weeklyOSM 434

06/11/2018-12/11/2018

Mapping

  • Gregory Marler made a Youtube tutorial showing how he is using his own 360 degree images from Mapillary for editing with JOSM.
  • It looks as if the mapping done by Grab (the Uber of South-East Asia) does cause major problems. Quote from Russ McD "…what we are seeing is another major organisation, allowing a bunch of amateurs loose on a training ground they call OSM. They are all being paid, while us volunteers, mop up the mess." But read it for yourself.
  • We recently reported that Telenav has open-sourced the machine learning based street sign detection and the resulting training data that recognises nearly 100 sign types. Telenav makes use of it with its OpenStreetCam platform, a service very similar to Mapillary. The OpenStreetCam JOSM plugin visualises detections in the latest version. Martijn van Exel describes a Power Validator Workflow, that enables you to validate entire trips with many detected signs very quickly on the OpenStreetCam website.
  • The question as to whether Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire should be labeled as independent country or as part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands was discussed in the forum. The thread gives some insight into different levels of independence of territories belonging still more or less to a kingdom

Community

  • For the past two weeks, the French community has been working (automatic translation) on the completeness of coverage of police stations and gendarmerie brigades (regional police) in France. This project was launched following the recent availability of good quality open data of gendarmerie reception points and their opening hours. The particularity of this update was that each gendarmerie is referenced by a unique key facilitating subsequent updates (address, phone, opening_hours). This project will also clarify the amenity=police without names and identify municipal police. It also involved working on the documentation in the wiki. Collaboration is ongoing with the National Gendarmerie Digital Mission.
  • [1] Arun Ganesh tweeted a teaser for the upcoming SOTM Asia on November 17 – 18, 2018 in Bangalore, India with a series of beautiful visualisations of 10 years OSM in India.
  • The download service from Geofabrik has a lot of users and Frederik Ramm, who operates it, is always trying to minimise traffic by offering data extracts as large as required but also as small as possible. One of the largest extracts for which no subdivision exists, is California. The question how California could be divided extract-wise revealed that Californian’s sensitivities play the most important role.
  • User Nop announced (de) (automatic translation) an update of his Editor Statistic in the OSM Wiki.
  • Five years after typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, user seav recounts the OSM related help in his user diary. Read how the typhoon has transformed OSM and its community in the Philippines.
  • The OpenStreetMap Foundation of Colombia has implemented OSM tools in Spanish (especially for Latin America and Colombia), such as the Tasking Manager and Umap and developed other tools that are hosted in a high availability data centre in Germany. A fundraising campaign asks for your help to sustain this infrastructure for at least two more years.
  • The World Bank features an article about OSM and the rise of the local mapping communities. The blog post highlights the participatory mapping in Asia and Africa, something that a regular reader of WeeklyOSM may already be aware of, given the increasing number of such projects we have mentioned, as well as the fact that developers from Silicon Valley, African city planners and even humanitarian workers all work together around our OSM project.
  • tyr_asd used his OSM user diary to express his appreciation to the OSM community in Graz, Geofabrik and the Disastermappers Heidelberg.

Imports

  • Jeff Underwood, from Facebook, posted comprehensive documentation titled So how does Facebook’s AI Assisted Road Import Process work? about their machine learning based data generation for OSM in the user diaries. Facebook is currently uploading data for Thailand and partners with HOT in Indonesia.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • Tobias Knerr (OSM Tordanik) announced (de) that he will stand as a candidate for the upcoming OSMF board election.

Events

Humanitarian OSM

  • MapAction, a humanitarian mapping organisation, published a report about the help that three volunteers and two staff members have provided in Malawi after the severe flood in January 2015.
  • On 28 November, a Missing Maps Mapathon will take place (automatic translation) in Grenoble from 18:00 to 21:00.

Education

  • The Volksfreund from Trier reports (automatic translation) about the start of an EU funded Erasmus+ project where teachers from five countries met in Saarburg, Germany, for an extensive OSM training. In particular, the article highlights a live link to Severin Menard, who reports on his experiences in Africa. The whole project will run for two years with the aim of inspiring many pupils in the participating European countries to take part in "humanitarian mapping".

Open Data

  • The UK Geospatial Commission will announce a GBP 1.5 million competition for crowdsourced data on 26th November. The amount is approximately the same as OSM’s total running costs for its entire 14 year existence.
  • The Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology (HeiGIT) has published the new openelevationservice on GitHub, a Flask application which extracts elevation from various datasets for Point or LineString 2D geometries and returns 3D geometries in various formats.
  • SmugMug, the new owners of Flickr, announced major changes to the Ts&Cs for free Flickr accounts. A maximum of 1000 photos will be retained for these accounts which may affect OSM contributors and bloggers who have used Flickr for photos and other images.

Software

  • OSMCha received important updates. Now OSMCha is compliant with the GDPR legislation and it has a new way to receive flagged OSM features. Wille published two blog posts about this new release.
  • Tessio Novack and colleagues at Heidelberg University published an open access paper about generating customized pleasant pedestrian routes based on OpenStreetMap data and Openrouteservice. They present and evaluate how factors such as greenness, sociability, and quietness are extracted from OSM and used to adapt routes.

Programming

  • A "GDAL Coordinate System Barn Raising" has raised $144,000 to enable improvements to coordinate system libraries needed for the GDAL, PROJ, libgeotiff, PostGIS, and Spatialite open source toolchain.
    The new libraries provide for higher accuracy transformations between coordinate systems that avoid transforming everything through WGS84 and eliminate the extra steps that this entails.
  • Andy Allan, a long time OSM contributor, blogged about Moderation, Authorisation and Background Task Improvements for OpenStreetMap. He gives a summary of the recent OSM codebase developments, including the help from the Ruby for Good team which contributed many improvements to OSM during their annual development event.
  • In his blog Christoph Hormann explains (automatic translation) how to deal with Mapnik’s broken support for SVG area patterns, i.e. the representation of areas such as forests and meadows. He developed a script that can easily change the format, PNG or SVG, to get the appropriate format, i.e. SVG for printing and PNG for online maps.
  • Neat: the new interactive Openrouteservice API documentation built on top of vue.js welcomes its new LeafletJS map component. Develop and test your requests made really easy:

    1. build your request graphically
    2. call the service
    3. visualize it on the map and finally…
    4. download it.
  • Christoph Hormann shares his German presentation with us on open map projects of the OSM community that he has used for his speech at the German Society of Cartography and Geomatics.

Releases

  • The German website mobilesicher.de reports (de) (automatic translation) that the OSM based navigation app Magic Earth has removed the ties to Google, Facebook and Twitter from the app and is not sharing user data any more.

Did you know …

  • Anonymaps points out a Mapbox tweet about Porsche, that is using OSM based navigation from Mapbox although it owns a small indirect stake in HERE. We would like to point out that the ownership percentage stated by Anonymaps is wrong.
  • … the curated list of OSM related software?
  • osmoscope by Jochen Topf to fix bugs in OSM? You tried and Osmoscope doesn’t give the data to JOSM? This is probably because your browser does not have a certificate for the JOSM address or you haven’t enabled remote control. Try to access https://127.0.0.1:8112/version in your browser, with JOSM running locally. A certificate error may occur, if so you can enter an exception for it and from there on you should be able to fix many errors in the OSM database. 😉

OSM in the media

Other “geo” things

  • A blog post from Heidelberg University’s GIScience group revisits Wheelmap and the usage of crowdsourced geographic information for improving accessibility.
  • Mapillary launches an open-source software development kit
  • In Germany there is the first cycle path (automatic translation) consisting of solar modules. The start-up company, Solmare, developed a 90m long test track with low voltage modules and installed this in Erftstadt/NRW. The company sees this development as a very successful future technology. The tagging of the cycle path was suggested with surface=solar_panel. There are further solar cycle paths e.g. in the Netherlands (automatic translation) (still without tagging…).

Upcoming Events

    Where What When Country
    Mumble Creek OpenStreetMap Foundation public board meeting 2018-11-15 everywhere
    Mannheim Mannheimer Mapathons 2018-11-15 germany
    Freiberg Stammtisch 2018-11-15 germany
    Pamplona Mapatón Pamplona – Médicos sin Fronteras 2018-11-16 spain
    Barcelona Mapes i Birres (Trobada trimestral usuaris d’OSM) 2018-11-16 spain
    Como ItWikiCon 2018 2018-11-16-2018-11-18 italy
    Como Mapping Party during ItWikiCon 2018 2018-11-17 italy
    Brno State of the Map CZ 2018 2018-11-17 czech republic
    Bengaluru State of the Map Asia 2018 2018-11-17-2018-11-18 india
    Vantaa OSM GeoWeek 24h HOT Mapathon 2018-11-17-2018-11-18 finland
    Wakayama オープンデータソン in 雑賀崎 2018-11-18 japan
    Cologne Bonn Airport Bonner Stammtisch 2018-11-20 germany
    Lüneburg Lüneburger Mappertreffen 2018-11-20 germany
    Derby Pub Meetup 2018-11-20 united kingdom
    Reading Reading Missing Maps Mapathon 2018-11-20 united kingdom
    Melbourne FOSS4G SotM Oceania 2018 2018-11-20-2018-11-23 australia
    Toulouse Rencontre mensuelle 2018-11-21 france
    Karlsruhe Stammtisch 2018-11-21 germany
    Lübeck Lübecker Mappertreffen 2018-11-22 germany
    Alajuela ES:State of the Map Costa Rica 2018-11-23-2018-11-25 costa rica
    Manila 【MapaTime!】 2018-11-24 philippines
    Dublin Monthly Mapping Party 2018-11-24 ireland
    Ivrea Incontro mensile 2018-11-24 italy
    Graz Stammtisch Graz 2018-11-26 austria
    Bremen Bremer Mappertreffen 2018-11-26 germany
    Arlon Espace public numérique d’Arlon – Formation Contribuer à OpenStreetMap 2018-11-27 belgium
    Reutti Stammtisch Ulmer Alb 2018-11-27 germany
    Düsseldorf Stammtisch 2018-11-28 germany
    San José Civic Hack Night & Map Night[1] 2018-11-28 united states
    Toronto Mappy Hour 2018-12-03 canada
    Praha – Brno – Ostrava Kvartální pivo 2018-12-05 czech republic
    Stuttgart Stuttgarter Stammtisch 2018-12-05 germany
    Toulouse Rencontre mensuelle 2018-12-05 france
    Bochum Mappertreffen 2018-12-06 germany
    Dresden Stammtisch Dresden 2018-12-06 germany
    online via IRC Foundation Annual General Meeting 2018-12-15 everywhere
    Heidelberg State of the Map 2019 (international conference) 2019-09-21-2019-09-23 germany

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weeklyOSM 433

30/10/2018-05/11/2018

Tourist map of Pristina, Kosovo Pristina, the capital of Kosovo, has created its new official tourist map with OpenStreetMap and MapOSMatic1. | © OpenStreetMap contributors and Municipality of Pristina

Mapping

  • According to a tweet, Pascal Neis has updated his Unmapped Places map. It points to settlements away from large traffic routes. However, tagging errors can also be found in well mapped countries.
  • Stefano Maffulli suggests emergency=fire_alarm_box on the tagging mailing list for a “device put on public land used for notifying a fire department of a fire”. The proposal is limited to public alarms on the street as compared with boxes inside buildings, which are mainly to be used by and for alerting people inside.
  • Toni Erdmann shares about the new quality analysis (QA) tool: PTNA (Public Transport Network Analysis) in the talk-de mailing list (automatic translation) and the forum (automatic translation). This tool will help solve problems related to updating tables related to various train, metro, tram and bus lines by automatically creating these tables and doing a performs target/actual analysis.
  • Almost 4 years ago the Bermuda Triangle was mapped with four nodes and one way. Since the OpenStreetMap Inspector has a “long segment” layer, someone added nearly 400 nodes to avoid it to be reported as a potential error. The following changeset discussion gives some more arguments for shortening the segments by adding nodes to the straight ways. The discussion was continued on Slack and apparently the arguments against the additional nodes were stronger as the nodes disappeared into the Bermuda Triangle were removed.
  • The Finding Missing Roads in the Philippines titled blog post from user Gowin explains his workflow and new validation approach for spotting potential missing roads for completing roads in the Philippines.
  • The address quality assurance tool OSMSuspects from user dooley is now available to all users once again. If you log in with your OSM account, you also get to see the metadata.
  • Leif Rasmussen suggests adding transport timetable data in OSM in a Tagging-Proposal. As was to be expected, most people don’t agree with adding timetables in their full and intricately complex detail. It’s an enormous amount of data, that changes frequently. It would most likely be constantly out of date and hence difficult to rely on. A simpler proposal involving the interval tag combined with conditional opening_hours could be worthy of consideration though.
  • Simon Poole disagrees with the current practice of splitting tags like languages=<code>;<code>;<code> into language:<code1>=yes + language:<code2>=yes. He considers that this makes it more difficult for data users and editor template authors.

Community

  • Opencagedata.com features an interview with Russ Garrett of OpenInfraMap.org. Russ, who met Steve Coast in a pub back in 2005, leads the project OpenInfraMap, which is an OSM-based visualisation of infrastructure, most prominently power networks but also telecommunications, petroleum, and water infrastructure.
  • Contributor johnarupire from osmpe.org (automatic translation) writes (Spanish version) about organising a course introducing OSM and its social and humanitarian uses in the prevention and management of emergencies. This course will be held in the Social Sciences Faculty, at San Marcos National University in Lima, Peru, and will focus on participation, community and geographical open data.
  • The Data Working Group member mavl reports in his user blog about the first 1000 messages that have been received from the new reporting function on openstreetmap.org. Nearly 60 percent of the reports were about users, followed by OSM notes. Regardless of the object of concern, the main reason for the reports was spam.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • Frederik Ramm, currently OSMF board member and OSMF treasurer, reports the rumour of two unnamed companies that are said to “encourage” their employees to join the OSMF, give them election recommendations and reimburse the membership fee.
  • Rory McCann explains on the OSMF mailing list how an employer can tell its employees who they should vote for and how this can be confirmed despite “anonymous” publication of votes.
  • We join Michael Reichert and other people’s calls to become a member of the OSMF. Only a broad member base can ensure that the OSMF board will always act in the interests of mappers. If you want to vote in this year’s election, you should join by November 15. In addition, almost all OSMF Working Groups are looking for help.
  • The OSMF has been working on modifying the OpenStreetMap API (Rails Port and CGIMap) to be compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation and requests tenders by 15 November.

Events

Humanitarian OSM

  • The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Erasmus+ Students announced in a tweet, that they had held a week-long course called teaching the teachers. The programme had broad scope with topics including mapping, Overpass, OSM Wiki, communication channels and others, plus Wikimedia-related education. This program has highlighted OSM’s possibilities for humanitarian response and economic development support and pioneering leaders (who are volunteers) on this front.
  • HOT needs help over the next few weeks with identifying the number of Venezuelan refugees presently on the island of Aruba.
  • The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team has completed mapping lifeline infrastructure, mainly building footprints, road networks, and waterways in Semarang, the fifth largest city in Indonesia.

Maps

  • The OSM based navigation app Magic Earth Navigation now supports Apple’s CarPlay after a recent update, according to this report (de) (automatic translation).
  • Nicolas Bétheuil explained his Overpass-based public transport map with vector tiles on the French mailing list. (fr)(automatic translation).
  • The JOSM-Template for the Xmas Map was revised by user Negreheb at short notice (automatic translation) and documented in the wiki (automatic translation).
    The editorial wishes a nice Christmas time.

switch2OSM

  • Pristina, the capital of Kosovo, has adopted OpenStreetMap as its official tourist map. User Stereo (Guillaume Rischard) has written a diary post about travelling to Kosovo, meeting the local OSM community, and convincing the Municipality of Pristina to use OpenStreetMap.

Open Data

  • OpenGeoHub announced the first release of LandGIS, a web mapping system similar to OSM, for land-related environmental data with spatial resolution between 250 m and 1 km. The datasets include relief, geology, land cover, land use, vegetation and land degradation indices, soil properties, soil classes and potential natural vegetation and are reviewed in an open process. The project partially overlaps (or in other words competes) with OSM.
  • Statistics Canada discusses the Open Database of Buildings, and is working with the community to make the import happen in different regions of Canada.

Software

  • Simon Poole writes about the discontinuation of Google Play for Android 2.3 and 3.x in his user diary and what this means for Vespucci, which still supports these Android versions. He also describes how to compile Vespucci for devices with very low built-in RAM.

Programming

Other “geo” things

  • Justin O’Beirne writes a post about the publication of the new Apple maps and describes how they are different from the old ones by highlighting interesting changes, such as the staggering amount of vegetation detail. Read more about it on his blog.

Upcoming Events

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Where What When Country
Kyoto 京都!街歩き!マッピングパーティ:第2回 美山かやぶきの里 2018-11-11 japan
Rennes Réunion mensuelle 2018-11-12 france
Zurich OSM Stammtisch Zurich 2018-11-12 switzerland
Lyon Rencontre mensuelle pour tous 2018-11-13 france
Salzburg Maptime Salzburg 2018-11-13 austria
León Dia del SIG 2018 – Universidad de León 2018-11-14 spain
Munich Münchner Stammtisch 2018-11-14 germany
Mumble Creek OpenStreetMap Foundation public board meeting 2018-11-15 everywhere
Mannheim Mannheimer Mapathons 2018-11-15 germany
Freiberg Stammtisch 2018-11-15 germany
Pamplona Mapatón Pamplona – Médicos sin Fronteras 2018-11-16 spain
Como ItWikiCon 2018 2018-11-16-2018-11-18 italy
Como Mapping Party during ItWikiCon 2018 2018-11-17 italy
Brno State of the Map CZ 2018 2018-11-17 czech republic
Bengaluru State of the Map Asia 2018 2018-11-17-2018-11-18 india
Vantaa OSM GeoWeek 24h HOT Mapathon 2018-11-17-2018-11-18 finland
Wakayama オープンデータソン in 雑賀崎 2018-11-18 japan
Cologne Bonn Airport Bonner Stammtisch 2018-11-20 germany
Lüneburg Lüneburger Mappertreffen 2018-11-20 germany
Derby Pub Meetup 2018-11-20 united kingdom
Reading Reading Missing Maps Mapathon 2018-11-20 united kingdom
Melbourne FOSS4G SotM Oceania 2018 2018-11-20-2018-11-23 australia
Toulouse Rencontre mensuelle 2018-11-21 france
Karlsruhe Stammtisch 2018-11-21 germany
Lübeck Lübecker Mappertreffen 2018-11-22 germany
Alajuela ES:State of the Map Costa Rica 2018-11-23-2018-11-25 costa rica
Manila 【MapaTime!】 2018-11-24 philippines
Dublin Monthly Mapping Party 2018-11-24 ireland
Graz Stammtisch Graz 2018-11-26 austria
Bremen Bremer Mappertreffen 2018-11-26 germany
Arlon Espace public numérique d’Arlon – Formation Contribuer à OpenStreetMap 2018-11-27 belgium
Reutti Stammtisch Ulmer Alb 2018-11-27 germany
Düsseldorf Stammtisch 2018-11-28 germany
online via IRC Foundation Annual General Meeting 2018-12-15 everywhere
Heidelberg State of the Map 2019 (international conference) 2019-09-21-2019-09-23 germany

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This weeklyOSM was produced by LuxuryCoop, Nakaner, PierZen, Polyglot, Rogehm, Guillaume Rischard, SunCobalt, TheSwavu, YoViajo, derFred, jcoupey, jinalfoflia, keithonearth.