Which tools are available for mapping?


(TransforMap Collective) #1

There are three tools available, each with different pros and cons.

1. Our online form on semantic wiki: The easiest for people without any special knowledge

Who should use it?
Anyone, from the most IT skilled to the complete digital illiterate.

What you can do:
Submit new places (and also events) using our form on a Semantic Mediawiki

The advantage:
This is a semantic mediawiki, which means that it creates maps automatically for each category just by clicking on the name of the category. As a mediawiki, it is easy for non-techies to use, but it also accomodates a high degree of possible customization for more advanced users. Its already-linked data and translations of categories can be connected with the existing Wikidata. Because this is a wiki, all categories can be further edited by the community to respond in an agile way to people’s needs.

The downside:
You need to login. It looks like a mediawiki and it might seem strange to people who are not used to it… It is not ready for exchanging data with other applications (like OSM) automatically. Whatever you map on the Mediawiki will only be seen there (for the moment).

How to use it?
You need to create a user account to be able to add new Points of Interest (POIs) to the map (POIs are any points on a map, e.g., a community garden).
After registration, you can go directly there, and write the name of the point you want to add to the map in the appropriate field on the page (e.g.,Allmende Kontor). Then, a separate page (containing a form that is self-explanatory) for this point is generated on which you can enter more information about the POI.

If you have questions, how to use the wiki-questionaire, please post them at the [Semantic Mediawiki Discourse page] (http://discourse.transformap.co/c/engineering/semantic-mediawiki).

2. Web-Editor for OpenStreetMap: iD on editor.transformap.co:

Who should use it?
Anyone who wants to add POIs, or Initiatives that are suitable for OpenStreetMap.

What you can do:
Map what’s on the ground. POIs, clubs etc. For events, please use #1, the semantic mediawiki.

The advantage:
Browser-based, and your entries will be directly saved on OpenStreetMap and appear on the TransforMap.co maps right away.

The downside:
It is highly recommended to use a Chrome-based browser. Firefox works, but slow. IE doesn’t generally work.

How to use it?
a) you have to create an Account at openstreetmap.org.
b) go to editor.transformap.co:

  • Search for the place where do you want to map, type e.g. “Vienna” and click the result.
  • Look on the map, if your POI is already there, or place a new marker with the “Point” button.
  • Go through the TransforMap presets and add any values you find appropriate.
  • Click “Save”, enter a short commit message, e.g. “added initiative XY” and click “Save” again.

In a few minutes, your additions should be visible on the maps on TransforMap.co!

You can find the source code here on github.
For discussion about it, see this this Discourse thread.

2.1 A more advanced option: Mapping with the JOSM editor:

Who should use it?
This option is recommended for mappers that are familiar with OpenStreetMap (OSM) editors and anyone who has a couple of hours to learn a new powerful tool.

What you can do with it:
The JOSM editor allows you to add new places (POIs) directly to OpenStreetMap and edit them according to the TransforMap taxonomy.

The advantage:
Your entries will be directly saved on OpenStreetMap and appear on our TransforMap.co maps right away. Working offline is possible, excluding the final upload process, of course.

The downside:
You need to download (83MB!) our customised JOSM editor on your computer. If you are not used to OSM, it also requires a bit of time before you can master the JOSM editor. Processing each POI (Point of Interest) will take quite some time in the beginning.
There is a tutorial in German (PDF) (call for translation). It is quite easy if you are used to OSM.
Only POIs suitable for OSM can be mapped (no events, regions of interest, cancelled or planned projects).

#3. Alternatively, start your own simple map with UMAP.

Here is an introduction: How to make a personalized map with uMap?

Who should use it?
This option is suitable for anyone ready to invest a couple of hours to understand a new tool and wishes to have one map with a link that can be shared around.

What can you do with it?
UMAP1 allows you to easily create your own map and customize it.

The advantage:
It’s easy to use and you don’t need to install anything. Spending a bit more time to understand the various funcitons will also allow you to do a lot of things. You can bulk-import your existing data in various formats (KML, JSON…). And of course you can export it again.

The downside:
UMAP is not yet ready for parallel editing. You can work with more than one person at the same time on your map only if you’re editing different layers. UMAP does not edit directly in OpenStreetMap and so will not appear on transformap.co. It cannot yet be automatically connected to other maps. If you wanrt to further integrate your tools into the TransforMap infrastructure, please use the categories from our taxonomy and give us some feedback about your experiences here.

#4. Additional editors in development or under consideration.

Feel free to propose useful new editing tools here.

#5. Bulk import into OpenStreetMap

If you already have a list of POIs, it may be faster to prepare a bulk import. You can find a How-To here.


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