A case where #OpenStreetMap is more up to date than the official sources.
Recently, I came across an OpenStreetMap changeset  with "Review requested" tag. The change was addition of a bus route relation  in Istanbul, by Alikam .
I navigated to IETT's (the governing body of Istanbul's transport network) website  to cross reference the route maps. I noticed that there were some minor differences between the route on IETT's website and Alikam's version on OSM. The route wasn't following the exact roads. This wasn't a major issue but I still commented on the changeset, mentioning discrepancies between the two versions. Alikam, who's an urban planning student and OSM contributor with a priority on transport network by the way, wrote back a few hours later to tell that the major junction at that point had been rebuilt as part of the construction of a new underground line. Apparently due to that major change in the highway infrastructure, the bus route have been changed as well. But as of this writing, IETT haven't updated their website to reflect the relevant changes. Meanwhile, thanks to Alikam and all the contributors like them, OpenStreetMap is more up to date than the official source for Istanbul's transport network.
This wasn't a major issue, but it makes one think if there are other cases where people rely on the official/private/closed data and left stranded or were late to a very important meeting (I'll give you a clue, answer is yes).
So kudos to Alikam and all those great contributors of this wonderful open community.
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Nice effort to #3D model the Trilogy of #Athens in #OpenStreetMap:
- 3D view: https://demo.f4map.com/#lat=37.9808081&lon=23.7337054&zoom=18&camera.phi=4.872
- Article: https://www.reddit.com/r/openstreetmap/comments/iwlezz/i_3d_mapped_the_trilogy_of_athens/
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Mirror, Mirror, on Your Cam, Show Us What You’ve Drawn by Hand
Working and learning from home may be the new norm, and if IKEA shelves are any indication, folks are tricking out their home office with furniture, gadgets, and squishy chairs. While teleco… https://hackaday.com/2020/09/19/mirror-mirror-on-your-cam-show-us-what-youve-drawn-by-hand/
Original tweet : https://twitter.com/hackaday/status/1307506275106856960
I've been doing http://streak.osmz.ru/ for the past few days and it's been a really neat way to get into improving #OpenStreetMap little by little. Tonight I sat down to add ten nodes to a river, and ended up posting up over 1000 changed nodes just now. In addition to greatly improving the way for the Ibina River in the DRC in Africa, I added over 50km of previously-unmapped tributaries while I was at it, and tidied up a few nearby villages: https://www.openstreetmap.org/changeset/91086728
I'm now up to 9 days in a row, and 27 points. Onward and upward :)
@cincodenada @Doudouosm Hey Joel, great work there with Ibina River. Also thanks for the shout out :) OSM Streak is indeed a great tool to boost the motivation for contributing to OSM. I'm on my 51st day now and planning to keep it going as far as I could. By the way, Ilya Zverev has some other great tools on http://osmz.ru/ You should check them if you haven't already.
#OpenStreetMap Mapper of the Month #MotM is back with an article presenting Jacques Fondaire from #Belgium: https://openstreetmap.be/en/motm/2020/09/16/jacques-fondaire.html
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Here's an interesting use of map from #OpenStreetMap : mapping
the sounds of the forests.
How does it sound in your part of the world?
Lots of submissions from Europe, but everywhere else is sparse. I wonder if any of you folks from the corner of the world are keen to share something.
I just can't get over how great StreetComplete is. It looks fantastic, is incredibly easy to use, and actually makes it fun to contribute data about the Real World for the benefit of everyone.
If you run Android, be sure to give it a try: github.com/westnordost/StreetC… #OpenStreetMap #StreetComplete
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