I just wanted to point you to a interesting project for all of you that maybe missing the community factor of Openstreetmap in Israel.
If you own a Android powered smartphone or a iPhone you maybe heard of the Israeli Waze project that offers you a free online navigation and a community like website where you can get in touch with people and also send bugs or problems back to the waze system.
So now we have skobbler!!!
Not a long time ago skobbler switched his navigation from a bitmap based NAVIGON / Navteq services to cloudmade Nav studio and claims to be the first real usefull OSM navigation software for smartphones.
Bringing a navigation software based on OSM to a smartphone is not new, BUT there features are really good.
As the founders of the skobbler project came from the navigation company NAVIGON I expect a professional routing with all features you are used to in a navigation software when sitting in a car.
The website is good and there are quite a lot users worldwide using this services and adding their local restaurants etc.
Yesterday they announced a interesting new tool called “skobbler OSM Bugs”.
In terms of fixing bugs this tool is really amazing. Users that drive to a location can just use a button in the smartphone app and add a bug to the place a error happened.
The best thing is the good bug reporting and fixing portal that skobbler provides from yesterday. http://www.skobbler.us/osmbugs
There is only one open bug visible on the israeli map. And the street the user drove before and after defining the bug is visible.
In Bug lists in Germany are very impressive and of course from time to time things getting fixed by local mappers.
It is very strange how they have 1 bug reported for Israel. They should have zero - skobbler do not offer anything for Israel, neither data nor application in Android market. At least it is what its web site says.
Do you know some more about its availability for Israel? I’d be happy to contribute data from my car driving to OSM and not to Waze only as it happens now.
I can’t believe that- but you are right.
Its currently just supporting some countries. Not even Canada is supported currently (just starting next year).
If you have an android device i would recommend OSMAND, as its also able to route and send POI and OSMBUGS directly to the map.
It saved the GPX path localy on your device and the POI and bugs are saved directly into OSM.
Whats realy great about OSMAND is the possibility to see the open bugs in the OSM Bugs.
OSMAND use bitmap tiles, they don’t render OSM data. I use another app of this sort, I found it better - Orux maps http://www.oruxmaps.com/
I think it is the best in class. It have no integration with OSM bugs, but I can still mark POI’s and use it later with JOSM…
I just installed this skobbler on my android milestone. On a pictures from web it looks good, but actually it still not supports Israel. It have country combo which really small list. No way to just see map or search POI, all starts from country selection. Big disappointment.
I tried to use “Vespucci OSM Editor” (http://code.google.com/p/osmeditor4android/) on practice. And - it works reasonable well! I am able to edit OSM map features, delete or add ones, right from the phone; and can immediately upload results back. Worth trying. It is not for navigation and “by the way” mapping, it is dedicated for mapping only.