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Please help in the humanitarian mapping tasks for the earthquake in Mexico (2017-09-19). 1

Mapping

  • Contributor Cascafico has their own instance of OSM Analytic Tracker for Northeast Italy running on an Orange Pi minicomputer. This is a changeset observer with its own graphical visualisation of the changesets (example).
  • Tom Pfeifer asks on the Tagging mailing list if the contact:*=* tags are being misused for review websites, such as TripAdvisor and Yelp.
  • Contributor dega reports (FR) on talk-ca that Telenav added nonexistent roads. These planned roads were stopped by Environment Canada. In the same changeset, motorway temporary deviations have also been added. These problems seems to be related to interpretation of road navigation data coming out of some softwares. To be use very carefully!
  • User GOwin reports about HailHydra(nt)!, an initiative he launched in the Davao region (Philippines), in collaboration with the local fire officials. Its goal is the mapping of fire hydrants, fire stations and volunteer brigades. The tools used during the mapathon were OSMHydrant and OsmAnd.
  • Giacomo Servadei continued to work on the PT_Assistant plugin for JOSM, which makes editing public transport on OpenStreetMap a lot more convenient. It provides visual feedback, validation and some extra tools. Now, the plugin also reports to the user any problems with continuity in hiking and bicycle-route relations. And it helps with adding forward/backward roles where these routes fork.
  • User praktikyadav from Mapbox reported in his user blog a major update to the Mapbox satellite-imagery base-map layer.
  • The proposed feature, Language Information, (we reported earlier), has been rejected.
  • Simon Poole reported on a major update of the editor presets for suggesting the names of shops and other branded businesses. He requests that users check the suggestions in non-Latin alphabets, as many more have been added.

Community

  • Visit downtown Tarija, a Bolivian city (South America) with images you can use to improve maps.
  • Marena Brinkhurst tweets saying Imagining 2020 headlines about a poster stating ‘No maps are missing’. Let’s hope that it will be added «They are exact and of great quality».
  • Dave Corley rebooted the idea of an OSM Ireland chapter.
  • Yuri Astrakhan starts the name search for his Wikidata+OSM SPARQL query service. The JOSM Wikipedia plugin was extended. Once installed, you can download data using a SPARQL query, combining conditions based on OSM and Wikidata details.
  • Jo is looking for students with knowledge of Java and the OSM data model. Interest in route relations would be an advantage.
  • This month’s “Mapper of the Month” in Belgium is Jonathan Beliën aka jbelien. Read the interview.

Imports

  • Statistic Canada hosted a mapping workshop during the HOT Summit 2017. They presented the results of the Pilot project with the local OSM community in Ottawa-Gatineau to import building footprints. The aim is to map every Canadian building by 2020. StatCan counts on municipalities to release building footprints as Open Data.
  • Vincent Frison plans to import building heights in Nice, France, following the same process he used for Paris two years ago. He asks for feedback on Talk-FR and on the French forum.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • On the Talk mailing list, the discussion on the draft directive about the use of the trademark «OpenStreetMap» («Trademark Policy») has resumed (we reported). Among others, this directive concerns those whose projects are based on «OpenStreetMap» or «OSM».

Events

  • The detailed program of SotM-US 2017 in Boulder, Colorado has been published on the event’s website. Mark the dates: October 20th to 22nd!
  • SotM-Asia 2017 will take place in Kathmandu, Nepal on September 23-24. The chosen theme is «from creation to use of OSM data»: the increasing amount of available data about the Asian continent needs further ideas and tools able to process them. More details on registration, location and schedule are available on the event’s website.

Humanitarian OSM

  • Daniel Mietchen writes some detailed notes, including feedback and critiques, whilst using MapSwipe for the first time.
  • [1] In Mexico, mappers and reviewers are still needed. For current cause: new earthquake, new task.
  • Martin Noblecourt reminds that satellite imagery is not necessarily correctly aligned, and shows how you can deal with the problem.
  • On Talk-US, Jeffrey Ollie mentions that Digital Globe has published post-Harvey and Irma images, promptly made available as tiles by OpenAerialMap.

Maps

  • kocio-pl suggests in a pull request to add boundary=protected_area to OSM Carto.
  • math1985 wants to darken the colour of farmlands in OSM Carto and submitted a pull request for that purpose.

switch2OSM

  • Pierre Béland (aka pierzen) reports on Talk-CA that the «Canadian Press» agency releases OpenStreetMap maps via the MapBox services.These maps should appear in the in various Canadian newspapers subscribed to the Canadian Press.

Open Data

  • The provincial administration of New Brunswick (Canada) has donated its aerial photos to ESRI.

Software

  • On the Talk mailing list, Nicolas Guillaumin seeks a new maintainer for OSMTracker for Android.
  • StephaneP’s OSM diary shows usage of low-cost GPS RTK with open-source software RTKLIB to create an RTK base station and obtain a few centimeters precision with correction of the satellite signal. To learn more, you can ask questions in the diary.

Programming

  • The OpenRouteService backend is now available under the Apache license on Github. As this is a GraphHopper fork, the ORS was eventually converted from its own implementation to a GraphHopper-based system in recent years.
  • During his Google Summer of Code, Bogdan Afonins has developed many improvements for the search and download dialog of JOSM.

Releases

  • OSM Carto 4.3.0 fixed mostly bugs.

Did you know …

OSM in the media

  • The New York Times published an article about the humanitarian needs after Hurricane Irma. The maps showing the information are OSM based.
  • The magazine We Demain reports that the French organisation «Hackers Against Natural Disasters (Hand)» has sent equipment worth €30,000 to the area affected by Irma Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélémy. Among other things, drones were delivered for mapping. (fr) (automatic translation)

Other “geo” things

  • Nothing for nerds, but a nice advertising video for the GraphHopper API.
  • OSM is also frequently used for visualisation of geographically relevant content: here in the macroplastics project of the University of Oldenburg, Germany.
  • Mercedes-Benz decided to use the proprietary and patented What3words geocoding method in their navigation aids. These codes must not be entered into the OSM database due to their restrictive licence policy!

Upcoming Events

Where What When Country
Liguria Wikigita a Santo Stefano Magra, Santo Stefano di Magra, La Spezia 2017-09-23 italy
Tokyo 東京!街歩かない!マッピングパーティ3 2017-09-23 japan
Patan State of the Map Asia 2017 2017-09-23-2017-09-24 nepal
Taipei OpenStreetMap Taipei Meetup, MozSpace 2017-09-25 taiwan
Bremen Bremer Mappertreffen 2017-09-25 germany
Graz Stammtisch Graz 2017-09-25 austria
Berlin 111.1 Berlin-Brandenburg Sonderstammtisch Intergeo 2017-09-25 germany
Salt Lake City OSM Utah GeoBeers 2017-09-26 united states
Scotland Mapathon Missing maps, Glasgow 2017-09-26 united kingdom
Berlin Intergeo 2017 2017-09-26-2017-09-28 germany
Leuven Leuven Monthly OpenStreetMap Meetup 2017-09-27 belgium
Lyon Mapathon missing maps à Lyon à l’atelier des médias, L’atelier des médias 2017-09-28 france
Lübeck Lübecker Stammtisch 2017-09-28 germany
Brisbane West End Mapping Party, West End 2017-09-30 australia
Ise 伊勢河崎でマッピングパーティ 2017-09-30 japan
La Paz Mapas Digitales para Periodistas, El Alto 2017-09-30 bolivia
Turin Viverone mapping party, Viverone, Biella 2017-10-01 italy
Essen Mappertreffen Essen 2017-10-04 germany
Stuttgart Stuttgarter Stammtisch 2017-10-04 germany
Montreal Les Mercredis cartographie 2017-10-04 canada
Dresden Stammtisch Dresden 2017-10-05 germany
Salt Lake City Mapping Night 2017-10-05 united states
Dortmund Mappertreffen Dortmund 2017-10-08 germany
Fukuchi Machi 福智町の歴史・文化まち歩きプロジェクト~自分のチカラで世界中にタカラ発信!~ 2017-10-08 japan
Rennes Réunion mensuelle 2017-10-09 france
Colorado,Boulder State of the Map U.S. 2017 2017-10-19-2017-10-22 united states
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

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Disaster OpenRouteService now active in the Caribbean, North America (incl. Mexico) and Bangladesh [1] | Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors, powered by MapSurfer.NET, © Leaflet

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  • We are always looking for people to help us improve our newsletter so it can get out faster, have more depth and coverage, and generally improve it for our readers, like you. Please join our team by contacting us now, it’s fun! 😉

Mapping

  • Joost asks in the tagging mailing list about an alternativebarrier=cattle_grid for its electrical equivalent.
  • John Eldredge noticed on a user was adding the height of peaks in the name=* tag, and asks on the tagging mailing list for community feedback.
  • Penegal announces his long-prepared proposal to refine the tagging of sinkholes.
  • dieterdreist criticized the preset to pedestrian crossings in the iD Editor, since it automatically adds the tag crossing=zebra, as this does not apply to all the crossings.

Community

  • User vtcraghead asks for contact to local mappers in the Dominican Republic as the talk-do mailing list is «pretty quiet».
  • OpenStreetMapMx says «Thanks a lot to the digital volunteers mapping #Juchitan». The southern part of the city is already 90% finished, but the north still needs your help: HOT Tasking Manager
  • After a feedback workshop for capacity building, both technical and organizational, held at the end of August, members from OpenStreetMap Benin later participated (last week) in the National conference of free software in Cotonou, where they promoted OpenStreetMap and free geodata.
  • User @cumberdumb noted on Twitter that the speed bumps he mapped in his area where mainly in low income areas. SK53 notes that in Nottingham there is only a weak correlation between low income and speed bumps.

Imports

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • The license working group (LWG) added point 3.3.6 in the draft of a trademark policy. The LWG tried to dispel the feedback on the mailing list talk (we reported). Further feedback is welcome on the mailing list talk.
  • The next public OSMF board meeting will take place on September 21th. They will talk about changes to the Travel Policy.

Events

  • The Mali OpenStreetMap community — in collaboration with the University of Ségou — announces its 2nd Capacity Development Camp in Segou, from 11 to 15 September. Participation is for around 25 students from Geography and IT. This year, officers from Segou townhall will also be trained from 18 to 20 September
  • Violaine Doutreleau announced on the Talk-fr list that CartOng is organizing a Mapathon in collaboration with several OSM contributors from francophone African countries during OSMGeoWeek from November 12 to 18. The objective is to organize or support mapathons in France and in several countries of French-speaking Africa (Niger, Mali, Madagascar, Senegal, Burkina Faso).
  • The first weekend in September the Elbe-Labe-Meeting 2017 took place in
    Germany. Read the report and watch the film.

Humanitarian OSM

  • Hundreds of mappers are currently engaging in HOT efforts to map the regions struck by Hurricane Irma by tracing buildings and roads in Florida and the Caribbean. For assisting the recovery there are planned buildings imports for Tampa and Clearwater, Florida.
  • 2017 Mexico Earthquake Response is an activation of the OSM community across Latin America and the Humanitarian OSM Team to provide map data to assist the response to this earthquake that devastated Mexico. This is an ongoing disaster and in need of mappers and validators for the mapping tasks.
  • [1] Luisa Janine Griesbaum reported in GIScience News Blog of the University of Heidelberg, that GIScience Heidelberg/HeiGIT updated their OpenStreetMap based Disaster OpenRouteService (a special version of OpenRouteService.org) to the following routing regions North America (incl. Mexico), Caribbean, Bangladesh in order to support the mapping and rescue activities. The data is currently updated every 24h (around 21:00 CET — thanks to Geofabrik).
  • HOT Activates for Three Disasters
  • HOT and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) are working together to map refugee settlements in Uganda. A mapathon was organized and 18 international aid agencies participated.
  • Brynne Morris from Mapbox writes a blog which consists of the recovery and relief maps that were made for Hurricane Harvey and also calls the community to contribute to Harvey relief efforts and improve the map in communities that are immediately in the path of Harvey.
  • MAPS.ME and Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team Partner to Crowdsource Data for Humanitarian Response

Maps

  • OpenStreetBrowser now supports permalinks (as reported last week) which codes your current map position, opened categories and opened map objects. It is now easier to share data.
  • pnorman would like that ‘place=* tags on admin-relations should be rendered so that errors in tagging are visible. In the discussion on Github, it is proposed that instead the corresponding border relations in the United States should be corrected.

switch2OSM

  • Nicolas Dumoulin informs the Talk-fr discussion group about discussions with the «Conseil départemental du Puy-de-Dôme». A Mapping party is planned and various POI should be added to the map.
  • Entur is a company owned by the Norwegian government tasked with building a multi-modal public transport planner for all of Norway. The travel planner uses OpenTripPlanner, which in turn uses OSM for foot routing.

Open Data

Releases

The JOSM stable release 12712 was published on the 17th of August. It adds Java 9 compatibility, and improves the dialogue for Overpass API download and search based on presets are special highlights. Bogdans Afonins worked on those 2 features as part of GSoC 2017. We want to thank the whole JOSM developer team for their continued efforts to provide us this great editing tool.

Did you know …

  • … the new overview to clean up errors on OSM provided by Mapbox?
  • UpdateWindy.com, an OSM based live map which shows wind activities (clouds, temperature, cloud tops, cloud base, waves and much more besides) worldwide? Windy is also available as an application for mobile phones. (Apple, Android) — Windy.com uses OpenStreetMap data without proper attribution as required by the OpenStreetMap License. See it here on Lacking proper attribution. See the discussion on talk as well.

OSM in the media

Other “geo” things

  • A map showing Hurricane Irma translated to Europe may have exaggerated it’s size. SK53 corrected the projection onto Mercator corrected.
  • Glenn Bech shares a 3D print of his OpenStreetMap export from New York, you can also have one for yourself using ‘Thingireverse‘.
  • Map Stylizer, version 1 of a web app to create highly stylized (and not-so-useful) maps.
  • Paul Plowman explains how he discovered two adjacent houses on the same road with the same housenumber.

Upcoming Events

Where What When Country
Zaragoza Mapping Party #Zaccesibilidad Arrabal, Mapeado Colaborativo 2017-09-16 spain
Moscow Big Schemotechnika 11 2017-09-16 russia
Nishinomiya 【西国街道#09・最終回】西宮郷・酒蔵マッピングパーティ 2017-09-16 japan
Nara 防災トレジャーハンター~自分を守り、地域を守る!~(UDC2017) 2017-09-16 japan
Buenos Aires 2do Mapatón OSM Baires @ Instituto Geográfico Nacional 2017-09-16 argentina
Rennes Cartographie collaborative du Musée de Bretagne, pour les Journées européennes du patrimoine 2017-09-16-2017-09-17 france
Nantes Participation aux Journées européennes du patrimoine à l’École de Longchamp 2017-09-16-2017-09-17 france
Montreal Cartopartie dans Hochelaga-Maisonneuve 2017-09-17 canada
Bonn Bonner Stammtisch 2017-09-19 germany
Lüneburg Mappertreffen Lüneburg 2017-09-19 germany
Nottingham Nottingham Pub Meetup 2017-09-19 united kingdom
Scotland Pub meeting, Edinburgh 2017-09-19 united kingdom
Cologne Stammtisch 2017-09-20 germany
Osaka もくもくマッピング! #09 2017-09-20 japan
Paris Mapathon Missing Maps @LLL, Liberté Living Lab 2017-09-21 france
Arizona Josm Workshop at 2017 AGIC Conference, Prescott 2017-09-21 united states
Karlsruhe Stammtisch 2017-09-21 germany
Liguria Wikigita a Santo Stefano Magra, Santo Stefano di Magra, La Spezia 2017-09-23 italy
Tokyo 東京!街歩かない!マッピングパーティ3 2017-09-23 japan
Patan State of the Map Asia 2017 2017-09-23-2017-09-24 nepal
Taipei OpenStreetMap Taipei Meetup, MozSpace 2017-09-25 taiwan
Bremen Bremer Mappertreffen 2017-09-25 germany
Graz Stammtisch Graz 2017-09-25 austria
Berlin 111.1 Berlin-Brandenburg Sonderstammtisch Intergeo 2017-09-25 germany
Salt Lake City OSM Utah GeoBeers 2017-09-26 united states
Berlin Intergeo 2017 2017-09-26-2017-09-28 germany
Lyon Mapathon missing maps à Lyon à l’atelier des médias, L’atelier des médias 2017-09-28 france
Lübeck Lübecker Stammtisch 2017-09-28 germany
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

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This weeklyOSM was produced by Nakaner, PierZen, Polyglot, SK53, SeleneYang, Spanholz, derFred, doktorpixel14, ec, jinalfoflia, keithonearth, sev_osm.