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02/10/2018-08/10/2018

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The tags landuse and landcover on https://osmlanduse.org  [1] | © GIScience Research Group](http://www.geog.uni-heidelberg.de/giscience.html), Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Mapping

  • The voting for the key assembly_point:purpose= has started. The key is is intended to be used with emergency=assembly_point where there is a need to specify the kind of hazard – fire, tsunami, earthquake, tornado.
  • Warin61 noticed that quite a few public transport route relations are broken. He describes the minimal requirements to make them pass the tests from GeoFabrik’s OSMInspector validation tool, which is a lot easier than having to go through the respective wiki pages documenting how to map bus and train route relations.

Community

  • For the third consecutive year members of the OSM Mali community hosted a week-long OSM training camp in Segou for students of the local university. About 70 students have been taught OSM techniques since 2016.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • Jinal Foflia explains the reasons and benefits of joining the OpenStreetMap Foundation (OSMF) and how to become a member. She also points out that a membership fee waiver program will be implemented soon.
  • OSM US welcomes their new executive director. Jaye Matthews was selected from more than 40 applicants for the newly established full-time position. She has more than 20 years of experience in non-profit leadership, but is completely new to OpenStreetMap.

Events

  • On October 19th a mapping party with specific focus on wheelchair accessibility will be held in Torino, Italy.

Humanitarian OSM

  • The Indonesian Tribunnews reports (automatic translation) about the efforts of OpenStreetMap Indonesia to map the area affected by earthquakes and the devastating tsunami around Petobo, South Palu based on DigitalGlobe imagery taken on October 2nd.
  • UBOS, Uganda’s national bureau for statistics, is taking an active role in mapping in OSM. Eleven core members have learned how to use JOSM, QGIS and mobile tools for surveying. There are many challenges to overcome in the country and OSM can help with that.
  • Matthew Gibb asked experienced OSM mappers for help with the validation of roads in the Florida Panhandle ahead of Hurricane Michael. A task was created for this on the OSM US tasking manager.
  • In September, faculty and students of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick organised a workshop on “Making sense of humanitarian geospatial data to improve the impact of humanitarian interventions on health and wellbeing“. The workshop was co-convened by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF UK), the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT), the Bangladesh Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Operations Team (BHOOT) and the Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology/GIScience Research Group at Heidelberg University. The event enabled participants to discuss current approaches and challenges and, most importantly, how to collaboratively address them.
  • It is October, so HOT commemorates open source by involvement in Hacktoberfest. It is an annual event hosted by Digital Ocean, GitHub and Twilio to promote contributing to open source projects. HOT reminds readers of over 15 of their own active open source projects.

Maps

  • Cartisan, a small Armenian-based cartography company, is creating a topographic hiking map of Dilijan National Park in Armenia. This will be the first modern topographic map set in Armenia. The map relies heavily on OSM data and the makers have greatly improved the OSM database in the area. The map (sample) is created exclusively with FOSS. They have launched a crowdfunding campaign, together with the local trail-building NGO, Transcaucasian Trail, to get the map produced.
  • Raymond Inzitari wrote a post about how he started a business making wooden maps as artwork. It took him over six months of development to build a model that uses OSM data, convert it to a geodatabase and output an AI file that is required for the laser cutter.

Open Data

  • François Lacombe asks whether OSM should participate in events such as the upcoming LinuxFoundation Energy Summit 2018. He argues that it is becoming increasingly common for energy infrastructure operators to replace proprietary data with OSM data.

Software

  • The next release of VROOM, free software to solve vehicle routing problems, will handle time windows constraints. The feature is already available for beta testing through the project’s demo server.
  • Sick of expensive map updates for your car’s built-in SatNav? A Raspberry Pi, an LCD screen and a few other components are all that is needed to create a DIY car navigation system that can provide free navigation based on OSM data overlaid on OpenMapTiles. The system can even include a rear view camera.
  • Generation Streets, a game available on Steam, is using OSM to render an impressive 3D environment.
  • Richard Fairhurst published a proof of concept for an OSM editor with a GUI that focuses primarily on street level imagery based mapping.

Programming

  • Due to Oracle’s slimming down and reduction of available functionality in their latest Java release, the OSGeo Foundation is organising a code sprint for their Java-based projects (e.g. Geoserver) at several locations from October 22nd to 26th, for which they are looking for sponsors.
  • The question whether the time has come to redevelop JOSM due to unpopular licensing changes in Oracle’s Java was asked on the mailing list. Responders point out that JOSM is compatible with the open-source Java implementation OpenJDK, and therefore does not require Oracle’s version of Java in the first place.
  • The avoid_polygons feature of the OpenRouteService API allows one to find alternative routes during flood events. To integrate real time information, a team of researchers at HeiGIT proposes a workflow to delineate flooded areas using Twitter data.
  • If you feel limited by how you can integrate a map into your website with Google Maps, Mapbox or Leaflet, you might want to have a look at the Vue.js framework and the d3.js library. Mikhail Panichev wrote a guide on how to create an interactive map with both of these JavaScript tools.

Did you know …

  • … JOSM’s angle snap feature? This feature helps you to add a line parallel, perpendicular or at defined angles to a base segment.
  • … the public transport map?

OSM in the media

  • Centésimo Mono published an interview with Carlos Brys. Carlos Brys reports about the first mapathon in the province Misiones and refers especially to the principle of data acquisition on site. (es) (automatic translation)

Other “geo” things

  • The Scottish Parliament passed a law banning public bodies in Scotland from making maps which display the Shetland Islands “in a box” (usually located offshore from Aberdeen or next to the Orkneys). Twitter has extensive commentary, and Kenneth Field, an ESRI cartographer, provides a detailed breakdown of why insets (“boxes”) are the sensible cartographic choice.
  • [1] The University of Heidelberg hosted a mapping session to show the power of crowdsourcing for map validation by collaboratively validating the land use and land cover map of Geneva with ESA’s Sentinel 2 and OpenStreetMap data. A preliminary version of the OSM Landuse Map can be found here.
  • Chris Wayne wrote an article about creating maps for visually impaired people. In his article he covers the two most common approaches to accomplish this, which are are tactile maps (maps you can feel) and auditory maps (maps that talk in the literal sense).
  • Another article that addresses the needs of blind people was written by Nicola Byrne. In her article she explains how to use 3D audio to guide blind people around cities, her experience with the system and how it works.
  • Friends of the Earth have published a 100 second video, with each second representing one percent of the landuses in the UK. The video asks whether nature has the space that it deserves.
  • The private blog addshore.com published an article about the increase in the number of Wikidata items over the past 6 months. The article gives a breakdown of the increase by region and mentions that the increase in Africa may be due to Wikimania 2018. Over the period about one million geolocalised items were added to Wikidata.

Upcoming Events

Where What When Country
Samara Mēda Mapping party in Oktyabrsk 2018-10-01-2018-10-14 russia
Berlin 124. Berlin-Brandenburg Stammtisch 2018-10-12 germany
Nantes Participation au « Village des sciences » lors de la Fête de la Science à l’Hôtel de région 2018-10-12-2018-10-14 france
Frankfurt am Main Intergeo 2018 2018-10-15-2018-10-18 germany
Cologne Bonn Airport Bonner Stammtisch 2018-10-16 germany
Lüneburg Lüneburger Mappertreffen 2018-10-16 germany
Karlsruhe Stammtisch 2018-10-17 germany
Vienna Stammtisch 2018-10-17 österreich
Mumble Creek OpenStreetMap Foundation public board meeting 2018-10-18 everywhere
Moscow Shemotehnica No. 18 in the office of “Urbica” 2018-10-19 russia
Hamburg ITS-Hackathon “Mobility meets Logistics” 2018-10-19-2018-10-20 germany
Karlsruhe Karlsruher Hackweekend 2018-10-20-2018-10-21 germany
Bremen Bremer Mappertreffen 2018-10-22 germany
Nottingham Pub Meetup 2018-10-23 united kingdom
Arlon Espace public numérique d’Arlon – Formation Consulter OpenStreetMap 2018-10-23 belgium
Cologne Köln Stammtisch 2018-10-24 germany
Lübeck Lübecker Mappertreffen 2018-10-25 germany
Bengaluru State of the Map Asia 2018 2018-11-17-2018-11-18 india
Melbourne FOSS4G SotM Oceania 2018 2018-11-20-2018-11-23 australia

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25/09/2018-01/10/2018

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Easy to use editor for parking lanes by acsd [1] | © acsd, Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Mapping

  • OpenStreetMap Guinea tweeted about the start of their mapping campaign to assist the fight against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
  • Jean-Marc Liotier noticed that schools in Senegal were converted from areas to nodes by multiple contributors, thereby losing information. He discovered, after some investigation, that this was done because of upcoming elections. The organisation wa mbedni, behind the project “Senegal Vote”, was the culprit. The reason is baffling though: they can’t process surfaces in their software. Someone should explain to them that Overpass API can take care of this in a trivial way. (fr) (automatic translation)
  • On Mastodon, Erwin Olario points to a discussion on the OSM Asia telegram channel about a Corporate Editing Heatmap (source code). The tool was created by Jennings Anderson. It shows the areas where commercial, organised mappers are active. The results can be filtered by year and company.

Community

  • Simon Poole is surprised that there are more mappers active in OSM in the United States on weekdays than on weekends. Are there more commercial than independent mappers? See the charts at osmstats.neis-one.org for reference.
  • François Lacombe reports (fr) (automatic translation) about the OSM-France monthly project last July to import and survey the power grid (automatic translation) in France and what preparations were involved. The quality control tool Osmose played an important role in the process.
  • Tomasz_W described his experiment on changing the pastel shades of parks in OSM’s main map style Carto to darker colours.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • The Chilean company Altavoz now sponsors the first South American tile cache in the CDN (content delivery network) for tile.openstreetmap.org. (es) (automatic translation)

Humanitarian OSM

  • Hawa Adinani from Tanzania reports about the completed student training in Dar es Salaam, where 228 sub-wards were mapped to support disaster risk management projects and interventions to clean rivers and drains.
  • Nate Smith announces a new tool named MapCampaigner, developed by HOT. MapCampaigner’s developers describe it as a “data quality observation tool” intended to follow up on the work done by contributors performing local field surveys tracking specific tags. For example, a report on Botswana flags buildings with missing building:roof or building:levels tags.Critics on the mailing lists respond that this does not address more important data quality issues including those with building geometries, unlike other tools such as Osmose, OSMI, and KeepRight.
  • Reliefweb reported that the government of Niger partnered with the World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) to gather data on flood risks in Niamey, Niger’s capital. Data collected included high-resolution images gathered by drones and 15,000 data points, on households and infrastructure, collected with an open source mobile application by Niger’s OpenStreetMap community. The data was used to model the flood risk of the most vulnerable communities in Niamey.
  • With extensive mapping activity (1,2) taking place in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami which devastated Palu and other parts of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, readers may be interested in an article in National Geographic about the science behind this event. The recent gathered OSM data has been used by UN damage assessments.

Maps

  • [1] User acsd has created an online Parking lanes viewer, which includes an easy-to-use editor.
  • ITO Map is currently having problems with maps that use OpenStreetMap as the base layer – some maps are completely out of service.
  • An interesting representation of the oceans is shown by Le Cartographe (fr) (automatic translation) in their blog.

switch2OSM

  • Belgian Railways created a map that shows the positions of their trains in real time on a properly attributed OpenStreetMap background.
  • SomeoneElse wrote a guide on how to switch2osm for Docker on CentOS in his user diary.

Software

  • Vincent Privat, one of the main JOSM developers, deplores how Oracle’s Java v11 keeps removing features that are crucial for JOSM.
  • Matplotlib, the data visualisation library for Python, announced the release of the version 3.0 with many new features.
  • Bryce Cogswell (OSM User bryceco), maintainer of the OpenStreetMap editor for Apple platforms GoMap!, announced that the code is now open source on Github.
  • Daniel writes a diary post announcing the release of RoboSat v1.1.0. Here’s what has changed since the last release: this release is powered by major community contributions ranging from features such as fine-tuning trained models to training and prediction speed-ups, and bug fixes! He also especially thanks to the contributors.
  • The quality assurance tool osmose has recently implemented checks for unconnected highways and crossing ways for highways and waterways.

Programming

  • Heidelberg University received funding for the development (de) (automatic translation) of an app called “meinGrün” (myGreen), that is intended to improve the public perception and information about public green spaces in urban areas.

Did you know …

  • Bexhill-OSM? It is a passion project that aims to help people discover information in and around the seaside town of Bexhill-on-Sea. Amongst other features, the map offers pedestrian routing and click-to-query-features.
  • ReMAPTCHA? As with every anti-spam mechanism it prevents automated programs (bots) from registering. In addition, the ReMAPTCHA challenge will help to correct unconnected ways in OSM’s data.

OSM in the media

  • The Swiss TV channel SRF broadcast a short documentary in German about the work done by the Missing Maps project to map remote villages in Africa on OSM and enrich the remotely mapped data by doing local surveys.
  • Steve Bernard, the design editor at the Financial Times, hosted an AMA on Reddit about cartography and data visualisation.
  • The Haitian OpenStreetMap community of Saint-Marc has asked (fr) (automatic translation) that city hall administration help them count buildings in their municipality. They have to map on a shoestring budget and are in need of funding.

Other “geo” things

  • Sasha tweeted that even Google’s website developers.google.com produced an error message when they exceeded the quota for their own maps API.
  • Bike sharing providers in larger cities are starting to move from Bicycle Dock parking to Dockless bicycle rental (88 cities in the USA with this kind of bike sharing). Bicycles integrate a GPS and a geolocation transmitter to a central station with the side effect of generating data on how they are used, which in turn results in cities being able to improve their bicycle infrastructure.
  • The Belgian Ministry of Defence wants to sue (de) (automatic translation) Google for refusing to blur sensitive areas on its aerial images.
  • In a tweet Anonymaps points to HERE’s xyz.here.com/studio/, which offers the upload, management and visualisation of geospatial data. The tweet can be read as a speculation that HERE will enter into competition with Mapbox studio.
  • Is your Map and Navigation app keeping track of your whereabouts and using it for commercial purposes? (automatic translation)
  • The local newspaper Böblinger Bote reports about the project Elevate of Berlin’s Sozialhelden user group, who also run wheelmap.org. The aim of the project is to provide wheelchair users with information such as the operating status of elevators, which is obviously crucial for them to know ahead of time. Real-time information from the Deutsche Bahn, the Stuttgart S-Bahn as well as the transport associations Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe, Region Rhein-Ruhr, and Hamburg will be integrated into Wheelmap. (de) (automatic translation)

Upcoming Events

Where What When Country
Offenbach OpenStreetMap @ BendMakeChange-Festival 2018-10-07 germany
Rennes Réunion mensuelle 2018-10-08 france
Lyon Rencontre mensuelle pour tous 2018-10-09 france
Munich Münchner Stammtisch 2018-10-09 germany
San José Civic Hack Night & Map Night[1] 2018-10-11 united states
Berlin 124. Berlin-Brandenburg Stammtisch 2018-10-12 germany
Nantes Participation au « Village des sciences » lors de la Fête de la Science à l’Hôtel de région 2018-10-12-2018-10-14 france
Frankfurt am Main Intergeo 2018 2018-10-15-2018-10-18 germany
Cologne Bonn Airport Bonner Stammtisch 2018-10-16 germany
Lüneburg Lüneburger Mappertreffen 2018-10-16 germany
Lübeck Lübecker Mappertreffen 2018-10-25 germany
Karlsruhe Stammtisch 2018-10-17 germany
Karlsruhe Karlsruher Hackweekend 2018-10-20-2018-10-21 germany
Nottingham Pub Meetup 2018-10-23 united kingdom
Arlon Espace public numérique d’Arlon – Formation Consulter OpenStreetMap 2018-10-23 belgium
Bremen Bremer Mappertreffen 2018-10-22 germany
Cologne Köln Stammtisch 2018-10-24 germany
Detroit State of the Map US 2018 2018-10-05-2018-10-07 united states
Bengaluru State of the Map Asia 2018 2018-11-17-2018-11-18 india
Melbourne FOSS4G SotM Oceania 2018 2018-11-20-2018-11-23 australia

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, Rogehm, SK53, Spanholz, SunCobalt, TheSwavu, YoViajo, derFred, geologist.