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OSM Logo This user submits data to OpenStreetMap under the name flohoff.

This user uses or has experience with a Garmin GPSmap 60CSx and is willing to answer questions on it from OSM users.

This user uses or has experience with a Wintec WBT-201 and is willing to answer questions on it from OSM users.

de Dieser Benutzer spricht Deutsch als Muttersprache.
en-3 This user is able to contribute with an advanced level of English.

My name is Florian Lohoff i am living in Rheda-Wiedenbrück, Germany. I am mapping mostly around Ostwestfalen-Lippe as i lived in a couple of places which i know. I am interested in the Countryside more than the citys. I am a long term contributer and map addresses aswell.

I am in love with Madagaskar and have been on a visit there and did some mapping.

Massbug filing


I started massbug filing on 2008-10-29. First object was to file bugs on OpenStreetBugs concerning amenity=police without a name. I stumbled upon this when i used the routable Garmin maps and were looking for POIs e.g. Police. They all showed up but without a name/location which means you see there is some police but you dont know whether thats a 24x7 or a 9-17 police station.

is_in on places

is_in is an old and non sufficient concept on building an administrative relationship between roads, towns etc. The better concept might be to have polygons around all those regions. As we dont have them right now the best thing we have are the is_in on the places. To be usable the is_in must be in a defined format. Most of the places especially those imported from OpenGeoDB are build like is_in=stadt,kreis,regierungsbezirk,bundesland,land,continent. Here an example:

 is_in=Verl,Gütersloh,Detmold,Nordrhein-Westalen,Bundesrepublik Deutschland,Europe

All terms should be in the language their region is used to speak so would "Germany" be wrong. Also seperating the entrys should happen by , not ;. For all entrys in the is_in there should be a corresponding place somewhere else. So when Verl is in Gütersloh - there should be place with name=Gütersloh otherwise the hierarchy would be broken. Also the place type should correlate to the OpenGeoDB type importet. So an OpenGeoDB type=Kreis should be place=county not place=town.

How i tag

  • Roundabouts - There shouldnt be a ref or name tag on a junction=roundabout way as long as those are informations of the _roundabout_ and not some random street joining the roundabout. The roundabout is IMHO not part of a particular street but rather the junction itself. Nobody would put a name or ref tag on a normal street junction node so why do you do so on roundabouts. There are exceptions where roundabouts themselfes have names or refs - that information should be on the roundabouts way.
  • unclassified vs track grade 1 - Everything accessible for the public in the countryside is unclassified as long as its not purely for agricultural usage e.g. a "cul de sac" towards farmland. As soon as there are people living at that street, the Postman, Waste collection a school bus_stop is on the street it can't be a track grade1 as thatsfor purely agricultural usage.
  • I dont use address interpolation but only single set nodes. As the OpenRouteService shows interpolation is possible without explicit interpolation.


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