|Author:||Martijn van Exel, Serge Wroclawski|
Towards a better map, one bug at a time.
MapRoulette (MapRoulette.org) is a gamified approach to fixing OSM bugs that breaks common OpenStreetMap data problems into micro tasks. Grab yourself a small task and start improving OpenStreetMap!
The tasks that need fixing are set into challenges, and a tutorial is created for the current challenge, to aid users into how to best fix the issue. Only one challenge is active on MapRoulette at one given time. Once all the issues have been fixed, a new challenge is activated.
Ideas for new challenges
Share your ideas for future challenge ideas here.
As a result of the License Change, a lot of OSM data was deleted or reverted back to a previous version. The first version of MapRoulette was geared towards repairing this damage by identifying all the ways that were gone and inviting users to re-add the removed ways using the standard OSM editing tools.
The remap-a-tron proved to be a very successful tool. Perhaps it could be repurposed to help get other types of map bugs fixed? At State of the Map US 2012 in Portland, the next iteration of what would become MapRoulette was announced: the Un-Zorro-Tron, to help fix Zorro Ways in the United States OSM data.
- The Remap-A-Tron, talk by Martijn van Exel (talk) at SOTM US 2012, Portland, OR
- MapRoulette, One Year Later, talk by Martijn van Exel (talk) at SOTM US 2013, San Francisco, CA.
- Faites Vos Jeux: Announcing MapRoulette Next Generation, talk by Martijn van Exel (talk) at SOTM US 2014, Washington DC
- MapRoulette 2: Electric Bugalloo, talk by Serge Wroclawski at SotM-EU 2014 in Karlsruhe
- MapRoulette, workshop by Martijn van Exel (talk) at SOTM EU 2014, Karlsruhe, Germany
The code, issues, and documentation are available on GitHub.