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|I use or have experience with a Global Sat BU 353 GPS device.|
|I use or have experience with the JOSM editor.|
This is pavi aka pavithran .
My OSM Diary which I use more for asking questions ;) is where I write my experiences.
- Do check it out.
Nice phone ie Nice GPS chipset. I used Nokia sports tracker application from Nokia website .. It was a very nice experience to record trials on a motorcycle .
The GPS chipset really is very weak . It just cant catch the signals from the satellites. It gives very inaccurate readings. I have been using trails,mapzen ( POI) and xGPS apps on it.
I would recommend Mapgen POI editor for collecting POI's but you need to patiently wait at a place for the signals . Also a bit of fiddling to get the accurate place .
Motion - X - GPS is a good tool which draws lines on the routes which you have covered over a OSM layer . Unfortunately it couldn't export waypoints with the track . PS: I no longer have an iphone !
Globalsat BU 353
I am using this device with my netbook EEE 901 . Debian GNU/Linux just works with it :)
- gpsd - The daemon which needs to run to catch the signals from the satellite .
- xgps - a nice X based app which shows the satellite fix also shows in circles where the satellites are ( green for on and red for off )
- gpxlogger - simple app to log the tracks .
Yes the complaint that it needs some time to get the fix is correct . But after that it runs nicely . I wonder if something happens after an hour or so because th track goes off /diverts to something very wrong . I was taking tracks with a motorbike hence might have disturbed the device on bumpy roads.
Good GPS chipset even worked while taking tracks from a metro train . As all GPS 's on phone, yes its a battery drainer . Apps include :
- gpxlogger : records GPS and could add waypoints
- Maep: For Maps
- Mappero : for maps
- Maps : The default nokia maps are also good, but it kind of forces the GPS search .
I started as everyone starts with potlatch . I just hated the yahoo imagery and the time it takes to load on slow indian connections . After that when I got the gps tracks it was a pleasent ride with potlatch but nevertheless it had something missing .
With its bing integration and a pleasant look P2 would help bring many newbies to contribute . Thanks a lot RichardF :D (Personally JOSM is still my favourite )
I installed java only for JOSM and I am not regretting it ! A great piece of software . Plugins like WMS,validator are just amazing . The learning curve is steep but with what you can do with JOSM its really worth the effort. I also liked the feature in which the slow moving GPS device is shown in red while fast tracks are shown in green . That would help me know where I stopped .
Having used it for a long time , I am more than content with JOSM but it is still very hard to convince a newbie to use JOSM :(
Being a part of community feels nice . Here are some of the events I attended/participated/organised .
- PyCon India 2010 - Tracked areas near the venue MSRIT . Gave a lightning talk on OSM
- BarCamp Kerala - Gave a talk on OSM and desi maps .
- National Council on Academics and Research - Hyderabad 2010 - Gave a talk on local maps and how important data is to a map .
- Minidebconf India Mangalore 2011 - Talk and workshop making students trace their Nitte village .
- Nitte2012 - Workshop revisiting Nitte improve their map . Press report by the Hindu
I love the impact of map data on to a rendered map , yes how it is rendered matters more to me as a visual guy :)
Primarily there are two renderering engines I used .
- Mapnik : Style is very easy to fix and is widely used . But it has a huge installation dependency and needs configuration which is not recommended for Home machines .
- Osmarender : Style is harder to fix,the base style couldn't handle much of clutter . The cool thing is it could be used on Home !
The best thing is it supports Telugu fonts . :)