Underlying GPS traces are now available within the iD editor (hooray!) via the "stack of books" menu (although you might need to maximise or change browser settings to get it to fit on the screen).

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However, there doesn't seem to be much information about this feature. Which traces are shown? The tooltip says "Public" - does this mean that "Identifiable" ones are not? How long should it take for an uploaded trace to be visible? What do the colours mean? Is it possible (as it is with JOSM) to query traces to see which are old and which recent? Are waypoints displayed, and if so how?

asked 28 Oct '13, 11:41

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I am confused a bit: you are very active here and mix yourself several questions into one?

(28 Oct '13, 12:19) aseerel4c26 ♦

No - it's one question, perhaps best summarised as "how do I find out about the 'OpenStreetMap GPS Traces' option on the 'stack of books' menu available in the iD UI".

(28 Oct '13, 12:50) SomeoneElse ♦

I can only answer parts of your question(s):

Which traces are shown?
Shown are "Identifiable" as well as "Public" traces.

What do the colours mean?
The colour indicates the direction of travel. It can be useful to identify oneways, dual carriageways. etc.

Is it possible (as it is with JOSM) to query traces to see which are old and which recent?
No, this layer is just a static tile layer. So, no subsequent filtering is possible.

Read more on the mapbox blog

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answered 28 Oct '13, 14:37

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Thanks. It does seems a shame to have put a lot of effort into a blog post without that information actually being available from within the editor, where it's needed.

To summarise:

Which traces are shown? The tooltip says "Public" - does this mean that "Identifiable" ones are not?

Any GPS track uploaded and marked as "Identifiable" or "Public" is included in the layer.

How long should it take for an uploaded trace to be visible?

Allegedly "Every 60 seconds", although this trace has been public for some hours now and doesn't appear. Presumably that's just another bug.

What do the colours mean?

Eastbound movement in red, westbound in cyan, northbound in yellow, and southbound in violet.

Is it possible (as it is with JOSM) to query traces to see which are old and which recent?

No

Are waypoints displayed, and if so how?

No idea yet.

(28 Oct '13, 15:10) SomeoneElse ♦

... and the reason for the public trace not appearing is that it was previously private, and later changed to public (see comments on issue for full details).

(28 Oct '13, 19:57) SomeoneElse ♦
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... and (finally) the answer on waypoints is no, not in the GPS tile layer (although a GPX file containing waypoints onto the browser and waypoint names will display, but nothing else).

(28 Oct '13, 22:01) SomeoneElse ♦
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