Helsinki Region Transport

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Helsinki Region Transport (HSL) is a joint local public transport authority whose member municipalities are Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Kauniainen, Kerava, Kirkkonummi, Sipoo, Siuntio and Tuusula. HSL began its operations in 2010. This document is an introduction to how HSL uses and contributes to OpenStreetMap.

Scope

HSL uses OSM as the main map data source for all maps - both digital and printed. HSL has created its own visual style for OSM. The OSM based maps are visible eg. on route maps, stop posters and in the journey planner which is a product of the Digitransit-project. HSL edits OSM themselves and encourages the community to do so as well in order to improve the map's accuracy and the journey planner's routing & geocoding services.

Contact

Contact regarding OSM activities : paikkatieto@hsl.fi or User icon 2.svgHSL_HRT (on osm, edits, contrib, heatmap, chngset com.).

Main activities overview

  • Edit OSM based on customer feedback, HSL traffic bulletins and information received from member municipalities
  • Conduct Data imports when necessary
  • Monitor edits and the quality of OSM in general
  • Arrange mapathons and other events in order to spread information

Imports

So far HSL has been involved in two data imports :

Tools and Data Sources

Edits are mainly done with the ID- and JOSM-editors. HSL has also been experimenting with Mapillary to collect street view images to support OSM edits.

Besides all other available datasets eg. National Land Survey-data HSL's own datasets are the main data source when editing OSM. HSL has issued a permission to include these in OSM.

Participants

The team consists of the following active OSM users:

Former team members:

Only HSL_HRT is a direct employee of HSL. All others are acquired resources.

Training/Instructions

The OSM digitransit wiki page, explains in detail how the different HSL resources eg. Journey Planner (Reittiopas) use OSM data.

Hands-on instructions in both english and finnish on how to edit OSM in order to help Journey Planner geocoding & routing and develop the HSL OSM Map...

QA

Information about validation coming up soon.

Events & Presentations

HSL tries to participate in and organize different events and mapathons in order spread information about the mapping project and to improve map quality. This is done in close co-operation with the Finnish Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team. Here's a list of recent events and presentations :

Finnish only

HSL has also regularly been organising an OSM-mapathon at the yearly finnish GIS-expo (Paikkatietomarkkinat).

See also