weeklyOSM 378

10/10/2017-16/10/2017

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The quality assurance tool Osmose now uses vector technology to display the markers 1 | Leaflet | © OpenStreetMap contributors

Mapping

  • Michael Reichert aka Nakaner has written a proposal for an “expiration date” of the “Validity of Public Transport Route Relations”. Or at least a date by which the route relation should be looked at again, because changes in the schedules might affect the itineraries or the stops served
  • We reported previously on Yuri Astrakhan’s (in OSM, “nyuriks“) proposition to bring in line “wikidata” and “wikipedia” urls, and the discussion about the mechanical edits that he was doing. Yuri’s now created a “Quick Edit” tool to make mechanical edits in general easier. The consensus of the discussion is that this tool, like other similar ones, is governed by the Automated Edits Code of Conduct. The discussion on the talk mailing list is here.
  • The proposal Fire Hydrant Extension to extend and change the hydrant tagging has missed the required majority with 28 ‘yes’ and 21 ‘no’ votes.
  • You can cast your vote on the proposal River Classification which wants to add the tag river=major/big/small for rivers. See also the discussion on the Tagging mailing list.
  • Mapping “dog droppings bag dispenser”? Not only in Germany. 😉 Alejandro Moreno asks on the Tagging mailing list how to tag a dog droppings bag dispenser with a trash bin.
  • Following complaints from local mappers, the DWG had to block a number of students from Carleton University in Ottawa due to problems with a student mapping project. There is also a discussion on Talk-Ca mailing list about this. There were a number of issues (including duplication), but the main one seemed to be that it was misunderstood that OSM was a set of live data – if something obviously incorrect is added there, it gets fixed, which made it difficult for students to find their individual submissions.
  • Bryan Housel accepted a pull request for the iD editor which adds a tagging preset for place=plot to the iD editor.
  • Christoph Hormann presents in his blog as a replacement for the name=* tag a concept in which only name:*=* is recorded and the boundary relations specify a formatting formula in the form of a tag, which language(s) should be rendered in which order, so that the usual local labeling is achieved.
  • Nakaner writes a longer article in his user blog why he rejected the Proposal Fire Hydrant Extension.
  • Contributor nammala posted an OSM diary entry describing the latest updates to “OSMCha“. OSMCha was originally written by Wille Marcel; see his diary for details of OSMCha’s new API.
  • On the talk mailing list, Dave Swarthout asks for the best practices for tagging oil fields – both the larger “concession” area as well as the actual infrastructure.
  • [1] The quality assurance tool Osmose now uses vector technology to display the markers (Source).
  • Shirini writes about a mini workshop using a TelegramBOT to translate strings for OpenStreetMap.org at Chennai

Community

  • Last week, first camps of Association Projet EOF “OSM, FreeGIS and opendata” program funded by OIF/DFEN got started in Togo and Niger and a one day event (mixing conference, hands on sessions and mapathon) in Benin, Burkina and Ivory Coast. Since 16-October, 10 similar camps of 5 days have been starting in Dakar, Bamako, Kayes, Ouagadougou, Abidjan, Bouaké, Niamey, Cotonou and Adjara/Porto Novo. To be followed on Twitter through #ActionOifProjetEOF.
  • Michelle Thong reports from her participation at the National Day of Civic Hacking in San Jose on 23rd September 2017. She thinks that Code for San Jose (the local Code for America group) could learn from OSM how to attract new contributors.
  • Geochicas, the OSM Latin American women community, launched a survey to learn about the gender gap in the OSM community. User «code elusive» mentions on Diversity-talk mailing list that the survey uses Google but asks for some personal details. You can find the survey written in EN, DE, ES, FR, PT, AL.
  • Contributor GOwin from Philippines, shares the new interesting initiative the local OSM community has come up with to engage, and expand the community of OpenStreetMap contributors in the country. The concept is that the local community will take care of the pizzas, all you need is mapathons, hacking events and most importantly, passion!
  • PierZen wrote an interesting diary entry with a statistical analysis of the OSM userbase, titled The Pulse of OpenStreetMap Contributors.

Imports

  • The San Jose Sidewalk Import (we reported earlier) attracted attention due to its poor quality. Sidewalks were uploaded although they have not been connected to the remaining network. Local mapper Minh, who is one of the primary mappers in the affected area and has mapped
    42% of the sidewalks in San Jose by hand before the import started, replies to the mailist list saying he welcomes this import for a broader, long-term effort to improve OSM’s quality in the area.
  • Frederik Ramm starts a discussion on Talk-US mailing list how to deal with the many junk imports from NHD in future.

Events

  • At FOSDEM in February 2018 in Brussels, a yearly event attracting 8000 developers of Free Software, there will be a GeoSpatial room again. If you want to propose a talk, please do.
  • FOSS4G and State of the Map Argentina 2017 is happening from 23rd-28th of October. Here is the detailed scheduled of the event.
  • Miami’s Department of geography’s mapathon unites faculty and students to help provide aid to hurricane in Puerto Rico.
  • This year’s State of the Map CZ will be held at the Czech OpenAlt conference in Brno on 4th and 5th November. (cs) (automatic translation)
    There will be talks from companies working with OSM data and a talk on the topics that the Czech OSM community is dealing with currently: hiking (cycle,horse,etc..) trails mapping, landuse and building tracking from official registers, photos for mapping support (PhotoDB) or upgrades to the national OSM portal osmap.cz.

Humanitarian OSM

  • Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team is calling to help provide critical data in response to the Mexico Earthquakes, South Asia Floods, Caribbean Hurricanes and West Pacific Volcano threats.
  • OSM contributor Mapanauta writes a brief about Open Humanitarian Mapping in response of Mexico earthquakes.

Open Data

Software

  • Threema can now share the user’s location via OpenStreetMap. The WLAN location determination has to be added as an authorization for this.
  • With Windy Maps, the creators of mapy.cz have released an OSM-based map app for iOS and Android.

Did you know …

OSM in the media

  • Government Tech writes about the importance of maps during disasters such as hurricane Irma, as they’re a “reliable visualization of areas that are likely to be changed by storms.”

Other “geo” things

  • As part of a deal with Parks Canada, Google is now showcasing Street View images of one of the remotest places on the planet – Quttinirpaaq National Park
  • Japan launched the fourth satellite for its regional QZSS (Quasi Zenith Satellite System). All four satellites are on geosynchronous orbits over the Asia-Oceania Region.
  • Lots of people (including CrunchBase) are reporting that SoftBank has invested $164 million in Mapbox, driven amongst other things by the growth in autonomous vehicles. Mapbox’s own blog reports it here.
  • Wired writes about how the crowdsourced mapping efforts on OpenStreetMap are guiding Puerto Rico’s recovery

Upcoming Events

Where What When Country
Colorado Boulder]] State of the Map U.S. 2017, [[Boulder 2017-10-19-2017-10-22
Karlsruhe Hack Weekend October 2017 2017-10-21-2017-10-22 germany
Bremen Bremer Mappertreffen 2017-10-23 germany
Taipei OpenStreetMap Taipei Meetup, MozSpace 2017-10-23 taiwan
Graz Stammtisch Graz 2017-10-23 austria
Dusseldorf Stammtisch Düsseldorf 2017-10-23 germany
Buenos Aires FOSS4G+State of the Map Argentina 2017 2017-10-23-2017-10-28 argentina
Lyon Mapathon Missing Maps à La Tour Du Web 2017-10-24 france
Nottingham Nottingham Pub Meetup 2017-10-24 united kingdom
Chur Mapping Party Chur 2017-10-24 switzerland
Bern Mapping Party Bern 2017-10-25 switzerland
Leuven Leuven Monthly Meetup. Topic: Rendering for print 2017-10-25 belgium
Minsk byGIS meetup 2017-10-25 belarus
Paris Mapathon Missing Maps à l’ESS’pace 2017-10-26 france
Brussels FOSS4G Belgium 2017 2017-10-26 belgium
Lübeck Lübecker Stammtisch 2017-10-26 germany
Rome Incontro Mappatori, [[Rome Roma 2017-10-30
Stuttgart Stuttgarter Stammtisch 2017-11-01 germany
Montreal Les Mercredis cartographie 2017-11-01 canada
Dresden Stammtisch Dresden 2017-11-02 germany
Essen Mappertreffen Essen 2017-11-02 germany
Rostock Rostocker Treffen 2017-11-07 germany
Havana CubaConf, La Conferencia Cubana de Tecnologías Libres 2017-11-07-2017-11-09 cuba
Lima State of the Map LatAm 2017 2017-11-29-2017-12-02 perú
Yaoundé State of the Map Cameroun 2017, lors des premières Journées nationales de la Géomatique 2017-12-01-2017-12-03 cameroun
Bonn FOSSGIS 2018 2018-03-21-2018-03-24 germany
Poznań State of the Map Europe 2018 2018-04-13-2018-04-14 poland
Milan State of the Map 2018, (international conference) 2018-07-28-2018-07-30 italy

Note: If you like to see your event here, please put it into the calendar. Only data which is there, will appear in weeklyOSM. Please check your event in our public calendar preview and correct it, where appropriate.

This weeklyOSM was produced by Nakaner, PierZen, Polyglot, SeleneYang, SomeoneElse, Spanholz, YoViajo, derFred, jinalfoflia, keithonearth, sev_osm.

weeklyOSM 377

03/10/2017-09/10/2017

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Cycle node networks and mountain passes 1 | © Richard Fairhurst – Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

About us

  • For more than two years now, TheFive has been developing a content management system called OSMBC (OSM Blog Collector) to meet the special requirements of the editors of weeklyOSM. Without this FOS software, which has been continuously developed since then, it would impossible to publish the blog almost simultaneously in six languages. Thank you TheFive! TheFive has recorded the development in a blog post worth reading and shows that this tool can also be used in other environments easily.

Mapping

  • Harry Wood updates a list of the longest name tags in OSM. There are now 80 more of them than last year.
  • The mailing list tagging discusses whether aeroway=airstrip, which originates from the New Zealand LINZ import, is a legitimate tag or whether you should use aeroway=runway instead.
  • There is a proposal to start distinguishing between public transport bus and coach services. Coach would be a long distance service, that skips most of the stops regular buses would serve and where coach buses with a different level of comfort are used.
  • The feature proposal for sinkholes refinement needs more votes to pass, so voting was extended.
  • Martijn van Exel came up with a better way of tagging center turn lanes, compared to the one he used initially when turn:lanes mapping wasn’t established yet.
  • Martijn van Exel tries to formulate his own definition of highway=trunk in the US. He also notes a few places in Utah where the current tagging doesn’t meet his expectations and is asking for help.
  • User westnordost announced in the German forum that his application StreetComplete will tag from the next version maxspeed:type=*. There is criticism for his “top-down approach”.
  • Discussions about wikidata=* tags are ongoing (which we reported in our two previous issues):
    • Frederik Ramm asks to pause any automated, semi-automated, query-driven, “challenge” driven edits on Wikidata tags in OSM until ongoing discussions have come to an end.
    • People at the German OSM forum discuss (de) (automatic translation) how much Wikidata in OSM is useful.

Community

  • Michal Migurski tweets that OpenStreetMap contributors are listed in the credits of the new feature film Blade Runner 2049.
  • There is a call for membership to join OSMUK to improve OSM in the UK.
  • Around thirty members from Projet EOF association have started this week in 8 different countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Haiti, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo) to implement 15 workshops (each one with a duration of five days) about OpenStreetMap, free Geomatics and open data, in capital and regional cities, 15 mapathons and 21 one-day workshops that will reach at least 150 people during October. Follow it on Twitter through #ActionOifProjetEOF.
  • Rebecca Firth has written (.pdf download, 4.5 MB) an article for the journal – “Science Without Borders: Making the SDGs successful” about OpenStreetMap and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). You can read more about the SDGs on Wikipedia.
  • On October 7, 2007, version 0.5 of the OpenStreetMap API (and thus of the data model) went into production – 0.6 is the current version. Martin Raifer reminds us of this in his user blog and that many API calls, which we find to be commonplace today, were introduced back then.

Imports

  • Christoph Hormann suggests to prefix any tag that was added by a bot with bot: in the key. He hopes this could help us to overcome the problem of the increase of (bad) mechanical edits.
  • Abishek Nagaraj published a paper with the title Information Seeding and Knowledge Production in Online Communities: Evidence from OpenStreetMap. As data of two different stages of age and quality was imported during the TIGER import, he could analyse the effect on so-called information seeding on later contributions. He measured that counties with the older TIGER data got 38.8 % more contributions than the control group and concludes that information seeding is not as beneficial as assumed. There is also a small discussion on the Talk mailing list.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • The minutes of the IRC meeting of Communications Working Group on 28th September is online.

Events

  • In the town of Chiavari (Liguria, Italy), teams composed by one mapper and one volunteer from the Protezione Civile (Civil Protection, governmental body which deals with exceptional events management) ran a pilot data collecting project (organised by the municipality and the CIMA Foundation) focused on a flood scenario alongside the Rupinaro creek. While the volunteers collected information of the buildings (levels, entrances and flood preparedness), the mappers improved OpenStreetMap adding the details in the area, and photomapped with Mapillary. Local newspapers (automatic translation) and tv stations reported.
  • The DINAcon 2017 conference will take place in Berne on 20th October. It is intended to correspond to the development of open data and digital sustainability. Among other things, there is a session on “Using OpenStreetMap for sitemaps and online stories” with Michael Spreng and Stefan Keller. The DINAcon Awards will also be presented at this event. Simon Poole, Michael Spreng and Stefan Keller are also nominated, representing the community. Simon Poole will also offer a lightning talk.

Maps

  • Nils Vierus has published a map service to find ATMs, thus stimulating a lengthly discussion on the tags used at ATMs and banks network=, operator= and brand=. (de) (automatic translation). Has there ever been a quarterly project on this subject? – Maybe together with communities from other countries? 😉

Software

  • Anton Khorev wrote (ru) (automatic translation) down his opinion in regard with the usability of MAPS.ME as OpenStreetMap editor and the resulting changesets.
  • In a commentary to an old article by Roland about Overpass, user mmd refers to his branch and related test measurements, which suggest a significant reduction in the daily CPU consumption.
  • [1] Richard Fairhurst enhanced turn-by-turn instructions on his website cycle.travel. They now mention node numbers of cycle node networks and the names of mountain passes along the route.

Programming

  • Sven Geggus wonders if the new PostgreSQL 10.0 combined with PostGIS 2.4 brings advantages for an osm2pgsql database. The gain is less for the standard use case, but the increased parallel processing abilities will be beneficial if the database will be used for further analysis.
  • Pascal Neis describes how to conveniently process compressed OSM.PBF files with Java.
  • Christoph Hormann has written a blog post about landcover rendering on small zoom levels.

Releases

  • The stable version of JOSM contains the following major enhancements:
    • Add links to external changeset viewers to the History and Changeset windows
    • Allow users to request feedback when uploading by adding the review_requested=yes changeset tag
    • Automatically uses a proper node count when creating circles depending on the diameter
    • Extends the command line interface parameters
  • OSMaxx has been updated: In addition to the existing formats, the original OSM format (pbf) and the universal shape file of the future, GeoPackage (gpkg), can now be exported.
  • Mapbox shares the release about their support to React Native Mapbox GL and started a rewrite of their current experimental React Native library and released an alpha.
  • … for further information please refer to the OSM Software Watchlist.

Did you know …

Other “geo” things

  • How are urban areas in Australia connected with Sydney. Topi Tjukanov visualized it using QGIS, GraphHopper and OpenStreetMap data.
  • Bollards were often re-used cannon.
  • Luca Mandolesi Salvatore Fiandaca has collected the previous splash screens of QGIS. UPDATE

Upcoming Events

Where What When Country
Hérault Opération libre à Jacou, Jacou 2017-10-13-2017-10-15 france
Calvados Cartoparties de la presqu’île (arbres, environnement et déchets) lors du « Turfu Festival » et de la Fête de la Science, au Dôme de Caen 2017-10-13-2017-10-15 france
Shizuoka まちゼミ オープンストリートマップで地図を作ろう 2017-10-15 japan
Bonn Bonner Stammtisch 2017-10-17 germany
Lüneburg Mappertreffen Lüneburg 2017-10-17 germany
Scotland Pub meeting, Edinburgh 2017-10-17 united kingdom
Karlsruhe Stammtisch 2017-10-18 germany
Brest Mapathon Missing Maps à l’UBO Open Factory 2017-10-19 france
Leoben Stammtisch Obersteiermark 2017-10-19 austria
Colorado Boulder]] State of the Map U.S. 2017, [[Boulder 2017-10-19-2017-10-22
Hamburg Design the Smart Mobility Hackathon 2017-10-20-2017-10-21 germany
Kyoto 幕末京都マッピングパーティ#00:志士たちの今 2017-10-21 japan
Karlsruhe Hack Weekend October 2017 2017-10-21-2017-10-22 germany
Buenos Aires FOSS4G+State of the Map Argentina 2017 2017-10-23-2017-10-28 argentina
Bremen Bremer Mappertreffen 2017-10-23 germany
Taipei OpenStreetMap Taipei Meetup, MozSpace 2017-10-23 taiwan
Graz Stammtisch Graz 2017-10-23 austria
Dusseldorf Stammtisch Düsseldorf 2017-10-23 germany
Lyon Mapathon Missing Maps à La Tour Du Web 2017-10-24 france
Nottingham Nottingham Pub Meetup 2017-10-24 united kingdom
Chur Mapping Party Chur 2017-10-24 switzerland
Bern Mapping Party Bern 2017-10-25 switzerland
Leuven Leuven Monthly Meetup. Topic: Rendering for print 2017-10-25 belgium
Minsk byGIS meetup 2017-10-25 belarus
Brussels FOSS4G Belgium 2017 2017-10-26 belgium
Lübeck Lübecker Stammtisch 2017-10-26 germany
Lima State of the Map LatAm 2017 2017-11-29-2017-12-02 perú
Yaoundé State of the Map Cameroun 2017, lors des premières Journées nationales de la Géomatique 2017-12-01-2017-12-03 cameroun
Bonn FOSSGIS 2018 2018-03-21-2018-03-24 germany
Milan State of the Map 2018, (international conference) 2018-07-28-2018-07-30 italy

Note: If you like to see your event here, please put it into the calendar. Only data which is there, will appear in weeklyOSM. Please check your event in our public calendar preview and correct it, where appropriate.

This weeklyOSM was produced by Anmaca, Nakaner, Peda, PierZen, Polyglot, SK53, SeleneYang, Softgrow, Spanholz, YoViajo, derFred, jcoupey, jinalfoflia.