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07/11/2017-13/11/2017

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The ADFC (German Cyclist Association) holds a mirror map up to the administration in Dresden, Germany. 1 | © Mapbox, © OpenStreetMap Mitwikende, oDbL © Nils Larson

Mapping

  • Yuri Astrakhan re-started the discussion on the Talk mailing list about the tool to do mechanical edits (it is now called Sophox). Yuri is perceived by many as unreasonable as before and tries to ignore all the unwritten rules in OSM.
  • Enrico asks on the Tagging mailing list how to tag a religious mural painting, “Affresco votivo” in Italian.
  • Through a Twitter moment, user sev_osm showcased over 10 outreach and training workshops on CarteInnov run by Les Libres Geographes (LLG) and local OSM mappers. This project supported by International Organization of Francophonie (OIF) aims at building an open map of Digital Innovation stakeholders in Haiti, Madagascar and 12 African countries. The data is hosted in OSM and edited with MapContrib.
  • You can cast your vote on the revised version of the Fire Hydrant Extensions proposal until November 27th. The original version did not achieve the required majority.
  • The voting of the proposal Metro Mapping has started and will end on November 24th. Several people including companies which already map stations criticize the proposal on the Tagging mailing list.
  • Gabe Appleton presents his suggestion for the timing of traffic lights and expects constructive criticism.
  • BeKri complains (de) (automatic translation) in the German forum about a remarkably large number of new Wheelmap users in Munich, who very often enter POIs twice or place them at wrong locations. Holger from Wheelmap promises a new editor which can only edit wheelchair=* and toilet:wheelchair=* tags.

Community

  • The developers of Jungle Bus shares a tweet on Twitter for help to translate their app.
  • The Atom Feed interface of Pascal Neis Suspicious OpenStreetMap Changesets has now got the optional bbox parameter. The parameter country can then be omitted. (Source)
  • User ChristianA wrote a blog post about the drawbacks of open data. The lack of outdoor and more armchair mapping.
  • An incorrect wikidata link in OSM caused an area of the Bronx to be mislabelled on Mapbox Vector tiles.
  • Kathmandu Living Labs invited the current Women Leaders in Technology ([WLiT(http://wlit.org.np/)) fellowship holders to join a special OSM session. Participants gained their first experiences in the use of OSM through hand-on mapping. They also had a chance to learn about mapping and OSM, as well as possible ways to contribute to the global OSM database.
  • Sterling Geo describes in their blog how they compared Sentinel-2 data with OSM land use data.

Imports

  • The company Cybo which operates a yellow pages directory wants to offer its POI data to OpenStreetMap. There are two parallel threads on the Imports and Talk-us mailing list. the coordinates seem to be retrieved using Google’s geocoding API and cannot be used by OSM due to legal reasons.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • Just less than three years ago, a member-initiated initiative proposed to reorganize the terms of office for OSMF board members and limit the terms of office. Simon Poole writes to the Osmf-talk mailing list about getting a clear statement from the board on addressing this in 2018
  • Data Working Group has published its activity report (PDF) for the third quarter of 2017.
  • Members of FOSSGIS e.V., the de-facto local OSM chapter in Germany, discuss about a grant application (de) (automatic translation) to sponsor a secondary production server for the German instance of the Overpass API (overpass-api.de).
  • This year’s meeting of the OSM Foundation members will take place on December 9th via IRC. Details can be found in the invitation email. Two new board members must be elected. OSMF members can register as candidates until November 25th. Details on the elections in the OSM-Wiki, and there is also a page for voter questions.

Humanitarian OSM

  • HOT calls out an acitivation due to the Iran-Iraq earthquake.
  • John Whelan inquires on the HOT mailing list to assist in testing building mapping projects in Malawi.
  • OSM Zambia received a “microgrant” from HOT that made it possible to carry out extensive mapping training in Zambia’s schools.
  • HOT has published a call for applications for a position to develop a mapping visualisation tool which creates videos visualising edits in an area. Application deadline is 17th November.
  • A BBC radio feature talks about Missing Maps, mapathons, armchair mapping, Red Cross, mapping buildings, roads, and rivers.

Maps

  • Developers of OSM Carto discuss if restaurants, pubs, and similar amenities should be rendered as small brown squares on zoom level 17 as it already happens with most shops (in pink).
  • [1] The ADFC (member of the ECF) tries to use an OSM based map to get the Dresden administration to do more for cyclists. Nils Larsen, the author of the map, has announced a “how to” post which will be published shortly.
  • User Komzpa submitted a pull request to OSM Carto which adds rendering of place=* on areas. Some people fear that it supports the duplication of place=* tags in OSM (currently mainly mapped on nodes).

Software

  • Pieter Vander Vennet shows how to write your own OsmAnd routing profile.

Programming

  • Richard Fairhurst describes in his user diary how to debug Lua scripts of Osm2pgsql and OSRM without re-running a time consuming import each iteration.

Did you know …

  • … that you can create new nodes in JOSM while you are in the extrusion mode (key X) by doing a double-click? It saves pressing A and X. (via a thread (de) in the German OSM forum)
  • Latest Changes on OpenStreetMap by Martin Raifer? It shows all changed objects in the last seven days in an area.

Other “geo” things

  • CityLab reported: London’s Oxford Street will become a pedestrian zone. 800m of traffic will be closed to vehicles by 2018. This fact is also a challenge for OpenStreetMap.
  • An interview by MARTECHSERIES with Javier de la Torre, the founder of CARTO (including the basic map of OSM).
  • In its latest issue, the Spanish online magazine NOSOLOSIG reports on the first maps of the Palaeolithic period. The map carved in a stone, which clearly contains geographical references, was found during excavations in the cave of Abauntz near the village of Arraitz about 20 km north of Pamplona, Spain, and is therefore called “the map of Abauntz”. A translation of the article with deepl is worthwhile. 😉 (es) (automatic translation)
  • Gulf News reports that the 2nd “Louvre” was opened in Abu Dhabi. Of course, it is already recorded in OSM. The tagging is obviously still not complete. 😉
  • Theodolite, an app for “Augmented Reality”, which according to prMac contains excellent OSM data even in “the middle of nowhere” is coming for iPhone X.
  • A tourist from Milan got stuck with his vehicle in a medieval alley in Como because he trusted his satnav more than his eyes. The map data was not from OpenStreetMap, but the incident inspired the local OSM comunity to recheck the area for possible mistakes.

Upcoming Events

Where What When Country
online via Mumble OpenStreetMap Foundation public board meeting 2017-11-16 everywhere
Digne-les-Bains Cartopartie : Libre information sur les services de santé 2017-11-16 france
Fort Collins CSU Ger Community Mapping Center Mapathon Colorado State University 2017-11-16 united states
Suzhou OpenStreetMap Youth Promotion 2017-11-18 china
Helsinki HOT-OSM Finland Geoweek Mapathon 2017 2017-11-18 finland
Brazil Brasília OpenStreetMap Edit challenge begins with a focus on road characteristics 2017-11-19 brazil
London Raincatcher Mapathon for Tanzania 2017-11-21 united kingdom
Lüneburg Mappertreffen 2017-11-21 germany
Nottingham Pub Meetup 2017-11-21 united kingdom
Edinburgh Pub meeting 2017-11-21 united kingdom
Viersen OSM Stammtisch Viersen 2017-11-21 germany
Lübeck Lübecker Stammtisch 2017-11-23 germany
Apach (Moselle) – Schengen (Luxembourg) – Perl (Saarland) 1. OpenSaar-Lor-Lux Stammtisch 2017-11-24 germany
Bremen Bremer Mappertreffen 2017-11-27 germany
Bonn 100! Bonner Stammtisch 2017-11-28 germany
Brussels Missing Maps @ MSF/HI 2017-11-28 belgium
Dusseldorf Stammtisch 2017-11-29 germany
Lima State of the Map LatAm 2017 2017-11-29-2017-12-02 perú
Yaoundé State of the Map Cameroun 2017 2017-12-01-2017-12-03 cameroun
Dar es Salaam State of the Map Tanzania 2017 2017-12-08-2017-12-10 tanzania
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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31/10/2017-06/11/2017

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How did you contribute with new features 1 | © Pascal Neis

About us

  • SunCobalt has written a parser in Python for the wiki calendar based on the new hCalendar format. The parser has already been successfully integrated into OSMBC so that the OpenStreetMap calendar will remain a part of WeeklyOSM even after 2017-12-31. Big thanks to Thomas on behalf of our readers as well.

Mapping

  • An enthusiastic tweet from Pascal Neis celebrating the reaching of one million members who contributed at least one changeset to OSM. The responses suggest that figure is a little high if one takes into account unsuccessful edits (empty changesets), and that the actual mark of one million data contributors will be passed in the next couple of months.
  • Antoine Riche reports (fr) about a procurement market to add and maintain bike-related data in OSM around Paris, France. A mapper has been hired and the ongoing work is tracked using #CartoVeloIDF. Carto’Cité will handle connections with the OSM and biking communities. In the light of the recent discussions on paid mapping, they make a point of documenting the whole process on the wiki.
  • Strava has updated its heatmap and written an article about the update. Evaluating three trillion latitude/longitude points (10 terabytes of raw data), the heatmap can also be used in iD and JOSM.
  • User ypid reported in his blog that there are nearly 1 million recorded opening hours in OSM.

Community

  • [1] Pascal Neis’ tool “How did you contribute to #OpenStreetMap?” was updated. Pascal marked the changes in the tweet image. A blog post has been announced, but not yet published.
  • Since October 23rd, members of Project EOF, supported by OIF, carried out seven “OSM, FreeGIS and open data” workshops in Niamey (Niger), Ouagadougou (Burkina-Faso), Saint-Louis (Senegal), Lomé (Togo) as well as Saint-Marc, Cap-Haitien and Port-au-Prince (Haiti) and also 15 one-day actions mixing conferences, technical sessions and mapathons. Follow this on Twitter through #ActionOifProjetEOF.
  • The OSM community was recently awarded at the DINACon conference on digital sustainability. The announcement includes the list of this year’s OSM Awards, awarded at SotM 2017.
  • The Nigerian OpenStreetMap community now has a Twitter account.

Imports

  • After Paris and Nice, Vincent Frison plans to import building heights in Montpellier, France. He created a dedicated wiki page to document the process, based on different ground models and open data provided by the city.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • The provisional minutes of the meeting of the Licensing Working Group of OSMF on November 2nd are online. Main topics are the directive on the use of the “State of the Map” trademark and data protection issues in connection with the new EU Data Protection Basic Regulation.

Events

  • The State of the Map LatAm 2017 program is online! You can find out more about the activities here.

Humanitarian OSM

  • The International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) and Red Crescent Societies joined Missing Maps. It aims not only to encourage engagement and support in mapping activities but also improve data literacy and skills across the IFRC.
  • The IFRC and the International School of Geneva hosted a Missing Maps event for secondary (high) school students.
  • User MKnight writes (de) (automatic translation) a diary post about the user interface of Tasking Manager version 3.

Maps

  • Sven Geggus, maintainer of the German fork of OSM Carto reports about its current state and the recent difficulties.
  • The developers of OSM Carto discuss a proposal to increase the minimum zoom level of some features whose rendering currently starts on zoom levels 5 to 7. Propositions of different rendering based on density/realities of different countries are rejected because of limits of the rendering tool.

Software

  • User baditaflorin wrote a diary entry on how to create a translation file to convert shapefiles to OSM data. Furthermore, Cygnus is used for conflation.

Programming

  • Bryan Housel merged a pull request bringing OpenStreetCam imagery into the iD editor.
  • Carto users ask more and more often to quickly render large geographic datasets with the PostGIS-Mapnik toolchain. Paul Ramsey provides an accurate performance analysis of the various processing steps, alongside with available optimisations and future development plans.
  • User Convergence presented a new 3D renderer on Reddit with New York as an example.

Did you know …

Other “geo” things

  • Steve tweets about the free WiFi finder that he built using Mapbox’s iOS store locator and his city Alberta, Canada’s open data.
  • Jinal Foflia tweeted a picture at the San Francisco International Airport that is using Mapbox maps with OpenStreetMap data.
  • The Guardian newspaper uses OpenStreetMap data to illustrate the effects of rises in global sea level on various major cities around the world.
  • Gerry McGovern writes about navigation-induced traffic jams in England, and more broadly about the consequences of digitalisation on modern society.
  • TechCrunch reported the acquisition of MapData, a neural network-based mapping startup by Mapbox. An augmented reality-based map SDK should be coming soon next year.
  • Dimi (@sztanko) tweeted a face-off between Bing Maps and Google StreetView cars.
  • An article in “The Conversation”, an online magazine, discusses the importance of ‘openness‘ for the digital economy; and mentions OpenStreetMap. It compares the knowledge power revolution step of internet with Gutenberg first printer in 1440.

Upcoming Events

Where What When Country
Tokyo 東京!街歩き!マッピングパーティ:第13回 大宮八幡宮 2017-11-11 japan
Santiago Reunión OSM Chile Noviembre 2017 2017-11-11 chile
Rennes Réunion mensuelle 2017-11-13 france
Taipei OSMGeo Week Taipei 2017-11-13 taiwan
Zurich Stammtisch Zürich 2017-11-13 switzerland
Lyon Rencontre mensuelle 2017-11-14 france
Nantes Réunion mensuelle 2017-11-14 france
Heidelberg Disastermappers Missing Maps mapathon to support OSM GeoWeek 2017-11-14 germany
Karlsruhe Stammtisch 2017-11-15 germany
Ulm Mapping Munyu (OSM Geo Week) 2017-11-15 germany
Rennes Cartopartie humanitaire de Bamako (OSM Geo Week) 2017-11-15 france
Greeley UNC Mapathon University of Northern Colorado 2017-11-15 united states
online via Mumble OpenStreetMap Foundation public board meeting 2017-11-16 everywhere
Digne-les-Bains Cartopartie : Libre information sur les services de santé 2017-11-16 france
Fort Collins CSU Ger Community Mapping Center Mapathon Colorado State University 2017-11-16 united states
Helsinki HOT-OSM Finland Geoweek Mapathon 2017 2017-11-18 finland
Bonn 100! Bonner Stammtisch 2017-11-21 germany
Lüneburg Mappertreffen 2017-11-21 germany
Nottingham Pub Meetup 2017-11-21 united kingdom
Edinburgh Pub meeting 2017-11-21 united kingdom
Lübeck Lübecker Stammtisch 2017-11-23 germany
Perl(DE)-Apach(FR)-Schengen(LU) 1. OpenSaar-Lor-Lux Stammtisch 2017-11-24 luxembourg
Lima State of the Map LatAm 2017 2017-11-29-2017-12-02 perú
Yaoundé State of the Map Cameroun 2017 2017-12-01-2017-12-03 cameroun
Dar es Salaam State of the Map Tanzania 2017 2017-12-08-2017-12-10 tanzania
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 Anne Ghisla, Nakaner, PierZen, Polyglot, SK53, Spanholz, Spec80, TheFive, derFred, jcoupey, jinalfoflia, keithonearth, sev_osm, wambacher.