OpenStreetBugs (http://openstreetbugs.schokokeks.org/) is a website for easily marking errors in the OSM data. Users can leave a short message on the map if something is missing or obviously wrong, like "oneway in wrong direction" or "bridge or level_crossing?". Someone will go there and check this. The "bug" reports can be processed by map editors.
http://osmbugs.org/ hosts a slightly different user interface to OpenStreetBugs based on Leaflet. This interface uses the same database, so the bugs filed on the main website are displayed here and vice versa. Advanced users can also use the OpenStreetBugs-Plugin in JOSM to report bugs.
New 'Notes' feature
"Notes" has arrived as a brand new feature of OpenStreetMap homepage. Discussion and development tweaks are still underway and the question of how to import the old database of OpenStreetBugs, has of course come up. In general it is likely this will supersede OpenStreetBugs.
Quick Guide to OpenStreetBugs
OpenStreetBugs is a very simple tool to mark erroneous details on the map. You don't have to register to use it.
OpenStreetBugs works just like the OSM map. The mouse pointer changes into a small + sign (Symbol 4) when it is hovering on the OpenStreetBugs map. Move the map to the location of the error by dragging and click on the point where you found the error. You will then see a red circle with an (X) (Symbol 1), and a speech bubble appears for your comment. In the "your Nickname" input box, type your own name or tag in "Nickname or name“. This makes it easier to sort the comments when several people report the same error. In the "description" input box, write your description for the error. For example, write: "The street name should be 'Hadford Way', not 'Hatfield Way'". When you click OK, your error comment is stored in the map. Additional comments can be added later, but changes to the saved comments are not allowed.
When an error has been corrected, the comment can be closed (click 'Mark as Fixed'). The red point will then change into a blue point with a tick (Symbol 3), and disappears automatically after a week. Until then the comments remain visible.
Exporting and Using Data
- OSB_Reports provides some very outdated statistics
- You can add POI markers to your map file.
- osbsql2osm converts dump files into OSM XML. See DE:All_in_one_Garmin_Map#Openstreetbugs for more information.
- You can download daily backup of notes.
- Some people reported problems importing the GPX files from OSB on a Garmin device. http://osm.mueschelsoft.de provides optimized GPX files with all relevant data in cmt-tags that are interpreted by most devices.
- Current statistics of open and closed bugs are avaiable as well.
- http://osm.duschmarke.de/osb.html is showing the bugs in different layers according to the year of opening. Thus you can find "the old ones".
Implementation note: The OpenStreetBugs (OSB) and OSM databases are separate. The authors don't believe that the tags like 'road' and 'FIXME' should be used by OpenStreetBugs.
The osmbugs.org Leaflet version of the site (which uses the same database via the API) is maintained by andrew_shadoura with source in Mercurial:
- hg clone http://osmbugs.org/