London, Greater London, United Kingdom
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London is a city in Greater London, United Kingdom at latitude 51°30′26.35″ North, longitude 0°07′39.58″ West. It's the capital of the UK, biggest city in Western Europe, the birthplace of OpenStreetMap, and home to an active OSMLondon community of mappers and map data users running regular events
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A series of London pub meet-ups and mini mapping parties over the winter at the end of 2019, beginning of 2020. These events are free and open to all. We normally have a mixture of old OpenStreetMap hands and new people coming along to find out more. The events might include mapping, but mostly just sitting around in a pub having a friendly chat about little things like mapping the world and releasing it for free! We hope you'll join us! Everyone and anyone is welcome.
We had some events planned in early 2020 which were cancelled, and since then no OpenStreetMap meet-ups because of the virus.
We could do some sort of face-to-face but socially-distanced meet-up, but probably should've done that in the summer when the rules were more relaxed.
We could do a virtual meet-up of some sort. Casual beer chit-chat? Presentations? Screen share while mapping? London mapping still continues, and in fact there's some intereasting Low Traffic Neighbourhoods being updated. Should we be sharing ideas and coodinating on that?
We'll use this wiki page to announce events, as well as. Announcements may come at short notice!
There’s lots of other events in London e.g. tech meet-up groups, for which OpenStreetMap is relevant. Please use the wiki to pro-actively coordinate the setting up of an “OpenStreetMap presence” at these events… or just let us know you're go along (Other OSMers may decide to join you!)
We’ve got a list of London event venues for future events of a non-pub format. Please add to that if you have ideas or if your organisation would like to host or sponsor an event!
This series of events follows on from London/Summer 2019 events
|29th Jun||Bethnal Green Rd||Newspeak House||otc||OSMUK AGM and Wikidata event |
|16th Oct||Tottenham Ct Rd||Blue Posts||-||Pub meet-up.|
|19th Dec 2019||Fleet St||Old Bell||-||Xmas meet-up Pub meet-up.|
|2nd Mar 2020||Parcel Yard||Parcel Yard||-||Pub meet-up|
This list is brought in from the London/Winter 2019-2020 events wiki page (where you can make edits)
- Coverage summary
OpenStreetMap has usable coverage of London and areas within the M25. The coverage density is not as much as the 208 most densely mapped meta tiles in 2013: however, we have mapped nearly all roads and a lot of other features within the M25.
In the early days, we used Yahoo imagery in addition to GPS tracks to sketch in the features, and then add names from Ordnance Survey data. There are some areas which do not have enough detail from surveys and other open data, but in the early days it was worse, with areas around Hillingdon north of Heathrow glowing red on the NoName map. Today, we can use ITO Map to see where we could do a bit more surveying.
For a long time, we have had complete coverage of the London Underground, allowing us to render a Tube Network Map with small details such as track configurations, tunnels and bridges: our List of London Underground stations gives a raw list of stations as we originally surveyed them through GPS. We also have a strong coverage for stations and lines for DLR, Tramlink, London Overground and National Rail networks, and good coverage of most bus routes in London with the help of NaPTAN.
London also has good coverage of specialised information: Amaroussi has added and maintained Street light information for nearly all classified roads, Welshie has been doing most of the speed limits, while other users are adding lanes, sidewalks, surfaces, trees and even the London Congestion Charge.
- Mapping London's bus routes will remain a large and ongoing process, because Transport for London frequently alters bus routes to cater for changing demand.
- Add the Low Emission Zone.
- The public transport scheme is now live, meaning that we will have to update the network: we have to complete the London public transport tagging scheme soon, so that all modes to ensure routing integration and cross-compatibility between the new and old schemes.
- Add missing speed cameras and turn restrictions. They are important if OpenStreetMap is going to be a usable backbone for routing devices.
- OpenStreetMap is 10 years old this year, and urban regeneration is rendering some areas out of date: for example, the Heygate Estate in Southwark is being demolished and the Alma Estate in Ponders End will follow from next year.
London is subdivided into 32 boroughs. Within our data we see these represented as admin boundaries, which are now all mapped out. See London borough boundaries for details and links to these.
London boroughs are also UK local councils of course, and with all of these it would be fantastic to see them making use of open geodata from OpenStreetMap, working with our community to supply change updates, or partnering with us to engage local communities via the process of OpenStreetMapping.
We could create wiki pages about the London boroughs.
Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Bexley, Brent, Bromley, Camden, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, City of London, Merton, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond upon Thames, Southwark, Sutton, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth, Westminster
…but note that wiki pages about small areas can fall into disuse quite easily, so don’t be too ambitious with info requiring updates. The London boroughs might be a useful subdivision for tracking mapping progress, but probably not through manual updating of wiki pages. One automated tool which uses the subdivision to good effect already is the OSM and OSL differences analysis e.g. see the report for Camden
Out-of-copyright maps of London
There are some Out-of-copyright maps which feature London at low details levels. The most detailed is Richard's scans of the 1933/34 ABC Street Atlas of London (Torrent) (Alternative). Back in the early days (2007) we were able to try and use these to fill in some London details, or at least help us not get lost while we mapped London ourselves! These days there's nothing we can learn from them which isn't already better mapped in OpenStreetMap.
- London Cycle Network
- London Cycle Hire
- London Tube Stations
- London bus routes
- "Lost Rivers" of London
- https://fred.dev.openstreetmap.org/density/ (accessed 15 July 2014).