osmlab & osm-auth

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osmlab & osm-auth

Hello folks,

So we've been working on the iD editor ( http://ideditor.com/ ) and one of the big goals is to make a lot of it modular to make more cool OSM hacks possible.

I've been moving some of these parts to osmlab: https://github.com/osmlab

The idea here is pretty simple: it's an organization for osm-related modules, code, and data. There are simple guidelines - https://gist.github.com/tmcw/5157262 - which equate to "try to be approachable and open to contributors". As such, anyone who wants to pull request / get commit to a project and has cool ideas, just ask. Also, it's going to be all liberally-licensed projects - BSD, MIT, and PD.

So far it's been small modules, and one that might be pertinent is osm-auth. The OAuth implementation in iD has already been open & modular as 'ohauth' but the steps between that no-assumptions implementation and a working integration were too much.

Thus, osm-auth: https://github.com/osmlab/osm-auth

It has a simple API, focused on logging in, out, and doing api calls. There's a quick demo of integration: http://osmlab.github.com/osm-auth/ which should be a great starting block for other projects. It's PD code, and uses ohauth behind the scenes.

This is not to say it's perfect - right now it'll need a little work in the rails port to make it not conflict with other OAuth applications https://github.com/openstreetmap/openstreetmap-website/issues/220 thanks to browser & server caching.

But it's a start, and I think it'll eliminate one major reason why js-only OSM API applications haven't taken off yet - this encapsulates a big stumbling block.

Report issues if you run into anything https://github.com/osmlab/osm-auth/issues or even better (so much better) fork, clone, pull request, and make this thing better.