10.04.2012

A tool to handle Satellite images updates: new "Map Shift"

A tool to handle Satellite images updates: "Map Shift"
For those who don't know what is this about - a short introduction: every month or so Google updates their satellite imagery and sometimes as a result of it this outline positions of Wikimapia objects in some areas become out of sync. This is an example of how it may look like:
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Such areas need to be fixed. To avoid doing this for each object individually, we have designed a special tool, which allows simply to update the whole areas, where this problem occurs.
You may be familiar with it, it is called "Map shift" and is accessible from the user tools page in the top menu or user profile page and via direct link: http://wikimapia.org/#m=b&show=/user/to ... /status=0/ .
Now we are releasing a new version of it and making it available to more users than before.

How it works:
The tool provides a list of areas, where the satellite imagery was updated. Most of the outlines of these areas are imported automatically from the data published by Google, so naturally not all of them have actual problems, some imagery updates are fitting perfectly well . There are also problematic areas in this list that are spotted and marked by our users. Every area in the list needs to be verified by several users in order to fix it or leave it as it is. If the outlined area has a visible gap between Wikimapia objects and satellite photography in it, you can set a direction and distance of shift required to put them back together. If not, you can confirm it by simply pressing a button. You can also add an area yourself, if you are sure it is not contained by any other listed there.

After the area has been verified by sufficient number of users, system automatically calculates the average values and some statistics and decides whether objects in the area should be updated and how.

Unlike the two previous versions of this tool, the new one doesn't need advanced users to sign the shifts and Wikimapia team to finally approve them. All the shifts are being processed by the system automatically and carried out in background, so you can check their status using the filter in the satellite images updates list.

Full tool usage instruction and overview is available in Wikimapia wiki: http://wikimapia.org/docs/Satellite_images_updates_list.

24.03.2012

New categories system: moderators needed!

We have completed work on the new category system (with hierarchy, synonyms and multi-language support), which will be filled and maintained by the community. It's running in restricted mode now (for example, users can't create new categories).

In order to run with full functionality, it needs the complete hierarchy structure of the current categories to be built and this means more hands are needed. You may apply for “Categories Moderator" status here if you think it's your calling and you can help us with:

- organizing the category hierarchy
- moderating new categories created by other users, when the system is fully released

All detailed information about the new system, users' and moderators' guidelines will be posted later.

15.03.2012

Wikimapia important code update

We are in a process of updating Wikimapia code to make sure it will be working well with Google Maps. It’s necessary update as Google marked as deprecated their version 2 of Google Maps API and encourage all developers to change the code to work with version 3.

As the essential changes affect all Wikimapia features you are possibly using, expect some minor bugs to appear shortly, don't be confused, post them here: viewtopic.php?f=4&t=9548 so we can fix them quickly.

05.03.2012

Linear features upgrade, first step

Hello Wikimapians!

Today we are upgrading our systems to make all linear features better. It is the first step which only affects roads and railroads. A large part of the upgrade will not be noticeable right now, but it shall give us an opportunity to introduce new types of roads and railroads in future steps. For now, here are a few changes in the interface of linear objects:

- dirt roads have its own special color and are now visible on higher zooms, as low-traffic roads
- courtyard roads are now thinner and visible only on close zooms
- all roads and railroads are now thinner in the map view
- railroad tunnels have been introduced

Unfortunately, linear objects editing will be unavailable during the update process and roads and railroads may be shown with incorrect width or color for several hours. Please note that once linear objects editing has been re-implemented, linear object history may still take time to update so revisions may be shown incorrectly during this period.
Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

01.02.2012

Unapproved revisions in Status Grid

Hello Wikimapians!

Today we have completed an upgrade of the Status Grid which connects it with the watchlist feature - now the number of unapproved history revisions are shown in the Grid. This feature will help you find unapproved edits and save your time by not having to check approved ones.

You may look at the example of the Status Grid here

All places will now be assigned a new special category “place with unapproved revisions” after each edition. You may filter such places using Status Grid link “unapproved revisions” (or from the category menu). Use the watchlist sidebar which contains all unapproved revisions in selected Grid Cell for faster and easier checking.

The new feature has no effect on the Status Grid cell color or factor, it only helps you to find and count objects that were edited recently. All old history revisions have been automatically approved to save the category layer from lots of unapproved old (and good) objects. As usual, if you are the first to approve the revision, you will get 10 experience points for this action.

30.01.2012

New photo galleries

Hello, Wikimapians!
We are continually working on our photos system and today we present the improved photo galleries on both overlaid and full screen object pages, and cityguide. In addition, a new feature has been released - comments to photos which could be used to describe or discuss each photo. They are organized in the same way as comments for places.

28.01.2012

Wikimapia Documentation and FAQ.

We will be opening a new Wiki section for creating Wikimapia Documentation and FAQ. In the beginning it will only be in English, but later it will be possible to translate into other languages.

Our aim is to make this new Wiki section brief and simple. Access will be limited to editors - Documentors only. You may request for “Documentor status” here if you think you can help us with:

-organizing this new Wiki section
-communicating with other users in order to improve the documentation
-consolidating useful information from the old Wiki guides into new Wiki

For a start we will select a number of documentors from the ones who volunteer. More documentors will be added later.