On the afternoon of Friday 2nd March I was at the UCL mapping party for the MSc students on a development planning course. In a similar style to Andy Allan on various previous occasions, I found it pretty interesting to see the various issues that the students came across when starting to use OpenStreetMap data for their course work.
Here’s a list of things that people had a problem with:
- If there is an error loading an invalid GPS trace into Potlatch 2, then Potlatch 2 just stalled during the startup rather than displaying a useful error message and continuing to load.
- Many of the users when working in advanced mode managed to enter a value, and with the way that they clicked somewhere else before entering the value, which meant that the key would disappear and confuse users.
- It would be nice to be able to give a nice notice when a user enters a key or value in sentence case when lower case would be expected.
- It is very hard to select a node at the end of a way.
- There was confusion about the 3 editor options in the menu that drops down from the Edit tab.
- The lack of accessibility mapping features in the presets made it more difficult to get them up to speed quickly.
- Building entrances are missing from the presets.
- How are people supposed to know to shift click to add a node in the middle of a way.
- Potlach2 can’t handle more than one major feature at a time, for example a building and a place of worship.
- No highway crossing preset.
- Easier setup of custom Potlach 2 with custom MapCSS. Maybe some form of GUI to create those files?
- How do you take a scanned map and put it as a background?
- Many people had questions around why the detailed data they were adding wasn’t showing on the map, for example why were disabled parking spaces not showing up with a specific disable parking space symbol in Potlatch 2.
- The help font size in Potlatch 2 is a bit on the small side, thus can be difficult to read for some users.
- After creating a GPS trace in an app on the mobile, how to get it and the photos into the editor.