weeklyOSM 385

28/11/2017-04/12/2017

JOSM QuickLabel Screenshot

Screenshot des neuen JOSM-Plugins QuickLabel 1 | © OpenStreetMap Mitwirkende

Mapping

  • Potentiel 3.0, a Haitian digital association, have created a 3-D model of the Zerpelin basin.
  • Daniel Koć has written a blog article on the planned changes and ideas for the rendering of (natural) protected areas.
  • Ilya Zverev writes to the talk mailing list introducing OSM streak: a website that gives you points for submitting changesets each day.
  • Maripo Goda published her 3rd JOSM Plugin “QuickLabel” and asks for feedback. This plugin shows any tag values next to objects. You can visualize the mapping progress of sub tags like cuisine or surface.
  • Mapillary introduces Mapillary Tasker, this tool will let you invite people to help complete capture, map editing, or data verification tasks in your area.
  • Daniel Koć asks for the tagging of leisure=common and leisure=village_green, which have their origin in British law. As they are often misused he triggers a discusion how to use the tags.

Community

  • Richard Fairhurst adds a section about education and socio-economic status to the Contributor Covenant and explains the rationale behind his text with reference to OSM.
  • Roland Olbricht queries the basis on which the proposal process on the wiki works. His concerns were heightened by the reaction to Ilya Zverev’s metro railway proposal.
  • Nicolas Chavent writes to the OSMF-talk mailing list about his perspective on why it’s important to balance the representation of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team US Inc. at the OpenStreetMap Foundation Board (OSMF) Board to favour the
    diversity of OpenStreetMap perspectives in this institutional body and also writes about HOT’s Code of Conduct. Read more about the related conversations in this email thread.
  • The Advisory Board of OSM UK are dissatisfied with the Directed Editing Policy and will therefore submit their own new proposal.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • Contributor Glassman writes about a proposal to OSMF adopting a Code of Conduct.
  • Imagico.de writes about the importance of the OSMF elections, understanding the best candidates to vote and its impact on the OpenStreetMap project as a whole.

Events

Humanitarian OSM

  • Alessandro Venerandi works on poverty assessment using centrality criteria in OpenStreetMap data.
  • Severin (aka sev_osm) writes a diary post where he shares his frustrations and reasons behind his resigning from HOT US Corporation.
  • Rachel VanNice thanks the HOT News to the community for the valuable work and help this year. The many natural catastrophes presented a special challenge and a video supports this Thanksgiving. At the same time, she is calling for continued and even more forceful action in the future.

Maps

  • The OpenTopoMap now arranges summits according to their dominance. For example, at zoom level 8, mountains with a dominance greater than 100 km are displayed. See this forum post for more information.

switch2OSM

  • Pokemon GO has switched to OSM data in most countries. For some players this means better map data, for others there is less detail now.
  • Garmins uses OpenStreetMap data from now on for its Pilot 9.1 Apple app.

Open Data

  • The city of Cambridge (UK) have released a week’s worth of anonymised vehicle movements captured using ANPR (automatic number plate recognition).

Software

  • Kevin Arutyunyan has used the new 3D viewer in QGIS 3.0 to visualise OSM data. He comments that “it makes you notice how much data is still missing” from OSM to make accurate 3D maps.
  • Answering a question mmd, one of the main developers of the Overpass API, explains that the upcoming version will offer a way to let you determine the length of paths in meters.

Programming

  • Up to now,”iD” has only been able to display satellite images in 4 brightness levels. In the upcoming version it will be possible to adjust brightness, contrast, saturation and sharpness between 0 and 200% from the base value.
  • Komяpa is offering a $100 bounty for a mod_tile/renderd pull request. He’s hoping to improve render queue lengths on tile.openstreetmap.org.
  • Thomas Skowron presents in issue 59 of his podcast “Microwave”, produced in cooperation with user U-Bahnnverleih his work on vector tiles, the project Grandine, the geodata format Spaten and the problems of the rendering toolchain (raster and vector) (from 0:58:40)

Releases

  • JOSM released the new stable version 13170.
  • The new release for Mapbox’s Android SDK v5.2.0 and iOS SDK v3.7.0 comes with client-side static map snapshots, georeferenced image sources, smooth transitions between styles, unlimited annotation images, shape annotation selection and improved VoiceOver compatibility.
  • Mapbox Navigation SDK for iOS v0.11.0 has upgraded to Swift 4, added reusable step list control and removed audio feedback feature.
  • The release of MapboxDirections.swift v0.14.0 and v0.15.0 comes with toll road/motorway/ferry avoidance options, property indicating whether cars drive on the right or left and much more.

Did you know …

  • … the affiliate links for Amazon? If you’re buying your christmas presents at Amazon, please consider using the affiliate program to help OSM 😉
  • For all who want to visit a nice locality in Schweich, here is the geoportal of Schweich, made with OpenSource, where you will find extensive information on geodata and map services of the municipality Schweich.

Other “geo” things

  • QGIS 3.0 is on the horizon. There are many improvements and new features, which means the documentation needs to be updated and the developers could use your help with this.
  • The ruthenium-106 traces (de) (Google translation) measured in the atmosphere at the beginning of October are very likely to have come from the Mayak nuclear facility. Due to the low dose, however, there was no danger to the public.
  • Czech Railways (national train operator) has stopped the distribution of 2018 agendas for employees and business partners. The agenda contains a small map on the last page, showing several disputed areas, ‘Islamic state’ or Russian Crimea.

Upcoming Events

Where What When Country
Denver Online High School Mitchell PoliMappers’ Adventures: One mapping quest each day 2017-12-01-2017-12-31 everywhere
Rennes Réunion mensuelle 2017-12-11 france
Lyon Rencontre mensuelle 2017-12-12 france
Nantes Réunion mensuelle 2017-12-12 france
Toulouse Rencontre mensuelle 2017-12-13 france
Brazil #CompleteTheMap Brasília – o evento 2017-12-13 brazil
Munich Stammtisch 2017-12-14 germany
Moscow Schemotechnika 13 2017-12-14 russia
Dresden Stammtisch 2017-12-14 germany
Berlin DB Open Data Hackathon 2017-12-15-2017-12-16 germany
Taipei OpenStreetMap Taipei Meetup 2017-12-18 taiwan
Bonn Bonner Stammtisch 2017-12-19 germany
Lüneburg Mappertreffen 2017-12-19 germany
Nottingham Pub Meetup 2017-12-19 united kingdom
Rome FOSS4G-IT 2018 2018-02-19-2018-02-22 italy
Bonn FOSSGIS 2018 2018-03-21-2018-03-24 germany
Poznań State of the Map Poland 2018 2018-04-13-2018-04-14 poland
Milan State of the Map 2018 (international conference) 2018-07-28-2018-07-30 italy

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This weeklyOSM was produced by Nakaner, Peda, Polyglot, SK53, SomeoneElse, Spanholz, YoViajo, derFred, jcoupey, jinalfoflia, sev_osm.

weeklyOSM 384

21/11/2017-27/11/2017

Frederic Stats

The currently most active OpenStreetMap contributors in almost realtime 1 | © Frederik Ramm

Mapping

  • Martijn van Exel is working on a new version of MapRoulette and asks users to name the feature they miss the most.
  • Selfish Seahorse asks on the mailing list how to tag correctly a street with a barrier but double-sided passage for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • The Telenav Mapping Team is active in Ecuador and invites the community to collaborate. Activities will initially focus on Quito, Guayquil, Cuenca, Machala and Loja.
  • On Reddit the question was raised if it is useful that StreetComplete adds the tag cycleway=no to roads that were reviewed with the app.

Community

  • [1] Frederik Ramm has published a visualisation website which shows the currently most active OpenStreetMap users in almost realtime.
  • Edward Betts has written a tool that makes it easy for OSM newcomers to find a mailing list relevant to them from the OSM environment. Local mailing lists could be added to the tool.
  • Geochicas celebrate their first anniversary!
  • This week SotMLatam 2017 in Lima is underway! Mappers from communities in Costa Rica, Chile, Colombia, Bolivia, Argentina, Mexico and Peru meet at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the National University of San Marcos in Peru. There is also the participation of public officials, technology researchers and open data to explore solutions for different topics.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • Four people are now candidates for the two vacancies in the OSMF board of directors. The additional candidates are: Paul Norman who is seeking re-election and David Dean. Although the mailing list osmf-talk discussions can be heated, dedicated mappers will certainly find good arguments for their election decision. The discussions revolve around: gender equality (although it remains unclear how this equality is to be measured); the possible influence of HOT US Inc. on the OSMF; to a possible influence of companies; and the under-representation of areas where few people are mapping. See also the Q&A with candidates on the wiki.
  • The Data Working Group released a draft Directed Editing policy (formerly known as ‘Organised Editing Policy’ or ‘Paid Editing Policy’). There is a short discussion on the Talk mailing list and a longer discussion on the OSMF-Talk mailing list where some people express their concern that the policy will impede the work of humanitarian mapping activities.
  • After many years of activity, the OSM community in the United Kingdom announced the decision to form an official OSM Local Chapter. The formally registered organisation plans to continue the good work on improving data collection, import and use, and on strenghtening the local community.

Humanitarian OSM

  • Nate Smith reports about HOT’s technology planning for 2018: more recognition and validation of volunteer roles; development of further partnerships for more training and tool development; more involvement of the community in the planning of core HOT tools and processes.
  • ThinkWhere, a Scottish GIS company, worked with HOT – the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team – to develop version 3 of the Tasking Manager.
  • The University of the Philippines is using OSM to develop resilience and natural disaster planning for its campuses.

Maps

  • OpenStreetMap is used in newly published paper Michelin maps for the islands of La Reunion, Martinique and Guadeloupe.

switch2OSM

  • Milad Moradi points out an MSc thesis on the quality of OSM for the Canadian road network. Hongyu Zhang from the University of Western Ontario finds OSM data is of comparable quality to other sources.

Open Data

  • The UK Finance Minister Phillip Hammod announced that a new Geospatial Commission will be formed to maximise the value of all UK government data linked to location. The mention of the possibility of the release of the national map agency (Ordnance Survey) MasterMap has excited lots of commentary: here, here and here; discussion on talk-gb; and a statement from OSM-UK.

Programming

  • Oleksiy Muzalyev writes that he has written a simple tool to report averaged values of ele tags on OpenStreetMap
  • Simone Primarosa (aka simoneepri) published a tool that
    extracts GeoJSONs of the boundaries of OpenStreetMap and other open databases.

OSM in the media

  • Bike Citizens Mobile Solutions a Graz software company (automatic translation) helps cities to better understand cycling. Their app allows cyclists to share issues with the cycle network. This generates data that provides information about behavior, obstacles or the choice of routes in urban cycling. Kofler explains, “We help the city planners to better understand the cycling traffic and thus adjust the infrastructure accordingly,”

Other “geo” things

  • Richard Fairhurst uses a railway map to offer a few hints about poor cartographic choices.
  • Helios Pro, an augmented reality app for iPhone and iPad, uses, among other data sources, OpenStreetMap buildings to render a 3D reconstruction of buildings.
  • ESA will soon be launching Galileo satellites number 19 to 22 from Kourou. (de) (automatic translation)
  • GIS finds its space on campus at the Center For Geospatial Analysis (CGA), it is housed on the second floor of the Earl Gregg Swem Library. This would become a space for anyone who is working on any type of GIS project.
  • Ahmed Loai Ali from the University of Bremen looks for participants for a study on the influence of human cognition on data classification in OSM.
  • Inside Culture, a programme on the Irish Radio station RTE1, provides an introduction to the Situationists, and also covers the recent 4th World Conference of Psychogeography (4wcop) in Huddersfield and psychogeography in Dublin. OSMer Tim Waters’ blog gives more links to 4wcop talks.
  • Wired suggests that “cartography is the new code” and that there is a developing skills shortage of skilled cartographers.
  • The weekly journal “Der Spiegel” published an article “How to dream” and talks about four interesting books (also for the wish list 😉 ) (de) (automatic translation) – Please observe all books are available in English as well.
    • Alastair Bonnett, New Views, The World Mapped Like Never Before: 50 maps of our physical, cultural and political world
    • Edward Brooke-Hitching, The Phantom Atlas: The Greatest Myths, Lies and Blunders on Maps
    • Georg Braun, Franz Hogenberg, Cities of the World, The Colored Tables from 1572-1617
    • Jasmine Desclaux-Salachas, The Art of Cartographics
  • The MIT Media Lab Emerging Worlds programme discusses on their blog the suitability of various address schemes for India.

Upcoming Events

Where What When Country
Lima State of the Map LatAm 2017 2017-11-29-2017-12-02 perú
London Pub meet-up 2017-11-30-Invalid date united kingdom
Yaoundé State of the Map Cameroun 2017 2017-12-01-2017-12-03 cameroun
Denver Online High School Mitchell Foundation board elections 2017-12-02 everywhere
Dortmund Mappertreffen 2017-12-03 germany
Grenoble Rencontre groupe local 2017-12-04 france
Rostock Rostocker Treffen 2017-12-05 germany
Albuquerque MAPABQ (join us!) 2017-12-06 united states
Stuttgart Stuttgarter Stammtisch 2017-12-06 germany
Montreal Les Mercredis cartographie 2017-12-06 canada
Antwerp Missing Maps @ IPIS 2017-12-06 belgium
Praha – Brno – Ostrava Kvartální pivo 2017-12-06 czech republic
Dresden Stammtisch 2017-12-07 germany
Berlin 114. Berlin-Brandenburg Stammtisch 2017-12-08 germany
Thessaloniki Ελληνικό OSM Party 2017-12-08 greece
Dar es Salaam State of the Map Tanzania 2017 2017-12-08-2017-12-10 tanzania
Denver Online High School Mitchell Foundation board elections 2017-12-09 everywhere
online via IRC Foundation Annual General Meeting 2017-12-09 everywhere
Rennes Réunion mensuelle 2017-12-11 france
Lyon Rencontre mensuelle 2017-12-12 france
Nantes Réunion mensuelle 2017-12-12 france
Toulouse Rencontre mensuelle 2017-12-13 france
Munich Stammtisch 2017-12-14 germany
Moscow Schemotechnika 13 2017-12-14 russia
Berlin DB Open Data Hackathon 2017-12-15-2017-12-16 germany
Rome FOSS4G-IT 2018 2018-02-19-2018-02-22 italy
Bonn FOSSGIS 2018 2018-03-21-2018-03-24 germany
Poznań State of the Map Poland 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 Anne Ghisla, Laura Barroso, Nakaner, Polyglot, SK53, Spanholz, YoViajo, derFred, jinalfoflia.