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 Washington state and Serbia. We are not making bulk edits, automated imports or algorithmic 'robot' edits in to OSM anywhere. A full list of our team members OSM usernames can be found on our team Github page here.

Goals

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

  • Turn Restrictions
  • Signposts
  • Lanes and Turn Lanes
  • Boundaries
  • New roads
  • Road names
  • Oneways
  • Traffic Signals
  • Natural features

This is not an exhaustive list.

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.

Tools

Our team primarily uses JOSM for editing. We use our own internal instance of Tasking Manager to organize some aspects of our work, but primarily use Map roulette for organized activities. We use public instances of OSM QA tools such as Osmose, KeepRight, OSMCha.

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 vet the license before using the dataset.

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

You can contact the team through openmaps@microsoft.com.

A current list of the mapping team members can be found here (link).

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

See also

Open Street Map's Directed_Editing_Policy