The Bachchao Project hosted the “Data: Public, Private and Beyond” from 12th to 15th May 2023 at Panjim, Goa. It’s an Art on Tech exhibition inspired by The Glass Room. I wanted to go but couldn’t due to personal and work reasons.
I showcased Surveillance in the Bengaluru project to attract more contributors to mapping Surveillance in Bengaluru or other cities.
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.