Sat 28 Mar 2020

UK Quarterly Project Q2 2020

Gareth L Public Seen by 56

Ideas on what to focus on in Q2 of 2020

We've got a list of some qp ideas on the wiki page here https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Talk:UK_Quarterly_Project

Considering the limitations of doing in person surveys at the moment, an idea of something that can be armchair mapped using other existing sources would be excellent.

Q1 had Major roads and GP surgeries as the runner up votes when polled.


Gareth L Sat 28 Mar 2020

In talk-gb there was a discussion of surveying and adding places which would refill your water bottle. I personally thought that whilst having this data is desirable, it alone is a bit of a 1 dimensional QP.

Then I thought about some interest we've had from EV chargers being mapped and considered having it as a 'refill locations' where water and electric car charging points could be mapped. But with so many movement restrictions at the moment, it's put a damper on that idea.

A road corridors and trunk roads could be a good one to do, perhaps focussing on lighting, lanes, speed limits. there's a lot of data available through street level imagery services like mapillary. Some of the data might be getting a bit stale, but should mostly be correct.


Martin Lucas-Smith Sat 28 Mar 2020

Just to say that within a month or two, we should have a massive pile of data in London ready for conflation:

As stated there, TfL is going to be putting in some resource but it will need additional time input from the OSM community.

This dataset has the massive advantage in armchair mapping terms that there are two photos of every single asset location. It is also already confirmed as OSM-compatible in licensing terms by the LWG.

Richard is making great progress with conversion work and will hopefully post to talk-gb soon. He is very positive about the value of this data to OSM.


Andy Mabbett Sat 28 Mar 2020

GP surgeries - and other NHS venues - would be minor but appropriate way of showing our support for health workers.


Yorvik Prestigitor Sun 29 Mar 2020

I agree with Andy, checking hospitals, GP surgeries and pharmacies are on the map could make the map very useful at this time.
You can find all NHS registered doctors at https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/find-a-gp and hospitals at https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/other-services/Hospital/LocationSearch/7 (might be a list of GPs at https://digital.nhs.uk/services/organisation-data-service/data-downloads/gp-and-gp-practice-related-data can't tell)
There are 7454 GP practices in UK and maybe less than 5000 are on openstreetmap. We could also use this opportunity to check all the gps have their postcodes, phone numbers and websites tagged.

Robert Whitaker has made a tool for checking which pharmacies are on openstreetmap at https://osm.mathmos.net/pharmacy/progress/ - only 52% of pharmacies in UK are on openstreetmap


Jez Nicholson Mon 6 Apr 2020

GP surgeries and pharmacies sounds very relevant.