semanárioOSM 366

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Teilnehmerfoto der SotM Africa

SotM Africa in Kampala – read two reports 1 | © Harry Wood


  • Martijn van Exel writes on the Telenav blog a little bit about MapRoulette. He feels that the page with the most popular and newest challenges is not particularly easy to use. He asks for input to improve the way to find challenges of interest for contributors.
  • Pander proposed some improvements to the beautified JOSM presets for natural=tree in the tagging mailing list. See also discussion on the related Vespucci github issue..
  • Stuart Reynolds asks on Talk-gb mailing list whether “St” in names should be abbreviated or not.
  • Vivek Bansal, of Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, wants to set up a US Tasking Manager task for adding sidewalk=* tags across the entire Santa Clara County, California.
  • Mapillary invites participation in a mapathon to improve street-level photo coverage in Medellin. The mapathon runs until August 3rd.
  • Mapillary draws attention to the US Summer Bus Mapathon and publishes a tutorial on “How to Map Bus Routes and Infrastructure on OpenStreetMap”.
  • The ‘Mapper of the Month’ chosen by OpenStreetMap Belgium is Jamie Nadeau aka LogicalViolinist from Canada.


  • OpenStreetMap awards are back. It’s time for you to vote and support not just one but multiple nominees. This time’s procedure involves Approval Voting. Learn more about this in the blog post.
  • Mapmeld reasons and writes about translating OpenStreetMap into Divehi, the local language of the Maldives.


  • It looks like Robin Paulson has discovered an import of buildings with no documentation (Auckland, NZ).
  • Sam Libby works on a new feature for the iD editor to ease the import of “authoritative” (his wording) data from ArcGIS REST into OpenStreetMap without the need to use JOSM. Several OSM contributors have already commented on his issue.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • On July 18, an executive board meeting of the OSMF took place. Various topics were discussed, among others like “Microgrants”, and the corporate editing policy. OSM France was recognized as regional chapter (the contract is in the OSMF wiki). The log was still not online at the time.


  • The first SotM Africa was held between 8th and 10th July, you can read reports by Map Zambia and Janet Chapman sharing their experience at the conference.

Humanitarian OSM

  • An invitation on the Talk mailing list to a Community Webinar about the improvement of mapping residential areas initiates some criticism about the way that landuse=residential is used in some HOT mapping projects. Christoph Hormann explains why from his point of view you cannot use the same assumptions as used in Europe in regions where most people work in the primary sector (agriculture).


  • Wondering how to get an OSM-based map onto a Garmin device without external storage? This diary entry by robbieonsea contains detailed instructions.
  • OpenMapTiles developed a map which shows the names of places in different languages.
  • Mapbox presents “Whaam!” a map style inspired by the pop art movement, in particular, the work of Andy Warhol, James Rosenquist and Roy Lichtenstein. True eye candy!

Open Data

  • Dmitrij Kožuch is planning an open landuse map for Africa based on available data sources. The main source probably will be OSM.
  • The Guardian and GiGL have worked together to produce an open data set (currently only available through GiGL’s dropbox) of privately-owned public spaces (squares, plazas, parks etc) for Greater London.


  • The Overpass API instance of FOSSGIS e.V. ( had problems following a power outage. Metadata queries (out meta;) did not work. The problem is now fixed.



Walter Nordmann published emergency map 2.8. Main new feature is clustering for fire hydrants and rescue points.

Software Version Release date Comment
Jungle Bus 1.2.4 2017-07-20 No infos.
Komoot Android * 9.3 2017-07-18 No infos.
Magic Earth * 2017-07-19 Many changes, please read release info.
Mapbox GL JS v0.39.0 2017-07-21 Many changes, please read release info. Android * 7.4 2017-07-20 Improved routing, recent map data. iOS * 7.4 2017-07-20 Improved routing, recent map data.
OSRM Backend 5.9.0 2017-07-19 Many changes, please read release info.
OSM Contributor 3.0.9 2017-07-20 Bugs fixed.
QGIS 2.18.11 2017-07-21 No infos.
Simple GIS Client * 9.2 2017-07-18 VMany changes, please read release info.
VTM 0.8.0 2017-07-19 Many changes, please read release info.

Provided by the OSM Software Watchlist. Timestamp: 2017-07-22 21:29:55+02 UTC

(*) unfree software. See: freesoftware.

Did you know …

  • … there are coasters with OSM map print available on the Net? Including yellow cast for “vintage” look, however still without attribution.
  • Mike Bostocks command-line cartography – part 1 and part 2?
  • … the website where you can follow several OSM-related blogs?
  • … the open source project Plan4all? The umbrella organization offers open data for use in research, development, and innovation. OpenStreetMap plays an important role.

Other “geo” things

Upcoming Events

Where What When Country
Seattle Complete The Map Challenge, Mapillary image mapping 2017-06-23-2017-07-31 united states
Itami 【西国街道#08】オープンデータソンin伊丹「有岡城惣構」 2017-07-29 japan
Tokyo 東京!街歩かない!マッピングバーティ2 2017-07-29 japan
Managua Editathon with iD 2017-07-29 nicaragua
Taipei OpenStreetMap Taipei Meetup, MozSpace 2017-07-31 taiwan
Rostock Rostocker Treffen 2017-08-01 germany
Stuttgart Stuttgarter Stammtisch 2017-08-02 germany
Dresden Stammtisch Dresden 2017-08-03 germany
Brisbane Nundah Mapping Party 2017-08-04 australia
Amagasaki 地図好きに送るオープンストリートマップの使い方 in みんなのサマーセミナー2017 2017-08-05 japan
Taipei COSCUP OpenStreetMap Track, National Taiwan University Social Science College 2017-08-05 taiwan
Kusatsu 真夏のマッピングパーティ in 草津 2017-08-06 japan
Berlin 110. Berlin-Brandenburg Stammtisch 2017-08-11 germany
Passau Mappertreffen 2017-08-14 germany
Boston FOSS4G 2017 2017-08-14-2017-08-19 united states
Aizu-wakamatsu Shi State of the Map 2017 (international conference) 2017-08-18-2017-08-20 japan
Patan State of the Map Asia 2017 2017-09-23-2017-09-24 nepal
Colorado Boulder]] State of the Map U.S. 2017, [[Boulder 2017-10-19-2017-10-22
Buenos Aires FOSS4G+State of the Map Argentina 2017 2017-10-23-2017-10-28 argentina
Brussels FOSS4G Belgium 2017 2017-10-26 belgium
Lima State of the Map LatAm 2017 2017-11-29-2017-12-02 perú
Bonn FOSSGIS 2018 2018-03-21-2018-03-24 germany

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, Peda, PierZen, Polyglot, Rogehm, SK53, SomeoneElse, Spec80, YoViajo, derFred, doktorpixel14, jinalfoflia.

semanárioOSM 365


Number of comments per changeset

Pascal’s evaluation of the number of comments per changeset indicates many monologues 1 | Image by Pascal Neis under CC-BY-SA 3.0

Sobre nós

  • Por falta de mão-de-obra, esta edição weeklyOSM em português apenas se encontra traduzida nos artigos referentes a Portugal e Brasil e nos exclusivos da edição. Junte-se à nossa equipa!


  • Nicolas Toublanc has a nice culinary question on how to map "Oyster farmers: growers, sellers, oyster bar and seafood" and a quick answer by Vincent Bergeot. (fr)
  • Svavar Kjarrval wrote about several issues in the development of a router for pedestrians. He seeks solutions, including one to differentiate routing , whether a road can be crossed anywhere or must be crossed only on crosswalks.
  • Horea Meleg of TeleNav asks at the Talk-US mailing list for the good practice on how to map lanes, turn lanes and signposts
  • ChristianA shares in his user diary how he mapped some old and unused quarries near his home.
  • Earlier we reported about Daniel’s work related to identifying potential sharp turns onto ramps. Following some discussions, they have refined some checks and added new ones for sharp turns (e.g. sharp turns from one ramp onto another). Here are the up-to-date results for the planet.
  • Kathmandu Living Labs (KLL) has started "project Ilam" together with Marek Kleciak, Heinz_V and WojtekK. The main goal is to get the utmost possible data accuracy using new high resolution imagery from Bing and Digital Globe in the district of Ilam, Nepal. The wiki page of this project describes how to identify such areas from aerial images. The project should demonstrate to the authorities in developing countries the usefulness of OpenStreetMap. The area should act as test area for comparing armchair mapping data to the reality in the field and support governments and NGOs. The project is looking for experienced mappers: sorry, no newcomers.
  • User taz2015 asks at the English OSM Forum how to handle erroneous data from the TIGER import.
  • Mapbox has purchased satellite imagery of 8.2 million square kilometers. Camilla Mahon explained in Mapbox’s blog how it decides which areas require better pictures.



  • In a month, the State of the Map 2017 conference starts in Aizu-Wakamatsu, Japan.
  • This year marks the OSM’s 13th birthday which is celebrated on August 13th. Don’t forget to enter your local events to the OSM wiki.
  • On July 21st a mini conference takes place on bike data (open data) organized by the Open Knowledge Foundation Belgium in Brussels.
  • On July 15th, Marek Strassenburg-Kleciak was elected as chairman of OSM Poland in Łodź, Poland. For all other functions, refer to the website.
  • On Tuesday, July 19th, Rubén López of Mapbox made a presentation for 60 students at the Congress of Information and Communication Technologies in Churcampa – Huancavelica. Rubén spoke about OpenStreetMap, how to collaborate with the OpenStreetMap community, how to add data to the map and the different applications that can be done using OpenStreetMap data.

OSM Humanitário

  • John Whelan notes on the HOT mailing list that there is a large number of untagged ways in Chad. Many of them are buildings, but not all.


  • Mario asked in the gvSIG blog: "Have you decided to learn to work with a Geographic Information System and you don’t know how to start?" His answer to this question is a free book with the title, "Learning GIS with Game of Thrones“.


  • With the help of Leaflet and OverpassAPI, Harald Hartmann made a nice visualization of view points with views towards.

Dados abertos

  • The Ordnance Survey in England has released a large set of data with various green spaces in England as open data. It is not yet clear whether the data are compatible with OSM.


  • NextGIS announced OSMInfo, a new tool for using OSM data in QGIS.
  • The MapOSMatic fork of Hartmut now supports Email notifications once your requested map is ready or an error occurred. In addition, his instance also offers the map styles Pencil, Space Station and Blossom.


  • Daniel Koć searches a server to work on the middle zoom levels of OSM Carto for some weeks.
  • Andy Allan started work on the preparation of the integration of the moderation branch, a former GSoC project, into the OpenStreetMap website and API. The branch adds a report button. Up to now users have to report spam via email or IRC.


    Tobias Zwick has officially released StreetComplete. It can be downloaded at FDroid or in the PlayStore.

    • Jungle Bus 1.2 | 11.07.2017
    • Komoot Android 9.3 | 13.07.2017
    • Kurviger Free 1.1.5 | 13.07.2017
    • Mapillary Android 3.67 | 11.07.2017
    • OSM Contributor 3.0.5 | 12.07.2017

    The new release of Mapbox Directions swift comes with added attribute options option, congestion, for obtaining the level of traffic congestion along each segment of a RouteLeg and much more

    Mapbox’s new release for the Navigation iOS comes with a style specifically designed for turn-by-turn navigation, with French, Hungarian, Lithuanian, Persian, and Spanish localizations and much more.

Sabia que…\Conhece…

  • The uMap map of all world-wide host cities of the State of the Map (SotM) and FOSSGIS events

Outras coisas “geo”

  • An animation of ThingsWork shows the course of a day for winter and summer solstice.
  • ThingsWork shows the change of the Ucayali river from 1985 to 2013.
  • Boundless, an US open-source GIS company, announces a "strategic partnership" with Mapbox. In a press release they say that their customers will receive easier access to Mapbox products.
  • Mapzen now offers map matching, which "takes in a trajectory of latitude/longitude coordinates and returns back a route line that is snapped to the OpenStreetMap road network and enriched with attributes, like speed limits and freeway exit signs."
  • ORF reported about a study of the University of Stanford, how much people are walking in different countries on daily-basis.
  • Antonio Zugaldia from Mapbox shows how to generate traffic maps and add images in Alexa Show skill using Mapbox Java Services.

Próximos eventos

Este semanárioOSM foi produzido por Nakaner, Peda, Rogehm, Spec80, derFred, jinalfoflia.