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Suffolk, East of England

latitude: 52.16359, longitude: 1.09812
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Suffolk is a county in East of England at latitude 52°09′48.92″ North, longitude 1°05′53.23″ East.

Suffolk relation 28595 is a ceremonial county and non-metropolitan county in the East of England region bordering Essex, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk.

Districts in Suffolk

The non-metropolitain county of Suffolk is divided into seven districts. For information about specific settlements within Suffolk please refer to the appropriate District page.

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Area Cities Towns Villages Notes Boundary Relation
Babergh relation 53322
Forest Heath relation 53356
Ipswich relation 53324
Mid Suffolk relation 53332
St Edmundsbury relation 53337
Suffolk Coastal relation 53375
Waveney relation 53368

Improving the Map

Roads, rivers, railways and other basic features are mapped completely.

House numbers and buildings are missing throughout the county. Users in towns (e.g. Ipswich, Bury St. Edmunds and Lowerstoft) should try and map as many housenumbers as possible. If you can't go out and survey, try adding buildings. Here is a tutorial on how to add lots of buildings in JOSM.

Surveying tools include: Keypad mapper, streetcomplete and field papers.

Streetcomplete requires you to have drawn the buildings first before you can survey housenumbers (refer to the linked tutorial).

Keypadmapper is an out of date software (you can still use it). It requires knowledge of JOSM and you have to clean up the address data you have collected afterwards.

Fieldpapers lets you print out a map of an area (with bing imagery for example), and you can mark the housenumber on top of the building with a pen as you walk through some neighbourhoods with a pen and pad.

Shops in local areas, as well as shops on high streets & town centres are missing in most of Suffolk. This will require surveys. You can take geo-located photos of the shop (osmand and keypad mapper allow you to do this), although this is quite intrusive. On the other hand, you can make a note (with osmand or streetcomplete) with the name of the shop, and then look up extra information through the shops website. Beware though, many shops don't have websites, in which case do NOT enter information from sources such as Tripadvisor or Google Maps. (Facebook pages created by the business owner is a more grey area - that might be acceptable).

Shop data is extremely valuable, arguably some of the most valuable info.

Bus routes & train routes are also missing in most of Suffolk. This is significantly more difficult to map. If you know how to map bus routes, however, you can use the website to find bus timetables and maps (this is all open data). This will make mapping bus routes in public transport version 2 easier.

It will also allow you to rename bus stops in OSM that have been renamed in real life. Many of the bus stops that are present are from and old import, so many have now been removed or renamed. If you find a bus stop that has been removed, you can change the tag "highway=bus_stop" to "disused:highway=bus_stop" or "removed:highway=bus_stop" instead of actually deleting the node.

The members of walking routes & cycling routes also may have lost their order due to not being maintained. You probably will have to re-order local cycle/walking routes that aren't commonly paid attential to. (If you don't know what this means, you first need to learn how relations work - but this is relatively advanced).

Between the A12 (north of ipswich) and A14 north of ipswich, many farmlands are missing. Draw a area for each individual farmland, mark it as "landuse=farmland" and make sure to link up adjacent farmlands. Do not link up farmland with paths or roads however.