite images are out of date see here and here
- Even more Other_maps
Treasure Hunts are a good way to get out and explore your neighbourhood and collect some important data at the same time. You will find out more about your local area because looking for these items may take you to places that you have not been to before.
Edinburgh Festival Venues
It would be great to have all the Festival Venues in Edinburgh mapped. There is a Proposed features/Edinburgh Festivals to do this and all comments or changes are welcome.
In addition Culture Labs Scotland are putting together some data sets listing venues, which may be useful to help complete this.
Bus Stops , Naptan Data
The Naptan Data has recently been imported in for Edinburgh. This means that we should have all the bus stops available. It also means that the bus stops that we have already put in have been duplicated, so please choose the correct one and make sure the position of the Naptan node is correct. NOVAM-viewer is a tool for showing the bus stops that are in OSM. http://mappa-mercia.org/novam/
- The data marks bus stops as "completely mapped", though the tactile paving=yes/no is not set. --Lulu-Ann 11:13, 22 October 2009 (UTC)
The tags on the Naptan nodes are as follows:
- naptan:CommonName: This is the name of the that is used on the timetables:don't change
- naptan:Indicator: **********
- source: naptan_import
Please do not delete any on the tags marked as naptan as they will be used later. We need to change or add (photo on right isn't quite correct):
- name: To the name displayed on the bus stop
- route_ref: The numbers of all the busroute numbers eg 24;41
- local_ref: (not shown in the picture) This is the letter or two that will normally have red background on a circle disk above the pole.
- naptan:AtcoCode: (local_ref in the picture) This is the number that is displayed on the bus stop and usually differs slightly from the AtcoCode reference See  and  for more info
- shelter: yes/no.
- timetable_case: yes/no/empty
- naptan:verified:yes (or preferably delete it.
If we manage to verify the location of all the bus stops we will be able to make a transport route map for the city. There are some prototype openstreetmaps with realtime animations of where the trains are. We could do the same with the buses.
You can see Edinburgh Councils use of Naptan Data on mybustracker
Through the Freedom of information Act you can see most of the post boxes in your area here. Unfortunately this information has not be transferred across to the map and the locations are not always accurate. Please add the reference numbers to the post boxes. You can find out more at post_box. Note. In Potlatch when you put in a new Post box it prompts you for a name, Please make sure you put the reference number in the ref=* tag.
The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) uses CANMAP (doesn't work with Safari) to list places of historical interest. Their information is copyright so we are not allowed to place this information directly onto our map. However, they are now accepting public photos to be included on their site. A large number of their locatons have not been photographed recently. This means that by finding these places and giving them photos, we are not only helping the national archive, the photos we take will be more accessible to the public. This is due to the licence they give to user generated content. By collaborating with them you will not only find out a lot more about these locations you will be letting them know we are here. You also have the options of putting the photos on Geograph, Webshots or Flickr.
This is an excellent chance for bit of exploring.
Their building is located here
Examples and Inspiration
In this section there are examples of mapping and derived maps within Edinburgh and outside for your interest and inspiration. Please remember that it is very important that we do not copy other maps data into our map.
- The Best of OSM is a website that shows some of the best mapping in OSM, it is worth looking at the zoos and golf courses and maybe we can get parts of Edinburgh in there.
- On the main map page of OSM by clicking on the '+' sign on the top right hand corner you can get the map represented as Open Cycle Map or Osmarender
- Vector graphics in the future see cartagen
- Making the equivalent of an A to Z of an area see Maposmatic
- Mapping slums in Nairobi Nairobi#Map_Kibera
- The good people at The National Library of Scotland can show how Craigmillar developed over time, they use Openlayers
- 2008 A year of Edits Is a video showing the progress of Openstreetmap throughout the world
- Mapping Haiti Earthquake Is a video showing what OSM can do in a crisis
- Heat maps heat maps
- Interested in seeing the map in different styles see Cloudmade
- Edinburgh Transport Public Transport
- In Edinburgh Openseamap has not really started.
- Moredun was created using the JOSM/Plugins/Terracer for more Addressing examples see Bilston Glen Industrial Estate ,Karlsruhe
- There is a specialised cycle routing engine using the OpenStreetMap data in Edinburgh called CycleStreets
- Lots of videos from State of the Map 2009 Highlighting Mapping of Historical Sites in Japan - Kinya Inoue and 20 Things You Never Knew About Potlach
- Scottish Openstreetmap in Gaelic here
Edinburgh Map Status
We will also be celebrating that Edinburgh for the moment is one of the top cities that has its names compatible with the OS Names (OS_Locator) database. From the ITO analysis
|Rank||Area||Roads in OS Locator||Roads missing from OSM||Percentage Complete|
|1||City of Edinburgh||4,756||0||100|
There still remains some side roads and details in areas that need to be covered. We also need greater detail of the footpaths in areas especially some parks, There are golf courses, school names or places of community interest. RCHAMS are interested in getting volunteers to search and photograph historic places in Edinburgh.
Our Map so far
Cycle routes in or near Edinburgh
- These routes should be mapped using route relations. See WikiProject United Kingdom National Cycle Network and Cycle routes for information on tagging.
- It would be worth while having external collaboration with the folks making a cycle map called the Innertube
|Route||Description||Route (around Edinburgh)||Relation|
|NR1|| North Sea Cycle Route
(Dover to Shetland)
|Dalkeith - Newcraighall - Innocent Railway - Meadows - George Street - Haymarket - Cycle Path - Barnton - Forth Road Bridge||XML, check, manage, JOSM, history, view, gpx )(|
|NR75||Forth to Clyde||Leith - Water of Leith - Slatford - Balerno - Kirknewton||XML, check, manage, JOSM, history, view, gpx )(|
|NR754 (previously RR43)||Edinburgh to Glasgow via canal towpaths||Fountainbridge - Union Canal - Ratho||XML, check, manage, JOSM, history, view, gpx )(|
|NR76||Around the Forth, Edinburgh to Berwick-upon-Tweed||XML, check, manage, JOSM, history, view, gpx )(|
|RR||Recommended Route avoiding City Bypass||Musselburgh - Millerhill - Danderhall - Gilmerton - Mortonhall - Fairmilehead - Oxgangs - Colinton - Sighthill - Gyle||XML, check, manage, JOSM, history, view, gpx )(|
|H2EP||Haymarket to Edinburgh Park||Haymarket - Murrayfield - Carrick Knowe - Broomhall - Gyle - Edinburgh Park||XML, check, manage, JOSM, history, view, gpx )(|
|CEC1||Burdiehouse Burn Valley Park||Burdiehouse - Liberton - Little France - Craigmillar|
|CEC2||The Braids||Craiglockart - Morningside - The Inch - Peffermill - Duddingston - Northfield - Portobello / Dreghorn - Colinton - Braids / Pentlands - Swanston - Cominston - Oxgangs - Morningside / Buckstone - Braids - Liberton|
|CEC3||Blackford Hill to The Meadows||Blackford Hill - Meadows / Meadows - Bruntsfield / Tollcross - Meadows - South Side - St Leonard's|
|CEC4||Craigmillar to Dalkeith Link||Craigmillar - Little France - Danderhall - Moredun (- Dalkeith)|
|CEC5||Innocent Railway||(Musselburgh -) Eastfield - Brunstane - Jewel - Duddingston - Holyrood Park - Old Town / Jewel - Fort Kinnaird / Brunstane - Newcraighall (- Queen Margaret University)||XML, check, manage, JOSM, history, view, gpx )(|
|CEC6||Firth of Forth||South Queensferry - Cramond - Silverknowes - Newhaven - Granton - Leith - Seafield - Portobello - Joppa (- Fisherrow - Musselburgh)||XML, check, manage, JOSM, history, view, gpx )(|
|CEC7 - 21 to follow|
There are also the "Family Network" routes, which appear to have their own numbering unrelated to the routes above. I haven't been able to find a list, but as of January 2013 at least the following have been announced and signposted (with white numbers in green squares):
|6||City Centre to King's Buildings "Quiet Route"||Southside/George Square - Meadows - Marchmont - Grange - Mayfield (joins "Quality Bike Corridor")||XML, check, manage, JOSM, history, view, gpx )(|
|10||Leith - Portobello||Leith - Leith Links - Seafield - Portobello - Joppa||XML, check, manage, JOSM, history, view, gpx )(|