Organised Editing/Activities/Microsoft

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This page describes common properties of the directed editing activities by the Open Maps team at Microsoft. The most up to date information on our current Open maps activities can be found on our Github repository.

This page is still in the drafting stage. Thank you for your patience.

About our team

The Open Maps team on Microsoft is a small team working to improve the data quality for OpenStreetMap. Our team is located in India, Serbia, and Washington state. We are not making bulk edits, automated imports or algorithmic 'robot' edits in to OSM anywhere. A Link to our GitHub page where our future projects, tasks, team members and more can be found. A full list of our active team members OSM usernames can be found below:

List of current OSM Editors [Last updated 7/13/2022]:
aleksaJov jula_2106 Priya1904
Aleksandar Matejevic KevinWalshe PulisakZ
Aleksandar1994 kfremd rajkumar ch
Alfroeter kwametedros rocky2109
AndjelaS LakatosVL sansmapper
AndreThib Land-o Calrissian Snalla
Balla GRR24 Imscheurer Snehit_Tadepalli
borovac lucsalmons spanda
BrackoNe magrej Sree1922
cahartig MajaMaravic swapnav
DareDJ manoj@123 TaraV
Evan_Cho miroslavuzice87 udaykota
GovindHH Misa_zumba
Jaecord mmekala

Goals

Our goal is to improve OpenStreetMap for our customers and local communities. Here are some examples of features we commonly focus on:

  • Turn Restrictions
  • Signposts
  • Boundaries
  • New roads
  • Road names
  • One-ways
  • Traffic Signals
  • Natural features
  • Variant names and Translations

This is not an exhaustive list and will be expanded upon in the future.

Mapping Projects

Our list of active mapping projects is found here. You can leave comments and feedback directly with the relevant Github issue. If you do not have a Github account, please feel free to post your questions and feedback in the Discussion section of this page. We will also validate data issues using Atlas Checks periodically in markets where we are active. A list of descriptions and links to documentation for individual checks can be found here.

Below is a short list of the regions that our teams have worked in, continue to work in, and are working towards. List will be updated regularly upon new project announcements and completion.

Current and Past project status
Country/Region Project List Current Status Last updated
North America Roads, Road features, POIs, Logical Fixes, Atlas Checks, Announced 7/6/2022
Nordic region Roads, Road features, POIs, Logical Fixes, Atlas Checks, In Progress 9/19/2022
British Isles Roads, Road features, POIs, Logical Fixes, Atlas Checks, Ireland Settlements In Progress 9/19/2022
Middle East Roads, Road features, POIs, Logical Fixes, Atlas Checks In Progress 4/28/2022
Central Asia Roads, Road features, POIs, Logical Fixes, Atlas Checks In Progress 4/28/2022
Africa Roads, Road features, POIs, Logical Fixes, Atlas Checks Maintenance 9/19/2022
Caribbean region Roads, Road features, POIs, Logical Fixes, Atlas Checks Maintenance 4/28/2022
Argentina Roads, Road features, POIs, Logical Fixes, Atlas Checks Maintenance 4/28/2022
Brazil Roads, Road features, POIs, Logical Fixes, Atlas Checks Maintenance 4/28/2022
Sri Lanka Roads, Road features Maintenance 4/28/2022
Uruguay Roads, Road features, POIs, Logical Fixes, Atlas Checks Maintenance 4/28/2022
Paraguay Roads, Road features, POIs, Logical Fixes, Atlas Checks Maintenance 4/28/2022
Bolivia Roads, Road features, POIs, Logical Fixes, Atlas Checks Maintenance 4/28/2022
Chile Roads, Road features, POIs, Logical Fixes, Atlas Checks Maintenance 4/28/2022
Ecuador Roads, Road features, POIs, Logical Fixes, Atlas Checks Maintenance 4/28/2022
Peru Roads, Road features, POIs, Logical Fixes, Atlas Checks Maintenance 4/28/2022
French Guiana Roads, Road features, POIs, Logical Fixes, Atlas Checks Maintenance 4/28/2022
Suriname Roads, Road features, POIs, Logical Fixes, Atlas Checks Maintenance 4/28/2022
Guyana Roads, Road features, POIs, Logical Fixes, Atlas Checks Maintenance 4/28/2022
Venezuela Roads, Road features, POIs, Logical Fixes, Atlas Checks Maintenance 4/28/2022
Colombia Roads, Road features, POIs, Logical Fixes, Atlas Checks Maintenance 4/28/2022
Papua New Guinea Roads, Road features, POIs, Logical Fixes Maintenance 4/28/2022
New Caledonia Roads, Road features, POIs, Logical Fixes Maintenance 4/28/2022
Fiji Roads, Road features, POIs, Logical Fixes Maintenance 4/28/2022
New Zealand Roads, Road features, POIs, Logical Fixes Maintenance 4/28/2022
Australia* Roads, Road features, Waterbodies, POIs, Logical Fixes, Atlas Checks Maintenance 4/28/2022

* Australia did not have a GitHub Issue page set up when the team originally went into the country. However, the team did reach out to the local community ahead of its work for the region. Any future work will have an issue page set up for it and posted here.

Terms:

Announced: The team is planning on contributing to the region soon. Projects are being planned for the region and research is being conducted.

In Progress: The team is working on multiple projects to help improve the data for the region at this current time.

Maintenance: While the team has moved onto the next region, there still are significant efforts to continue improving the data for this area.

Tools

Our team primarily uses JOSM for editing.

The team also utilizes MapRoulette challenges for most of the projects.

We use public instances of OSM QA tools such as Osmose, KeepRight, OSMCha and more.

Data

We use many of the data sources that are publicly available to all OSM mappers as JOSM layers.

Whenever we use third party datasets, we list those datasets as part of our project description. We only use datasets that have a license that is known to be compatible with ODbL. When in doubt, we reach out to LWG to look over and approve the license before using the dataset. If there is any conflict about a dataset, please feel free to contact us below.

Sponsorship

Bing is a Gold corporate member of the OSM Foundation, and supporter of State of the Map events.

Year Event Sponsorship
2019 State of the Map Gold
2019 State of the Map US Gold
2019 FOSS4G SOTM Oceania Platinum
2018 State of the Map Gold
2018 State of the Map US Gold
2017 State of the Map Gold
2017 State of the Map US Gold
2015 State of the Map US Bronze
2011 State of the Map Platinum
2010 State of the Map Platinum

Contact

If there are any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to contact our team through openmaps@microsoft.com.

Our policy is to respond to any mapping related inquiry within 24 business hours.

See also

Open Street Map's Directed_Editing_Policy