23
11

I want to see who has edited in my area recently, and what they've changed. How can I do that?

asked 06 Jul '10, 17:43

randomjunk's gravatar image

randomjunk
1.3k91418
accept rate: 75%

closed 05 Apr, 10:17

SimonPoole's gravatar image

SimonPoole ♦
23.5k10190381

meta @SimonPoole: closing a question does not help in any way to make its answers more current - to the contrary. Reopened. Yes, old questions and answers for still current topics are a problem, but we don't solve it by closing. Let's discuss over there.

(05 Apr, 20:26) aseerel4c26 ♦

[This answer is of historic interest only]

There are a few different ways to see the who has been editing in your area recently.

The first method is to use the "History" tab on the OpenStreetMap website. Zoom into the area that you're interested in and click the "History" tab. This will show you all the changesets that have covered your area. The problem is that some changesets cover a huge area and so aren't relevant.

The second method is to try the OSM Watch List (OWL) at http://matt.dev.openstreetmap.org/owl_viewer/ (Note: is there any documentation for how to use this?). You can use this to get an RSS/ATOM feed for areas that you are interested in, and it updates every minute so you can see changes straight away.

Third, there is a tool from ITO World called OSM Mapper. If you sign up to it you can see maps of the areas, and do things like colour-code by how recently it changed or by who worked in that area. It only covers ways though, not nodes or relation changes.

permanent link

answered 06 Jul '10, 17:53

Andy%20Allan's gravatar image

Andy Allan
11.0k22115132
accept rate: 31%

edited 05 Apr, 10:22

SimonPoole's gravatar image

SimonPoole ♦
23.5k10190381

6

The History tab would be much more useful if it had a tick box to limit it to local changesets, or at least just hide the "(big)" changesets. As it is now it is pretty much useless.

(13 Jul '10, 13:13) GrahamS
1

The plan is to use OWL to drive the history tab so that it does only show changesets which really change that area.

(14 Jul '10, 14:39) TomH ♦♦

"Hide the '(big)' changesets suggestion" comes up a lot GrahamS. This question specifically talks about it: http://help.openstreetmap.org/questions/3983/how-do-you-display-only-local-edits-in-the-changelog/3985 My answer is kind of duplicate of this one here though...

But incidentally Andy could add a new option to his answer here: "ITO Map" is from the same company as "OSM Mapper" but different: http://www.itoworld.com/product/data/ito_map/ It has the option to show 'recent edits in the past 7 days' or 90 days on a normal worldwide slippy map, to get a simple overview of recent activity.

(29 Feb '12, 00:59) Harry Wood
3
(21 Aug '13, 11:31) Chaos99

… and in the meantime http://owl.openstreetmap.org/ does not work too.

(04 Apr, 19:30) aseerel4c26 ♦

In JOSM you will use the history dialog : http://josm.openstreetmap.de/wiki/Help/Dialog/History - it displays those objects from the current selection for which a history of object versions can be retrieved from the OSM server. It is quite a comprehensive display

permanent link
This answer is marked "community wiki".

answered 10 Jul '10, 10:43

Jean_Marc%20Liotier's gravatar image

Jean_Marc Li...
1616
accept rate: 0%

If you see that a particular item has changed, you can also use Potlatch 1's 'History' function to find out who changed it and when. Open Potlatch 1 (hover over the 'edit' tab until a menu appears); select the way or point in question; and press 'H' for history (or click the ID in the bottom left). In the window that opens, you'll see a drop-down list of who edited it and when.

permanent link

answered 07 Jul '10, 10:00

Richard's gravatar image

Richard ♦
23.7k35210314
accept rate: 18%

edited 29 Feb '12, 10:18

You can find a list of services to see what has been changed or added to the data for a certain area at http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Change_monitoring

permanent link

answered 11 Aug '10, 16:47

stephan75's gravatar image

stephan75
11.9k346203
accept rate: 5%

edited 15 Sep '10, 19:06

Older tools vanish, new tools come, it may be best to just explore this list. Currently I often use Whodidit.

(04 Apr, 19:53) aseerel4c26 ♦

Something useful that helps visualise the changes in a changeset is the "OSM history viewer" over at openstreetmap.de.

permanent link

answered 23 Dec '13, 01:11

SomeoneElse's gravatar image

SomeoneElse ♦
25.5k55263588
accept rate: 14%

Your answer
toggle preview

Follow this question

By Email:

Once you sign in you will be able to subscribe for any updates here

By RSS:

Answers

Answers and Comments

Markdown Basics

  • *italic* or _italic_
  • **bold** or __bold__
  • link:[text](http://url.com/ "title")
  • image?![alt text](/path/img.jpg "title")
  • numbered list: 1. Foo 2. Bar
  • to add a line break simply add two spaces to where you would like the new line to be.
  • basic HTML tags are also supported

Question tags:

×57
×50

question asked: 06 Jul '10, 17:43

question was seen: 16,153 times

last updated: 05 Apr, 20:42

powered by OSQA