For the past few years our map/app (https://map.openchargemap.io and on the various mobile platforms) has lacked a proper editor, instead linking back to the main website when users want to add or edit something. This is about to change!
The new editor
- Quick add based on the current map position then selecting a network operators and an example site to copy equipment from
- Planned: grouping of equipment into Stations so that we have something to clearly represent the physical grouping of connectors at each site.
How will this grouping of equipment within a station represent the different plugs or networks that are co-located?
That’s a good point, in the past we have required two site entries, one for each operator, this also makes the data easier for API users to consume/filter and is consistent with OCPI (which we are slowly trying to align with). While we could have one site entry with multiple groups of equipment (with different operators) this would be a departure from our current model, which we’d really have to justify.
For the ‘quick add’ the concept is that you would say (for example) there are 6 stations and they each have 1x CCS Type 2 and 1x CHAdeMO, we would then create an entry for each station and each connector present. The advantage of this is we can then potentially map individual ‘in-use’ or ‘not operational’ etc statuses at the connector level per station.
For info the first draft of the new editor feature is available in the web app:
- Tap the map center marker to add a new location at that spot, or choose Add Location from menu
- App will check for nearby points and confirm that you are not adding a duplicate
- When you choose the network operator you can then copy equipment from other listings to apply to your new listing. This makes setting up a new network easier. Future plans are to allow editors to nominate sites as Templates (so they will be the first suggestions for copying).
- You can now edit any charging location (POI) within the app without leaving the app.
- Networks and connector types are filtered to currently used types for the current country