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ШТОСМ: GPSies будет на лифлете

blogs.openstreetmap.org - jeu 8 déc 2011 - 21:03
После недавнего анонса гуглем платы за использование их картоапи посыпались новости о том, как сайты один за другим открывают для себя OSM. Чрезмерно популярный в велосипедных кругах GPSies.com обнаружил себя в числе «несчастливых» 0,35%, и автор сайта, без того тратящий непомерные суммы на сервера, решил не платить дополнительно гуглю сотню долларов в день, а перейти на Leaflet + OSM. Пока, пишет он, переписывание кода идёт бодро, и скоро в настройках появится галочка для переключения API. А в начале следующего года всякое упоминание о гугле исчезнет с сайта насовсем. Плохая, злая корпорация — изыди!javascript, проекты

Coyote CEO: “Revenue is up 40% this Year“

GpsBusinessNews - jeu 8 déc 2011 - 17:31
Following the debates and upcoming changes in the laws related to speedcam warning systems in France last summer, GPS Business News interviewed with Fabien Pierlot, CEO of the market leader Coyote System to understand the latest dynamics in the market and the impact on its business. GPS Business News: The association of speedcam warning...

Coyote CEO: “Revenue is up 40% this Year“

GpsBusinessNews - jeu 8 déc 2011 - 17:31
Following the debates and upcoming changes in the laws related to speedcam warning systems in France last summer, GPS Business News interviewed with Fabien Pierlot, CEO of the market leader Coyote System to understand the latest dynamics in the market and the impact on its business. GPS Business News: The association of speedcam warning...

TomTom Slashes 10% Workforce

GpsBusinessNews - jeu 8 déc 2011 - 11:01
TomTom today announced will reduce the number of full time jobs by 457, which accounts for approximately 10% of the total workforce. 255 roles will be made redundant, half of which are in The Netherlands. The remainder will be achieved through attrition, explained TomTom.

TomTom also said it will reorganise the research and developmen...

TomTom Slashes 10% Workforce

GpsBusinessNews - jeu 8 déc 2011 - 11:01
TomTom today announced will reduce the number of full time jobs by 457, which accounts for approximately 10% of the total workforce. 255 roles will be made redundant, half of which are in The Netherlands. The remainder will be achieved through attrition, explained TomTom.

TomTom also said it will reorganise the research and developmen...

Mappa Mercia (UK Midlands): Birmingham prepares for winter

blogs.openstreetmap.org - mer 7 déc 2011 - 21:57

This statue can be found in the heart of the Bullring retail complex right in front of the Rotunda. I was tempted to tag it with  woolly_jumper=yes!

For those of you reading this from outside the UK who think the English are kind to animals I bet you didn't think we were kind even to statues of animals

NNG: “We have Orders for 4.6m Automotive Nav Licenses in Next 3 Years“

GpsBusinessNews - mer 7 déc 2011 - 10:31
NNG, The developer of iGO Navigation software said this week “to have already signed agreements with global car OEMs to deliver another 4.6 million licenses in the next 2-3 years, aiming at significant international growth in 2012.“ Beyond these signed orders, the company forecast an annual doubling of production over the coming years,...

Telmap Shares Metrics of Restaurant Coupons Usage

GpsBusinessNews - mer 7 déc 2011 - 7:40
During the third quarter of 2011 mobile navigation provider Telmap partnered with 'REST', Israel’s leading restaurant guide, and launched location-aware restaurant coupons as part of the Telmap Mobile Location Companion in Israel. Telmap indicates that 29% of users who accessed the widgets carousel on the app, used it to access 'REST'...

Nick Whitelegg/Freemap: New version of OpenTrail

blogs.openstreetmap.org - mer 7 déc 2011 - 0:35

Would like to announce an update to the walkers’ Android OSM app OpenTrail. Other than the augmented reality stuff (now separated out, see recent posts), I haven’t really had the chance to add any new features to OpenTrail until now; the last release back in March included Freemap and OS out of copyright maps and the ability to add annotations in the field.

However I’ve made a start on adding new features to OpenTrail with a view to developing it into a full-featured walkers’ app. You can now search for selected nearby points of interest (pubs, restaurants, places and peaks); the POIs are downloaded from the Freemap server and then cached on the device. Also, existing annotations and walk notes are also now overlaid on the map.

I’m hoping to do some more work on OpenTrail in the coming weeks/months, the long-term aim being an open-source version of something like Memory Map. One feature I’ve had in mind for a while is for the app to display annotations and notes to the user in the field as alert boxes (probably accompanied by some form of alert sound) as they pass its location. This should be fairly simple to implement and could have a number of uses, for instance, a user could be presented with some information about a view or a place of historical interest as they pass it, or could be presented with directions at a location where it’s easy to get lost. I can envisage this working as follows. Someone follows a path, loses their way temporarily, finally finds the path, and then records instructions in OpenTrail and uploads them to the server. A later walker could then be presented with the same instructions automatically as they pass the same spot.

I’m also aiming to integrate with Freemap walking routes, so that, for example, a user could search for walking routes in their area. However, I’m planning (time permitting of course, as always) on overhauling walking routes as part of a new and quite significantly different “development” version of Freemap (running alongside the main site) in which I aim to experiment with client-side rendering using kothic-js (see last post), so addition of walking routes to OpenTrail will be in conjunction with this. The current walking routes code in Freemap is slow and inefficient, particularly now that the volume of data has increased. So I started looking round for pre-built solutions and came across pgRouting, which adds routing functionality to a PostGIS database. Got step one done here: it’s built and installed successfully and I’ve managed to import some OSM data using osm2pgrouting. Next step will be to see if it actually routes between two points quickly and efficiently; if so I plan on using it to work out a walking route of underlying OSM ways given a set of user-specified points. However, to avoid the DB getting too big (and thus, possibly, slow) the walk route functionality might be restricted to selected areas of the UK initially.

Anyway, where is OpenTrail? It’s available here, if you find any bugs let me know.

Renault Unveils R-Link in-Car Tablet & App Store

GpsBusinessNews - mar 6 déc 2011 - 22:14
Today in Paris at the Le Web conference French car maker Renault unveiled an in-car connected tablet offering navigation (TomTom Live), apps (such as Coyote) and more.

So called “R-Link“, it has a 7-inch (18cm) touch screen and it will equip many of upcoming Renault cars, including the ZOE and New Clio.

“In keeping with its determination t...

Mark Iliffe: markiliffe

blogs.openstreetmap.org - mar 6 déc 2011 - 18:27

This blog post isn’t a formal evaluation of the usability of OSM’s software or the equipment used for mapping. It is not meant to attack particular software; The software and implementation of OSM deserves many medals with equal amount of recognition.

This post is about things I noticed while mapping in Tandale, there is no statistical analysis, I have no dependent or independent variables, it’s based mainly around anecdotes and conversations with people. Though this doesn’t exist as a formal ethnography, it could serve for some useful pointers in future.

JOSM

As we had netbooks with a small-ish (11″) screen-size and a trackpad, mice are essential for mappers getting started. In month spent in Tandale the designated editors have become JOSM gods with the majority of students and community members having fair literacy within JOSM’s processes. However when starting, the software was made accessible to the mappers purely through using a mouse. Most of the mappers were familiar with mice, whereas a trackpad was a piece of technology that wasn’t commonly used.

Conflicts commonly occurred within JOSM, in that groups where editing and uploading areas that they had mapped independently. This was difficult to control at first, as we had started with a blank slate, however boundaries of the sub-wards was relatively well known and demarcated by physical boundaries. Regardless groups wandered into areas which weren’t theirs to map. With the division of labour, in that roughly half were mappers undertaking the bulk of the surveying and with the others editing. When conflicts occurred the process was occasionally esoteric, especially if the group in question had been editing for a while.

To counter this I requested that each of the different sub-ward teams follow the mantra of save, upload and download often. Unfortunately this, on many an occasion, fell on deaf ears. This just meant conflicts were a laborious process, how could they be made better? Also JOSM’s autosave feature was a godsend, inevitably something would crash, causing people to start again.

Within the final presentation to the wider community and stakeholders, one of the points raised was incorrect spelling. There is autocomplete in JOSM, however it seems that if a spelling mistake got in first, like ‘Madrasah’ (an Islamic school, with debate on its correct spelling anyway) this would filter down, with the new mappers believing that the system is right. This would start adding clunky bits of software onto something that was never designed for spelling correction, but should plugins be created to improve this?

OSM Tagging

Due to the informal economy within the slums formal medical advice and dispensing is very rare. The community-at-large simply cannot afford ‘professional’ medical care. This has led to ‘dawa’ – medicine – shops dispensing everything from medical advice to prescription medication. Formally defining these structures into OSM is difficult, we could just create custom presets, it’s something done within Map Kibera and Map Mathare.

The issue here is that we are using the same ‘custom’ presets repeatedly. It surely would be better to include the commonly used attributes (common when mapping in environments such as Tandale/Mathare/Kibera) in the JOSM package itself? Is this feasible?

Satellite Image Tracing

One of the experiments that ‘failed’ was the tracing of satellite imagery. Bing were very kind in releasing their imagery to the OSM community to derive data, and our initial idea was to derive building outlines from this imagery. Initially it was perceived that tracing went well, some buildings weren’t quite perpendicular but using JOSM’s built in ‘q’ function fixed this. When map completeness was approaching, validation errors were caught informing that pathways were going through buildings and vice-versa. There are three explanations for this;

  1. The GPS has recorded an inaccurate position, i.e. path through the environment due to the accuracy being imprecise. (Technology Error)
  2. When editing the editor has generalised a GPS position or incorrectly mapped a building. (Human Error)
  3. The imagery is not rectified properly, or some error exists in the processing/the quality of a ‘high’ enough quality with which to derive information. (Human and Technology Errors)

These factors are a combination of human and technical problems, in this case I believe it is a culmination of each of the factors. Some of them, especially with image quality and GPS accuracy would presumably need some sort of best practice to be implemented. Other sources of human error in the editing process are harder problems, especially without a comparable dataset, this is a more open ended problem.

Rendering

When I joined OSM I was a student in a foreign city, with no map with which to explore with. A massively pro open source friend recommended the OSM project. I already had a GPS from my time working at a camping store during summer holidays  so it was a match made in heaven really. My first edit was of the D400 road from Nancy to Lunéville around 2007/8 then I set to work in the area.

The community was very small and so, presumably was the power of the servers; it would take a few days for anything to be rendered on the OSM homepage. Now something uploaded can take anything from five minutes to an hour. The server administrators deserve more recognition in their services, so if you meet them, buy them a drink – they deserve it.

Summary

In summary, I believe that the tools we use in OSM are great, none of what I’ve written is a slant at a particular software or person. I believe that we should however consider certain points about widening access to the software in making it more usable. I also welcome comments below!

Written and submitted from the World Bank Offices, Washington DC (38.899, -77.04256)


OpenStreetMap Spain: OpenStreetMap pide donaciones para financiar un nuevo servidor

blogs.openstreetmap.org - mar 6 déc 2011 - 13:39

Durante los últimos días se han producido algunos hitos relacionados con el proyecto OpenStreetMap:

Ahora, sin embargo, es OpenStreetMap (y en concreto, la Fundación sin ánimo de lucro que mantiene sus servidores), la que pide vuestra colaboración. Aunque el proyecto no corre un riesgo urgente de ser cerrado, el constante crecimiento de su popularidad hace que cada vez sus recursos se queden más pequeños y sea necesario escalar. De hecho, hace unas semanas se tuvo que establecer una nueva política de uso del servidor de teselas ya que había algunos programas que abusaban del servicio que proporcionaba gratuitamente OSM. Para solucionar todo ello, se ha identificado la necesidad de compra de un nuevo servidor que se usará para:

  • Mantener una copia online de la base de datos, reduciendo el tiempo de recuperación a horas o minutos, en vez de días o semanas
  • Investigar técnicas de optimización de rendimiento, lo cual sería peligroso si se ejecutaran en el servidor real
  • Balancear la carga en lecturas


Tenéis más detalles en inglés de las razones por las cuales se piden donaciones y cómo van a ser usados en la Wiki de OpenStreetMap y en el blog de la Fundación.

Recordamos que la Fundación no tiene ni un solo empleado en nómina, y que todos los contribuidores son voluntarios, desde la junta directiva hasta los administradores de sistemas.

La dirección de internet desde la cual podéis realizar vuestras aportaciones es:

donate.openstreetmap.org/server2011/

El objetivo es llegar a los 17.500 euros estimados de coste lo antes posible. ¡Esperamos vuestra colaboración!

TomTom Buys out JV Partner in Thailand

GpsBusinessNews - mar 6 déc 2011 - 9:30
TomTom today announced to have increased its stake in its Thailand joint venture from 80% to 100%. This buy-out gives TomTom full control of its map operations in this emerging market. The joint venture will be renamed TomTom (Thailand) Co. Ltd. 

“Thailand is a key market for us in APAC. It is seen as the automotive centre of South-East Asia...

Shopping Center Owner DDR Uses Location-Based Texts to Drive Customer Loyalty

GpsBusinessNews - mar 6 déc 2011 - 7:29
Shopping center landloard DDR Corp. (NYSE: DDR) yesterday announced the launch of ValuText, a location-based, mobile marketing service designed to drive sales at 27 of its open air shopping centers.

Powered by San Francisco-based Placecast, ValuText will send immediate offers from retailers within a designated shopping center via text messag...

ШТОСМ: Вебигис 2011, часть 4: Презентации и доклады

blogs.openstreetmap.org - mar 6 déc 2011 - 2:30
Эта заметка будет пополняться ссылками на доклады и записи выступлений. Видео большинства докладов обещают доделать к концу недели, пятиминутки на камеру не записывались, поэтому ролики сделаны из слайдов и аудиозаписей. Также ждём результатов работы штатного оператора главного зала (со всеми докладами от Komяpы и дальше).

Автор Название Презентация Видео Владимир Елистратов Библиотека djeo: единый API для различных гео-движков Михаил Высоковский UGC-карта как часть большого портала здесь Илья Зверев (Zverik) OpenStreetMap 2012: Проект нужно открывать PDF Кирилл Бестужев (Ezhick) ПокетГИС и Пробковорот нет Дорофей Пролесковский (Komяpa) Использование PostGIS для работы с данными OpenStreetMap PDF Владимир Елистратов Создание контуров зданий для OpenStreetMap по 1-2 фотографиям Александр Дежин Данные OpenStreetMap в формате Shape и PostGIS PDF Александр Зейналов Маршруты общественного транспорта в OpenStreetMap PDF, заметки YouTube Дмитрий Лебедев (siberiano) Ветвления в пространственных базах данных нет Сергей Зайченко Русскоязычные топонимы на карте мира PDF YouTube Илья Зверев (Zverik) MBTiles PDF YouTube Дмитрий Маркасов (AMDmi3) Названия улиц в OpenStreetMap PDF YouTube где карта

CycleStreets: User feedback helps improve Bike Hub app

blogs.openstreetmap.org - mar 6 déc 2011 - 0:38

This is a guest post from Carlton Reid, executive editor of BikeBiz.com and the editor of BikeHub.co.uk. He writes here about the great new facilities in the Bike Hub app, which uses our routing and OpenStreetMap POIs feed.

The latest version of the Bike Hub cycle satnav app is 2.2; I’m currently testing 3.0, due for release soon. The new version will be packed with extra features, many of them suggested by app users.

I’m conflicted by all the additions. On the one hand I’ve always wanted to keep the app plain, simple, focussed. But users have said they want it to be feature rich.

2.2 – released at the end of October – was enriched with a GPX download feature so plotted routes could be emailed to a user for later use, perhaps in a route visualisation programme, such as Google Earth.

I’ve used this feature a couple of times but it’s not what I’d consider the app’s core function: this core function is to be a cycle-specific satnav. We have also been asked to include other ‘performance monitoring’ features but there are many other apps out there that do this well.

It’s a fine balancing act: making the app feature-rich but not so complex that it becomes hard to use or worse, buggy.

The app is a standard satnav in that it routes from A to B. Version 3.0 adds what could be a world exclusive and that’s A to A routing. This makes the app into a touring tool: arrive at a railway station with your bike, fire up the app to guide you on a three hour trip sticky to country pubs and off you go.

Part of this functionality was added to 2.2. You can navigate to and from Points of Interest: ATMs, places of worship, parks, castles and many other PoIs.

Version 3.0 uses this growing database as a tour suggester.

     

Also in version 3.0 – and a much requested feature – is dynamic route recalculation. Stray from the route and the app will suggest you make a u-turn. Stray a bit further and the app will create a new route, on the fly. This is standard on car satnavs, and it’s finally on Bike Hub version 3.0, thanks to app coding work from app developer Tinderhouse and routing tweaks by CycleStreets.

     

Version 3.0 also has tighter integration with CycleStreets, adding a box to input a CycleStreets journey number. This will be useful if you prefer to pre-plan your routes via desktop and then want to transfer the same route to your smartphone.

The most requested feature from users is added in version 3.0. This is map cacheing. Map tiles can be downloaded to a smartphone when in range of wifi or a good 3G signal. Users will still require a phone signal to call down the route from CycleStreets but maps – which can take a while to download in a poor signal area – can now be stored locally. (And deleted later, if wished).

     

I know I’ll use this feature for cycle tours in Northumberland.

The app has evolved greatly since launch and will continue to evolve, thanks to funding from the Bike Hub levy fund. If you have other features you’d like to see added, get in touch. editor at bikehub.co.uk

Carlton Reid

ШТОСМ: Открытая Земля из Космоса

blogs.openstreetmap.org - lun 5 déc 2011 - 20:19
11-й выпуск журнала «Земля из Космоса», лежавший на всех столах на конференции, посвящён открытым данным, и стать тематическим редактором там уговорили Максима Дубинина. Он целенаправленно и настойчиво пинал разных авторов, и в результате я в воскресенье узнал, что у меня появилась первая в жизни публикация. Список всех статей на тему открытых данных и ссылки на соответствующие PDF смотрите в блоге ГИС-Лаба.блоги

Peter Reed: Points of interest gadget

blogs.openstreetmap.org - lun 5 déc 2011 - 18:18
There are something in the region of a thousand scheduled monuments and protected historic buildings within cycling distance of where we now live. Some of them will be worth adding to OSM. I also see some of them as potential destinations or stopping points as I trundle around on the bike. I'm also trying to learn a bit about the area. So I'm interested in what is there, and where it is.

More importantly I felt like tinkering a bit with Openlayers on a smartphone.

So I've made myself a little gadget by kludging together various bits. There's a KML file of points of interest that I scraped (using Perl) from various published lists. I then edited the examples of Openlayers that use geolocation, display the OSM map, and overlay a KML file. The result is that I now have an "app" (really a web page with a slippy map) that works on a smartphone to mark Points of Interest with a pushpin. It follows me around, staying centred on my current location. A brief description of each point will pop up when a pin is touched.

For me it was a bit of a learning curve to get this working, but that says more about my limited expertise than it does about how difficult it really is. In truth none of it is very complicated.

To begin with I found it most useful at pointing out things that I hadn't noticed beforehand. Several buildings that I had been passing without a second glance turned out to be more interesting than I realised.

Now I've tried using it to locate a specific destination - and that worked fine as well. As I came home on a bitterly cold evenng it occurred to me that when our visitors arrive for Christmas and want to explore the area, we can send them out with this - while we stay warm indoors.

Pre-loading a smart phone with a collection of things that need fixing on the map seems like something that would be useful to the OSM community. An even larger group of people might like to pre-load the equivalent of a local guide-book.

Somebody must already have thought of this, and produced something a bit more sophisticated than my little gadget.

But who?

Skobbler Claims 2m App Downloads

GpsBusinessNews - lun 5 déc 2011 - 17:10
German mobile navigation provider Skobbler has announced today to have reached two million downloads since its inception in March 2010. The company has enjoyed a real download bonanza since its new paid turn-by-turn navigation app GPS Navigation 2 was launched on October 12, 2011.

GPS Navigation 2, like its previous version, uses free map dat...

NDrive Launches Nav for bada-powered Samsung Wave 525

GpsBusinessNews - lun 5 déc 2011 - 11:36
Mobile navigation provider NDrive has announced today the availability of its navigation software for the popular Samsung Wave 525 smartphone, powered by the bada operating system.

According to market research firm Gartner, there were 2.5 million bada-powered phones sold in the third quarter of 2011; 80% of this number are 5 models: Wave 525...

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