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Prepared by Ian Lopez presented by Eugene Alvin Villar for State of the Map 2013 Philippines

Prepared by Ian Lopez presented by Eugene Alvin Villar for State of the Map 2013 Philippines

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  • 1. Using OpenStreetMap Quality Assurance Tools Ian Lopez December 2013
  • 2. What are “Quality Assurance Tools” in the OpenStreetMap context?
  • 3. According to the OpenStreetMap Wiki, Quality assurance tools “help lead to better quality of OSM data. Often, the tools achieve this by providing a list of bugs in the data, which mappers can then go and fix using editing tools. The bugs are either automatically detected based on rules and data analysis, or the tools provide a means of manually reporting them, or some combination of the two. There are many different ideas for how to do this, and what kind of bugs to focus on, hence many different tools. ”
  • 4. It means that those tools help improve OpenStreetMap data by looking for and identifying various errors, whether automatically or from on-the-ground surveys. Once identified and connected, errors can be fixed. There are various tools that identify various types of errors.
  • 5. Some QA Tools used by PH-based OSM contributors:
  • 6. Notes Notes, a feature in the OSM website, is used to improve OSM data by adding details that can be added by more experienced OpenStreetMap contributors. It is similar to OpenStreetBugs in many aspects (ability to create or comment anonymously, allows everyone to report cartographically-relevant information for OSMers to act upon) To add a note, click the bottom tool bar button on the right side of the main OSM map. Then, leave a short message on the map if something is missing or obviously wrong, like “new residential road starts here" or “restaurant closed, replaced by a barber shop". Add the message understandably and thoughtfully. In some cases, you may have to be specific (Example: new bakery along X Avenue between 54th and 56th Streets). Notes about notes: Do not add personal notes using this feature.
  • 7. A screenshot showing a recently-added note
  • 8. Keep Right Keep Right checks for data consistencies in OSM data. It checks on the following: •Highways that do not intersect •Highways and waterways that intersect (without a bridge or tunnel tag) •Overlapping ways •Geometry glitches •Turn restrictions •Missing tags •FIXME-tagged items •Intersections without junctions
  • 9. A screenshot showing various errors and issues in Keep Right
  • 10. Validator (JOSM Plugin) Validator used to be a JOSM plugin, but is now an integral part of JOSM. It’s a feature that checks and fixes invalid map data. It checks on and fixes the following: •Duplicated nodes and ways •Self-intersecting ways •Overlapping ways •Crossing ways •Turn restrictions •Missing tags •FIXME-tagged items •Intersections without junctions •Untagged ways
  • 11. A screenshot showing JOSM’s Validator in action
  • 12. OSM Inspector OSM Inspector is a web based debugging tool for advanced OpenStreetMap users offered by Geofabrik, a German company that specializes in cartography. It shows layers specializing in different views, like routing, tagging and geometry. However, some layers like addresses, boundaries and public transportation are limited to Europe. Some countries like Netherlands, Austria and Germany have specialized layers connected with data imports.
  • 13. A screenshot showing OSM Inspector
  • 14. Other QA Tools used by PH-based OSM contributors:
  • 15. Attributions • • • • Slide 1: Map of UP Los Baños, Laguna. Taken from http://tools.geofabrik.de/map/? type=Geofabrik_Topo&lon=121.24150&lat=14.16223&zoom=16 OpenStreetBugs screenshot from http://mapperz.blogspot.com/2009/01/open-street-bugs-goodreporter.html Information taken from various OpenStreetMap Wiki articles: OpenStreetBugs, Notes, OSM Inspector Other screenshots created by Ian Lopez