I have been mapping on OSM for quite some time and have done lots of editing. I've always been interested in maps, and browsing around OSM is something I do in my spare time, so I often come across things that need to be fixed. I haven't had the time lately to work on specific projects, but when I did, there were several types of edits that I did:
- TIGER fixup
- mapping rivers, riverbanks, and streams.
- adding building footprints
- drawing transmission lines
- designating roads as the correct types. Currently trying to push to change US tagging standards to get trunk roads to be used for more than just divided highways.
- other miscellaneous edits
See below for more info on these edits.
I do most of my editing in the Puget Sound area in western Washington. I sometimes edit other locations, too. I mainly do my edits in iD. I sometimes use JOSM but I don't like its interface, so I only use it for doing really complicated edits involving relations.
Last updated: May 12, 2021
There are many projects in which I work on. Here are descriptions of each of the edits I've made.
Roads have always been a big interest of mine and I consider myself to be a roadgeek. Many of my edits have involved roads as a result. Many roads weren't designated as proper types when I started editing OSM, and fixing them has been an ongoing endeavor. Recently been working to change expressways back to
highway=trunk in Georgia, Alabama, and Florida after floridaeditor (on osm, edits, contrib, heatmap, chngset com.) changed most of them to
highway=primary without getting consensus from the community.
Currently involved in the effort to expand the use of
highway=trunk in the US to allow for its tagging on more than just expressways. My proposal for which roads in Washington should be tagged as trunk can be found here.
I also created relations for all of Washington's state routes during summer 2013. This allows the shields to be rendered as seen here. Hopefully one day they will be on the main OSM map.
Many roads in Western Washington are poorly aligned to the satellite imagery, thanks to the lousy TIGER data. Although it is public-domain, it is really bad. It's been many years since I've actually done this extensively, but the TIGER data has improved drastically since I started editing in 2010.
Fixed Areas - Areas where I've done TIGER fixup:
- Downtown Arlington, WA
- East and South part of Marysville, WA as well as downtown Marysville.
- In South Everett, east of I-5/ WA-526 interchange.
- WA 542, Mt Baker Highway (and surrounding roads) near Mt. Baker Ski area.
- Hood River valley near Hood River, OR.
- Yakima, WA.
Rivers, Riverbanks, and Streams
I have mapped:
- Most of the Skykomish river watershed, including some tributaries.
- Skagit and Sauk River
- Pasayten River south of the US-Canada border.
- Chehalis River
The following are a few places where I have mapped buildings:
- Seattle - Prior to the 2013 Seattle building import, I added buildings in several Seattle neighborhoods. Here are places where I've added buildings:
- Lake City
- Jackson Park Golf Course vicinity
As far as I'm aware, all the high-tension power lines in Washington have been added thanks to hard work by zephyr. But there are many 115 kV transmission lines (not to be confused w/ higher-voltage lines on towers) that need to be added to OSM. Between 2013 and 2014, this is what I did:
- Snohomish County PUD: Done. The transmission lines along US-2 and the BNSF RR line are what got me started in July 2013, and then I got addicted to adding powerlines. Also I mapped PSE's 230/115 kV powerlines that go thru Snohomish County up to the Sedro-Wooley Substation.
- Seattle City Light: Done - I added all the transmission lines in North Seattle as well as the approximate routes of the underground transmission lines using info on Seattle City Light's website.
- Puget Sound Energy: Completed King County, Kittitas County, and Kitsap peninsula; mostly finished Pierce County, and did a little bit of work in Thurston County.
- Tacoma Power - Done
- Jefferson County PUD - Done with powerlines near Port Townsend
- Chelan County - Did some work here
There are also some other types of edits I do. From late 2012 to early 2013, I did some improvements to ferry routes and terminals because of my then-budding interest in ferries. The biggest thing I did was to improve the accuracy of the ferry routes in the San Juan Islands. Also, I've done a bit of work on fixing coastlines because the PGS data is pretty inaccurate.