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Hi there!

Is there any history limit to public GPS traces that are shown on the map (when you click Layers -> Public GPS Traces).

For example, traces are shown only from the last week, month or year?

Or are they all permanently stored and shown? So that you could see old traces from years before?


asked 30 Sep '20, 10:42

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Hi BCNorwich, Simon and Andy!

Thank you for your replies. As far as I gathered there is no time limit to public GPS traces and they could go way back to 2004.

Thanks once again.

(01 Oct '20, 15:14) rodionl

Unfortunelly there is no native way I know for filtering GPS tracks. Sometimes GPS tracks can be wrong or outdated.

In JOSM there is a plugin GPXFilter that allow filtering OSM GPS tracks by date and by author. This can be helpful.


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answered 11 Oct '20, 05:40

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If you down load a trace from OSM traces list it will have an upload date, and in the datafile it will have timestamps unfortunately unless the trace has a good description it will be hard to find ones of an area, before you can begin to look at the dates. I have found some of my, up to 8 years ago traces, to find out when and where I went on a particular path, It did solve my query but it was time consuming. It would be nice if we could identify trace date form an editor. When I did it I looked to see when I edited the path then I search back through my traces to find the trace i had uploaded at that date.

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answered 01 Oct '20, 14:18

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edited 01 Oct '20, 14:28

The layer in question is a bitmap imagery layer generated from all available GPX traces.

Further: currently there is no API call that would retrieve GPX data in the way suggested, so even in JOSM (which is the only app I know of that actually downloads GPX points via the API) can't provide such functionality.

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answered 01 Oct '20, 11:36

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As far as I'm aware they are all permanently stored as a historical record. My own traces go back to 2010, when I first started contributing. The earliest trace I can find is from 2004 when OSM started

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answered 01 Oct '20, 08:16

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