Making Notes: How Every Door Replaces Walking Papers
07-21, 12:30–12:50 (Poland), Room CA3

This April I have unveiled GeoScribbles: a new type of map notes that are lines on top of a map, not just labels. In this talk we'll learn what lead to it, from walking papers to surveying apps to shortcomings of Every Door editor.

Every Door is not just a map editor: it's an ultimate tool for surveying. Before version 5.0 it focused on cities: missing shops, addresses, micromapping. With the coming Summer, when the urge to leave a city for a bicycle trip is high, I saw to improve Every Door to make it an outdoor surveying tool as well.

All this doesn't come from nowhere. Every Door is based on my 14 year experience is various kids of surveying. I started with walking papers that I drew by hand — and before ED, used at every mapping party. Walking papers are still popular in areas with unstable internet connection. But most importantly, walking papers change how we approach a map. They show us how the control on maps is commodialized, by allowing us to make physical, tangible, permanent maps ourselves.

In a way that feeling is what Every Door tries to replicate: not of using JOSM or StreetComplete to survey, but of having power. You put your finger to the screen and feel the map changing. It was important not to lose this feeling while translating the walking paper experience to an app. in this talk, we'll look into a few things that enable it.

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Ilya has been mapping OSM for a very long time. His attention span is very short, hence he also has written a lot of tools, including map editors, organized quite a few mapping parties in various countries, and wrote some wiki pages on surveying. He spend his free time either improving his Every Door app, or wandering in the city collecting hundreds of shops and amenities for the map.

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