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In JOSM you can turn on a tms-layer that shows gps-traces from OpenStreetMap (tms[20]:https://gps-{switch:a,b,c}.tile.openstreetmap.org/lines/{zoom}/{x}/{y}.png). I did that, being happy that there is an option to show relatively easy uploaded gps-traces. After some time I realised me that there are much less traces shown then when I download them directly from the OSM-server. So my question is, why there are differences between this tile-layer and the downloaded gps-traces? Maybe these tiles have not been refreshed since a long time?

Under what license are the uploaded gps-traces actually?

asked 14 May '14, 15:38

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It's a service provided by Mapbox. According to https://www.mapbox.com/blog/openstreetmap-gps-layer/, it's all public available GPS traces. Further on they describe in more detail

Every 60 seconds, the GPS layer is updated with the latest tracks that have been uploaded to OpenStreetMap. Any GPS track uploaded and marked as “Identifiable” or “Public” is included in the layer.

If this is not what you are looking for, I suggest you ask them for more details.

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answered 16 May '14, 13:47

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For a bit more info on this see here and here.

(16 May '14, 14:08) SomeoneElse ♦

I asked Mapbox and this is what they answered: "Updates to the GPX traces are not as frequent as desired and it takes time to reflect changes such as deletions or change of permissions. The original data are being import from the bulk GPX track data: https://blog.openstreetmap.org/2013/04/12/bulk-gpx-track-data/."

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answered 23 May '14, 10:49

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