User-Friendly Guided Feature Extraction: Extending the iD Editor

August 22 2013 by Tom MacWright

We want to make it easy to extract features from precise, current satellite imagery and add them to your map in iD. Feature extraction has been a topic in GIS for decades, but has never been intuitive enough to empower collaborative efforts like OpenStreetMap.

So we’re working on a simplified, smarter interface that makes extraction as easy as the lasso tool in Photoshop. It works as a plugin for the iD editor, and will also be reusable for other projects.