I thought I would start this thread for updating OpenStreet Maps (OSM) in our cities. My intent isn’t to create a thread that is “I have this street, can you look at it?” but as a place to talk about the systemic nature of the interplay between CityStrides and OSM.
In trying to be a good citizen to both platforms, I am editing OSM to be accurate to the world around us, recognizing that OSM is used extensively for public and commercial applications that don’t include crazy runners trying to play global Pacman, and to that end,
I have a couple questions that may help kick this off to frame the issues:
How frequently does CS update from OSM?
What data is CS filtering out as non-runable? That is to say, it currently excludes freeways and driveways, but I’m seeing some service roads and private roads that haven’t filtered out. Is there a list that we could help collaborate on as to what is reasonable to expect a runner to accomplish?
Does anyone know the extent to which OSM is relied upon outside a bunch of map geeks? If we edit someone’s road to make it their driveway, is there a tie-in to state, provincial, county, city maps that we are screwing with? (I understand that each municipality may have a different reliance)
Learning OSM has been a fun exercise, but it is ultra powerful and I feel like a novice playing around in a very important sandbox. I just want to figure out the edges of CityStrides’ reliance on the data that we enter and how we can improve CS’ node management.