MapQuest/Project HotSpot

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What is Project HotSpot?

The goal/purpose of Project HotSpot is to get major U.S landmarks mapped out to a level of detail beyond normal commercial map data providers. We're starting with a top 10 list of places asked for by the commercial MapQuest.com website.

If we can get these ten places looking very spiffy, then MapQuest will feature the OSM maps of these places as "Premium Maps" of these locations when they are returned as Search Results for our approximate 50 million monthly unique visitors to MapQuest.com

Why are we doing this?

Well.. Ok. As head of MapQuest Open, I made a bet with the head of MapQuest.com that OpenStreetMap can produce more detailed, more accurate, and more helpful maps of key tourist locations than commercial data vendors.

If we succeed, MapQuest.com must feature these locations using OSM data. And the head of MapQuest.com must buy me a drink. And I will personally buy a drink for everyone who helps, that turns up to SOTM 2011.

To be serious for a second - MapQuest Open is tasked with improving the OSM data for the US. I firmly believe that the correct way to do this is to grow and engage the OSM community. If we can get these top 10 places mapped to a really good level of detail, then it helps justify to MapQuest/AOL that I'm right, and we can do this, and USA OSM data is worth continuing to invest in, and we get to continue doing things like contributing to Mapnik and Nominatim and Potlatch 2, and making free directions services and stylesheets, and all the other things we are working on.

So, in short: If you feel that we at MapQuest are helping add to OSM in a positive way... please please help us out on this project, so we can justify our investment to those who peer at me with beady eyes over the top of spreadsheets.


How you can can help

  • EDIT, MAP, AND IMPROVE THESE PLACES!
  • Edits that are good to have:
    • Correct road tagging (one way streets, exit ramps, etc)
    • Points of Interest - restrooms, restaurants, shops, rides, view points, cotton candy vendor, etc
    • Street addressing - spelling out 'Street' rather than 'St' and be sure to add in all the house numbers that are available!
    • Surrounding neighborhood is good too - maybe there's a 'best parking lot' or better entrance to get to some of these places.
  • Help flesh out this page, and pages for these locations, and help promote this project
  • Help me determine Metrics (ways to measure that we are making progress) and suggest ways to motivate the awesomeness that is the OSM community, to do this


Checklist of things to map

Need to turn this into a good red/green checklist for each place.

Point is - if we get these things mapped, we should be very close to, or have what we need, to use as an Attraction Map:

  • streets
  • building outlines
  • bathrooms
  • water areas
  • transportation stops
  • transportation ways
  • landuse polygons
  • All TIGER data in the area must be edited
  • parking areas
  • accommodations
  • facilities
  • attractions / rides
  • hours of operation for each building / shop / amenity
Thing
to map
Disneyland, CA Grand Canyon
National Park
Mall of America,
Minneapolis MN
Cedar Point,
Sandusky OH
Sea World (CA) Sea World (FL) Disneyworld (FL) Penn Station, NYC Universal Studios (CA) Universal Studios (FL)
streets Yes No Yes Yes TBD TBD Yes Yes Yes Yes
building outlines Yes No Yes Yes TBD TBD Yes Yes Yes Yes
bathrooms Yes No No No TBD TBD Yes No TBD Yes
water areas Yes Yes N/A Yes TBD TBD Yes Yes TBD Yes
transportation stops Yes Yes Yes No TBD TBD Yes Yes TBD Yes
transportation ways Yes No Yes No TBD TBD Yes Yes TBD Yes
TIGER data edited Yes No Yes Yes TBD TBD Yes Yes TBD Yes
parking areas Yes No Yes Yes TBD TBD Yes Yes TBD Yes
accommodations Yes Yes TBD No TBD TBD TBD Yes Yes Yes
facilities Yes Yes Yes No TBD TBD TBD Yes Yes Yes
attractions / rides Yes Yes Yes No TBD TBD Yes Yes Yes Yes
hours of operation TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

HotSpots

Top 10

  1. Disneyland, Anaheim CA
  2. Grand Canyon National Park
  3. Mall of America, Minneapolis MN
  4. Cedar Point, Sandusky OH
  5. Sea World (CA)
  6. Sea World (FL)
  7. Disneyworld, Orlando FL
  8. Penn Station, NYC
  9. Universal Studios (CA)
  10. Universal Studios (FL)

Next 10

  1. Busch Gardens, Williamsburg VA
  2. Yellowstone National Park
  3. Izod Center, East Rutherford NJ
  4. Wrigley Field, Chicago IL
  5. Los Angeles (LAX) Airport
  6. Orlando (MCO) Airport
  7. Stanford University
  8. University of Southern California
  9. University of Texas at Austin
  10. San Diego Zoo

Update!

Check out the great work that has already been done! We've added images below that show the changes in the OSM data that have been completed in just one month since this project was started! Let's keep up the good work!


Top 10 images

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Place OSM Map (Live) OSM Map (early Oct2010) MQ Map Notes
Disneyland, Anaheim CA Disneyland-8Nov.png MQDisneyLand.jpg
Grand Canyon National Park Grand canyon-8nov.png MQGrandCanyon.jpg
Mall of America, Minneapolis MN Mall-of-america-8Nov.png MQMallOfAmerica.jpg
Cedar Point, Sandusky OH Cedar-point-8Nov.png MQSandusky.jpg
Sea World (CA) Sea-world ca-8Nov.png MQSeaWorldCA.jpg
Sea World (FL) Sea-world fl-8Nov.png MQSeaWorldFL.jpg MQ Map needs moved slightly to the east
Disneyworld, Orlando FL Disneyworld-fl-8Nov.png MQDisneyWorld.jpg
Penn Station, NYC Penn-station-8Nov.png MQPennStation.jpg
Universal Studios (CA) Universal-studios-ca-8Nov.png MQUniversalStudiosCA.jpg
Universal Studios (FL) Universal-studios-fl-8Nov.png MQUniversalStudiosFL.jpg


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