iD (software)

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iD
OpenStreetMap-Editor iD Logo.svg
Original author(s)Richard Fairhurst, Tom MacWright, John Firebaugh, Saman Bemel-Benrud, Ansis Brammanis[1]
Developer(s)Multiple contributors
Initial releaseMay 7, 2013; 7 years ago (2013-05-07)[2]
Stable release
2.19.5[3] / 9 November 2020; 18 days ago (9 November 2020)
Repositoryhttps://github.com/openstreetmap/iD
Written inJavaScript
PlatformWeb browser
Available in78[4] languages
TypeGIS software
LicenseISC
Websiteideditor.com

iD is a free software online editor for OpenStreetMap (OSM) geodata created in JavaScript and released in 2013. It is designed to be simple and user friendly[5] and is used as a default editor on the main OSM page.

Usage[edit]

Measured by number of users, iD is the most popular OSM editor. As of 2020, an estimated 70% of all OSM editor users were using iD.[6]

iD's features include choosing custom aerial imagery and native support for Mapillary photos.[7]

Some specialized forks of iD:

  • Strava Slide, which allows easy optimizing the ways to match GPS tracks collected by Strava users[8]
  • iD-indoor, which is intended for indoor mapping[9]
  • Mapeo, experimental editor for offline mapping in remote environments[10][11][12]
  • RapiD, developed by Facebook as an import tool for reviewing and adding roads detected by proprietary Facebook algorithms[13][14]

History[edit]

Prior to iD, the primary web editor for OpenStreetMap data was the Flash-based Potlatch 2 editor.[15][16] The iD editor project was founded by the author of Potlatch 1 and 2, Richard Fairhurst, online on July 13, 2012[17] and at the State of the Map conference on October 14, 2012.[18]

In September 2012, the Knight Foundation announced the winners of the Knight News Challenge: Data competition. The team from Development Seed/Mapbox was selected as a winner for their proposal to develop new contribution tools for OpenStreetMap, and awarded a grant of $575,000.[19][20]

Name[edit]

The choice of iD as a name is related to popularity of getElementById in JavaScript, combination of iPad with Système D, and a tribute to the Citroen iD car model. It was also meant to be easier to spell than Potlatch.[18]

Technical background[edit]

This editor was meant to be a Potlatch 2 architecture reimplementation in JavaScript with redesigned user interface. The (only) big internal change was departure from XML tagging preset architecture to a JSON-based one.[18]

While the initial versions were based on Dojo framework,[21] iD now uses D3.js library for rendering and its primary mode of rendering is via SVG. Its core architecture is modular and designed to be easily used in other JavaScript-based tools for OpenStreetMap.[4]

Versions[edit]

Branch Original
release date
Version Version
release date
Support Model
Alpha December 21, 2012 Alpha 3 February 23, 2013 Initial preview
Beta April 2, 2013 Beta 1 April 2, 2013 Second preview
1.0 May 9, 2013 1.0.1 May 10, 2013 EOL (End-of-life)
1.1 August 9, 2013 1.1.6 August 23, 2013 EOL
1.2 September 26, 2013 1.2.1 September 30, 2013 EOL
1.3 October 24, 2013 1.3.10 May 21, 2014 EOL
1.4 May 29, 2014 1.4.0 May 29, 2014 EOL
1.5 July 8, 2014 1.5.4 July 29, 2014 EOL
1.6 October 6, 2014 1.6.3 February 10, 2015 EOL
1.7 February 11, 2015 1.7.4 September 16, 2015 EOL
1.8 November 8, 2015 1.8.3 December 11, 2015 EOL
1.9 March 1, 2016 1.9.4 May 4, 2016 EOL
2.0 November 15, 2016 2.0.2 December 22, 2016 EOL
2.1 February 4, 2017 2.1.3 February 24, 2017 EOL
2.2 May 9, 2017 2.2.2 June 12, 2017 EOL
2.17 December 23, 2019 2.17.3 April 25, 2020 EOL
2.18 July 20, 2020 2.18.5 September 8, 2020 EOL
2.19 October 27, 2020 2.19.5 November 9, 2020 Active
3.0 N/A 3.0 N/A Alpha Development

References[edit]

  1. ^ iD: The easy-to-use OpenStreetMap editor in JavaScript, OpenStreetMap on GitHub, 2017-10-21, retrieved 2017-10-22
  2. ^ Firebaugh, John (7 May 2013). "New Map Editor Launches on OpenStreetMap.org". Mapbox. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Release 2.19.5". 9 November 2020. Retrieved 11 November 2020.
  4. ^ a b "openstreetmap/iD". GitHub.
  5. ^ "OpenStreetMap launches all-new easy map editor and announces funding appeal". OpenStreetMap blog. 7 May 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Editor usage stats - OpenStreetMap Wiki". wiki.openstreetmap.org.
  7. ^ "Comparison of editors - OpenStreetMap Wiki". wiki.openstreetmap.org.
  8. ^ "Strava Slide Tool". Strava Labs.
  9. ^ "Projects · Adrien Pavie / iD-indoor". GitLab.
  10. ^ Halliday James (9 June 2016). "OpenStreetMap Without Servers [Part 2] A peer-to-peer OSM database". Retrieved 18 July 2016.
  11. ^ "digidem/mapeo-desktop". October 16, 2020 – via GitHub.
  12. ^ MacLennan, Gregor (22 July 2016). "Technology Preview: Participatory mapping in the Amazon with Mapeo". Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  13. ^ "RapiD". OpenStreetMap Wiki.
  14. ^ "mapwith.ai". mapwith.ai.
  15. ^ "Comparison of editors - OpenStreetMap Wiki". wiki.openstreetmap.org.
  16. ^ "Introducing a new OSM editor… Potlatch 2 | OpenStreetMap Blog".
  17. ^ "Building a friendly editor for OpenStreetMap in JavaScript | OpenStreetMap Blog".
  18. ^ a b c "Système D". systemed.net. 2012-10-23. Archived from the original on 2012-10-23. Retrieved 2020-11-04.
  19. ^ "Six ventures bring data to the public as winners of Knight News Challenge". Knight Foundation.
  20. ^ Mapbox (2017-06-29). "Large Investment in OpenStreetMap from Knight Foundation - maps for developers". Medium. Retrieved 2020-11-04.
  21. ^ [1][dead link]

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