Thanks for the reply.
What I meant by complete is in a basic form like all roads on the map. I know some roads will be brand new and need to be added, etc and the state of play always changes but I want a “complete” A to Z/ Road map.
Obviously this a goal. But it was stated somewhere on the wiki that Central London is nearly complete (roads complete I am taking that to be) expect for a certain area (Edgware road area). Now if this implies that they think that the rest is correct I was merely stating that is not the case.
I think it is a little dangerous to imply that an area is complete when it is not as no-one will look to map that area again.
If the roads are correct then it becomes a very useful tool. People then can link to these pages on their business websites, etc and will be more inclined to fill in more details for their local area. The name of the pub on the corner, the public bench down the road, etc as it will increase the usefulness for people finding their location.
If a street is missing nearby then obviously the initial confidence is lost. In some ways this is worse than having no mapping at all for an area as people might think it is perfectly mapped.
Anyway I do not want to sound overly critical about this I know the nature of the project I just want to get ideas for future.
I am a computer geek by trade and involved in various open source projects myself.
I have an idea though to improve things.
Maybe you do this already I have no idea. As it is not sated anywhere in the wiki from what I can tell.
Could we get a list of the streets and postcodes for all the streets in Central London that we think we have mapped. It shouldn’t be hard to compare this will the street in the open mapping database thus getting a list of all the outstanding streets.
Not in our database
Heddon Street, LONDON, W1B 4BD
Then you have something to compare things to and look up these postcode/streets on an commercial mapping website like multimap.com or streetmap.co.uk or in you local AtoZ/road map and then you can send mappers around to these locations to map them.
And then you can say with more confidence that we have mapped all the streets in Central London
This could then be repeated for all the cities that are nearly completed. The process will stay the same. I should be a simple task to code presuming that the “official” road maps source data and the open mapping data are in sensible formats.
If someone was to provide me with the Â“officialÂ” road data to could probably easily do this for the project (you will probably have to buy a copy of something official in the UK from royal mail or someone Â– you must have some of this info already as you can search via postcode on the main mapping site)
Provide a list of all the streets in a said area (based probably on postcode) that donÂ’t have corresponding entries in our database. Also new roads from new building projects that come up will be quickly flagged as new and you can remap that road only and be bang up to date.
Also this will have the benefit of being able to give more accurate estimations of the roads covered in certain areas.
has what I presume is a guess for the estimated completion of a given city/area. This will then be more accurate as you will be comparing them with the Â“officialÂ” road map info.
Then you could have a link to another wiki page saying Â“as of blah, blah date the following streets are not mappedÂ” and listing all the finding of the comparison.
Then people will know what needs mapping more clearly.
I hope I have explained myself enough.
Other than that I will try at some point ot have a look at manually changing those streets I noticed.
The colour yes it seems a new colour scheme was used for the buildings in a certain area it just so happened that they siad that near that area it was not completly mapped thus I presumed that they were "no properly mapped " areas.