From a browser, I moved to contributing using GPS Logger or OSMAnd. That made my workflow a lot easier, but these apps are not for editing maps but for regular map use. They are okay if you are not mapping frequently or in mass. So editing flow in these apps is not seamless. Hence I continued to explore other options.
Everything we map goes directly to OpenStreetMap. The data on OpenStreetMap is available for free under ODBL. The easiest way to download Surveillance in Bengaluru data is from Overpass Turbo. I have written some queries below that you can use on Overpass Turbo to get the data. I also have a demo video for you.
It’s tough to self-host the maps for Indie users. We usually host the wrapper and styles but end up using third-party tile providers. Even though there are good FOSS options for that, it’s still cumbersome if you are Indie. But Protomaps makes it easy.
The Indian government maintains the directory and hierarchy of local governments and administrative areas in India called the Local Government Directory (LGD). Recently I wanted to map them to WikiData items. This means I wanted to map the administrative areas in the local government to items on WikiData. Update them if necessary.
Recently I completed 1000 edits on OpenStreetMap. It’s a big deal for me :) It happened because I started making small but useful contributions from my phone. I usually map on the phone and then sometimes update them on the desktop, if required. On the phone, I use the following apps, which makes it super easy to edit.
For last couple of months I have been driving quite a bit inside the city1. The biggest thing I noticed was the amount of public CCTV cameras across the city. I find them in every corner. We don’t know clearly how many of them are there, what’s the spread, who owns them and...