Editor Popularity

August 29th, 2009

A while ago, I made a visualisation showing which were the most widely-used editors for OpenStreetMap. This was based on the created_by tag, which isn’t an ideal way to do things because different editors treated that tag in different ways. Since the API 0.6 upgrade, there has been a better method: changesets.


Each pixel is coloured by what proportion of changesets intersecting that pixel were uploaded by that editor; red for JOSM, blue for Potlatch and green for Merkaartor. Don’t read too much into it, though, as the editors have different behaviour when opening and closing changesets.

Entry Filed under: OSM, Visualisations

4 Comments

  • 1. Richard Fairhurst  |  August 29th, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Curious how France looks like more of a JOSM hegemony than even Germany. I’m guessing that’s largely due to the Cadastre plugin.

    It would be interesting to investigate whether the fact that the French community has only made the effort to make this available for one editor has driven take-up of that editor, or has discouraged contributions in general from those who prefer another editor.

  • 2. Micha Ruh  |  August 30th, 2009 at 1:05 am

    How come, the background image is © CloudMade?

  • 3. Matt  |  August 30th, 2009 at 10:37 am

    @Micha – I took the z3 tiles from CloudMade’s original style and blended them in at 20% opacity to give a bit of context to the locations of the bright points.

  • 4. miblon  |  October 20th, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    I am just curious, but is there a “others” category? And what distinct editors outside the 3 major ones are actually being used at a more or less significant rate?


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