"Be careful using mapping data not covered by a compatible license. Map and data companies have placed misspellings, extra letters, fake streets etc. to use as evidence in copyright claims. Copying a spelling or other information without verifying it was taken from a public domain source could be copyright infringement."
I want to leave the above text here while I think about it. This whole copyright thing has got my brain a whirring. --Korea 11:58, 21 June 2007 (BST)
Mobile editor ideas
When I'm cycling in new regions to survey, I found that the pen and paper idea works quite well. It keeps the time spent out doors to a minimum. The only drawback is that an equivalent time is needed afterwards entering the data in JOSM.
A mobile editor like MOSME will be an improvement, because it will allow me to do some of the first pass editing while resting. This specific tool requires a Windows Mobile (a) device with a working internet connection (b) and a connected (c) GPS receiver. Only a small fraction of current handsets meet these requirements.
It is possible to create a tool that can work on any WAP enabled cell phone : 1. The user configures his standalone GPS receiver to start recording and enters his name on the web site with his phone.
2. When he reaches an unmapped street, amenity or other object, he chooses the correct icon. For streets the choices will be a cross, a 'T' or a 'T' rotated through 90 / 180 or 270 degrees.
3. The server then logs the time and allows the user to enter the name as well as other tags.
4. The above 2 steps are repeated until the user is done.
5. He then downloads his track log from his GPS receiver and a draft osm file is generated by correlating it with the timestamps. For streets, short ways are created. Preferable it will orient the ways correctly by calculating the direction the user was traveling in at the moment he selected the icon.
6. He then opens the draft osm file with JOSM to improve the layout and connect it to the rest of the planet before uploading it the database.
I don't currently own a WAP phone, but hopefully there is someone who will implement this. -- Nic 18:05, 25 November 2007 (UTC)
I think it would be helpful to have a more detailed step-by-step for mapping with the GPS.
Arc GIS support
There is a tool which is possable to use which can use the planet.osm file and convert it so it's ready to use in ArcGIS http://arcscripts.esri.com/details.asp?dbid=15137 perhaps a further explaination is needed on how todo this? It came from the slash Geo website http://appdomains.slashgeo.org/application_domains/07/06/21/1356256.shtml ... this would perhaps open the door to more users who might be motivated to add on to OSM --acrosscanadatrails 04:05, 30 October 2008 (UTC)