weeklyOSM 413

12/06/2018-18/06/2018

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    FIFA World Cup 2018 Stadiums in Russia 1 | © Harry Wood © map data OpenStreetMap contributors

Mapping

  • On the tagging mailing list there was a discussion on whether amenity=shelter implies a building=yes tag. Judging from the answers, the topic is more complex than expected.
  • The OSM US Camera lending program is so popular that the goal needed to keep the camera had to be increased to 1 million OSC contributions, in order to ensure sustainability of the program. This will only affect new applicants.
  • [1] After Harry Wood featured the FIFA World Cup stadiums on wiki.osm.org as "photo of the week", ШТОСМ studied the maps and imagery for each of them and explains the reasons behind sub-par representation of these stadiums on OSM. Turns out there was no project to map any of these and there is still no recent imagery for the cities. The author points out that OSM still "won" by being used in MAPS.ME, which is the official partner of Rostourism.
  • Mapbox discontinues its support of their navigation data map.
  • Norgeibilder is the best available imagery for Norway, and the OSM community obtained permission to use it for mapping. With the latest release of iD the new orthophoto layer is now the default in iD, via the Editor Layer Index. Laser imagery (both DSM and DTM) is also available for the whole country, also through the ELI.
  • Mapbox has released 184,000 possible turn restrictions for more than 35,000 intersections in 23 cities in the USA. The restrictions can be viewed on a map (takes time to load). The restrictions should be double checked before entering them into OSM.

Community

  • OSM Belgium has named Matšeliso Thobei (OSM tshedy) from Maseru in Lesotho as Mapper of the month. Matšeliso is currently studying spatial planning in Ireland and has mapped extensively during her 3 years at OSM. In the interview she tells how she came to OSM, explains her motivation and her background.
  • The first of the Top Ten Tasks, a reporting function and complaint management system for openstreetmap.org, has been in use since June 16. Users, map notes (both by mail to the DWG) and spam diary entries (message in IRC channel #osm-dev) can now be reported in the browser with a few mouse clicks.
  • nyampire published a blog post about Shinsyu University of International’s switch to OSM. SUI is a fake university and famous for pranks in Japan. As SUI wrote in the html source "In order to avoid harm to OSM" they added their "university" only to a local instance of OSM data.

Events

  • The SotM Latin America 2018 will take place on September 24th in Buenos Aires. Proposals can be submitted until August 25.
  • Mappy published (fr) its report of SotM-FR 2018. The conference covered many topics, including pedestrian, cyclist and automotive navigation, public transport, humanitarian mapping, tools for mapping and a lot of new ideas.

Education

  • Víctor Olaya presented his book "Introduction to GIS", available under CC-BY license. You can find it on GitHub.

Maps

  • Richard Fairhurst shows on Twitter the differences due to the new clustering of bicycle parking spaces on cycle.travel.
  • Last week’s defibrillator map is – as some readers have noted – not updated. Therefore we would like to draw your attention to two alternatives today: emergency-map by wambacher and defibrillators in Austria.
  • Christoph Hormann continues his series of suggested improvements to the rendering of water related objects. After his blogpost about waterbodies and fords "Water under the bridge" he follows up with a new post "The way of the water" with suggestions on how to improve the rendering of water barriers i.e. dams, lock gates and weirs as well as water sources, namely fountains and springs. Here is an example implementation that he published on GitHub.

Licences

  • The EU Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee has endorsed (de) the new EU Copyright Directive, which introduces an ancillary copyright for headlines and text excerpts as well as upload filters. The plenary will vote on it in the first week of July. Wikimedia Germany presents (de) their view. On change.org you can sign a petition against the upload filters and ancillary copyright.

Software

  • The BBBike extract service now offers OpenStreetMap data extracts in GeoJSON format. The step follows the shutdown of all of Mapzen’s services, including the Metro extracts, where the GeoJSON download was an often used feature. GeoJSON is an open alternative to the proprietary ESRI-Shapefiles.
  • Mapbox announced the release of RobotSat. While the OSM blog post highlights the feature extraction from aerial and satellite images with "polygon recommendation" at the end, the announcement at mapbox.com also mentions tracking of deforestation, fires and landuse as well as measuring the impact of natural disasters and humanitarian crisis.

    With the Robosat recognising multiple features based on the aerial and satellite images, this is a step towards using AI or machine learning for mapping, Christoph Hormann (imagico) points to his own blogpost and we also previously reported about the research paper that talks about issues related to the same.

Programming

  • The company Sentiance announced Loc2Vec, an AI product to predict human behaviour. The neural network consumes location data like tiles generated by customized OSM-Carto stylesheets and outputs semantic similarity between different locations. Very simple put, the system gets some intuition and can say which venue a person is more likely to visit based on a given inaccurate location.
  • In the OSM forum a user asks for data sources for city models. He is working on the project OpenGlobus.org that aims to become a JavaScript library that can display interactive 3D maps with map tiles, imagery, vector data, markers and 3D objects.
  • Biswesh Mohapatra wrote a blog post on his background, how he came to the Google Summer of Code 2018 and his experience about working on the JOSM PT_Assistant plugin.
  • Princi Vershwal wrote a blog post on her work on Vector Tiles for the iD Editor during the Google Summer of Code project. She prepared the implementation of data in .pbf (Protocolbuffer Binary Format) and .mvt (Mapbox Vector Tiles) format.

Releases

  • The current release state of the software around OSM can be found on wambacher’s software-wachtlist.
  • Version 0.9 of the OSM-C-Tools (Osmconvert, Osmupdate, Osmfilter) has been released.
  • Version 2.9.0 of the iD editor was released. Support for Bing Streetside 360-degree panoramic image layer was added among other features. A Microsoft employee explains on the GitHub pull request which usage of the imagery is permitted and which not.

OSM in the media

  • The Italian newspaper La Stampa publishes an article about the upcoming State of the Map in Milan.
  • Grab (the Uber of the East) has been sponsoring a number of mapathons in Myanmar, Indonesia, Philippines, and Singapore. Their latest effort in Malaysia, with 50 university students, has generated a number of articles in the press including this one on Behind the Wheel.

Other “geo” things

  • Nastya Parygina published an article about FOAM. It is intended to replace more traditional geospatial databases with blockchain technology. It claims to be decentralized, up-to-date due to economic incentives and technology agnostic and has trusted historical data due to blockchain technology with a higher accuracy compared to GPS. A white paper goes a little bit more into the details. With regards to OSM, the article wrote that FOAM will solve the issues of unverified edits and the vandalism in general.
  • An article on The Conversation discusses why we cannot always trust what we can see in satellite imagery.
  • Topi Tjukanov wrote an article about the database PostgreSQL with its PostGIS extension, targeting consumers of spatial data. However, the article is worth reading for anyone who wants an easy written explanation of what PostgreSQL and PostGIS are and why it is worth using them.
  • Xiaomi has launched the world’s first dual-frequency GNSS smartphone, bringing decimetre levels of accuracy to consumer grade equipment. The new GNSS chip BCM47755 used by Xiaomi is able to receive all currently available satellite positioning systems i.e. the European Galileo, the well known US based GPS, the Russian GLONASS, the Chinese Beidou and the Japanese system called QZSS.

Upcoming Events

    Where What When Country
    Mumble Creek OpenStreetMap Foundation public board meeting 2018-06-21
    Leoben Stammtisch Obersteiermark 2018-06-21 austria
    Essen Mappertreffen 2018-06-22 germany
    Kyoto 幕末京都マッピングパーティ#05:会津藩と京都守護職 2018-06-23 japan
    Essen 4. OSM-Sommercamp und 10. FOSSGIS-Hackingevent im Linuxhotel 2018-06-22-2018-06-24 germany
    Amagasaki あまらぶBosai literacy+:地域防災マップ作成講座 2018-06-24 japan
    Rome Incontro mensile 2018-06-25 italy
    Bremen Bremer Mappertreffen 2018-06-25 germany
    Lübeck Lübecker Mappertreffen 2018-06-28 germany
    Dusseldorf Stammtisch 2018-06-29 germany
    Stuttgart Stuttgarter Stammtisch 2018-07-04 germany
    Bochum Mappertreffen 2018-07-05 germany
    Urspring Stammtisch Ulmer Alb 2018-07-05 germany
    Ise 世古をマッピング!:伊勢マッピングパーティ 2018-07-07 japan
    Munich Münchner Stammtisch 2018-07-10 germany
    Cologne Köln Stammtisch 2018-07-11 germany
    Berlin 121. Berlin-Brandenburg Stammtisch 2018-07-12 germany
    Milan State of the Map 2018 (international conference) 2018-07-28-2018-07-30 italy
    Dar es Salaam FOSS4G & HOT Summit 2018 2018-08-29-2018-08-31 tanzania
    Buenos Aires State of the Map Latam 2018 2018-09-24-2018-09-25 argentina
    Detroit State of the Map US 2018 2018-10-05-2018-10-07 united states
    Bengaluru State of the Map Asia 2018 (effective date to confirm) 2018-11-17-2018-11-18 india
    Melbourne FOSS4G SotM Oceania 2018 2018-11-20-2018-11-23 australia

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This weeklyOSM was produced by Anne Ghisla, Nakaner, Polyglot, SK53, Spec80, SunCobalt, YoViajo, derFred, jinalfoflia, keithonearth.

weeklyOSM 412

05/06/2018-11/06/2018

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OSM-RDC / Potentiel 3.0 are planning OpenCities project in Kinshasa to map areas at risk of floods and cholera 1 | © OSM RD Congo

Mapping

  • Bryan Housel, developer of iD, explained on the tagging mailing list why he will not support the transit:lanes tag on ways. It may be possible to support the mapping variant based on relations instead.
  • A post about the tagging of grass provoked a huge discussion on the tagging mailing list. The title of the post, ‘The endless debate about “landcover” as a top-level tag’ seems quite apt.
  • On the Talk-GB mailing list the project MapThePaths was announced. MapThePaths is intended to improve the completeness of legal rights of way and permissive paths in England and Wales in OSM by visualizing missing entries. At the moment it is a pure viewer, but the creator plans to add an edit function.
  • The aftermath of an anonymous edit to alter the names of subway stations that also connect to surface lines in Berlin provoked some discussion on the German forum (automatic translation) about how stations should be named. This led to a discussion about tagging in complex junction stations.

Community

Imports

  • The mapper johnparis announces a bulk edit on the import mailing list from bus stops in Paris. He would like to supplement certain characteristics (Zone, Stop-ID and Ref) of Île-de-France Mobilités, formerly STIF (Syndicat des Transports d’Île-de-France).

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • The OSMF board accepted a circular resolution to publish the preliminary version of the new OSMF Privacy Policy which has been worked out by the License Working Group.
  • The minutes of the State of the Map Working Group meeting of May 27th is online.

Events

  • Members of the HOT community can get a 60% discount USD 650 ticket price for HOT Summit 2018 which joins FOSS4G 2018 happening in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from August 27th to September 2nd.
  • The international State of the Map 2018 conference takes place in Milan, Italy from July 28th to the 30th. The community ticket costs EUR 120.

Humanitarian OSM

  • Pierre Béland published stats of the OSM-RDC response to the Ebola outbreak with more than 800 remote contributors and 1.4 million objects edited since May 8th. NGOs and local organizations have also added POIs to the map and organized a mapathon for the local actors to revise and complete the map.
  • On the HOT mailing list, Remígio Chilaule has presented a short video that shows the mapping activities in Mafala, Mozambique.
  • HOT US Inc. advertises a job for a paid part-time PR manager.
  • OpenStreetMap-RDC starts the #OpenCitiesKinshasa new mapping project and requests help from the global OSM Community to map dense neighbourhoods of Kinshasa prone to floods and cholera outbreak. This will support the local OSM contributors which are trained actually for field data collection and Drone missions. These actions are part of a partnership with the World Bank GFDRR, OSFAC and Potentiel3.0 to map vulnerable neighbourhoods of Kinshasa in the context of the “Open Cities Africa” project.
  • John Whelan reports on the HOT list about duplicate tasks created in the HOT Tasking Manager and creation of duplicate buildings. For some, mapathon organizers should assure training and validation of their participants and inform the coordinators of the humanitarian response of their actions. This OSM response to the Ebola outbreak is coordinated by OSM-RDC with the DRC Government, the UN Agencies and NGOs in the north of DRC.

switch2OSM

  • CPSolver presented his web page www.newsherenow.com on Reddit. It offers news particular to a neighbourhood.
  • Google Maps currently disallows access without an API key, as announced. This caused an inrush of requests on the OpenStreetMap Foundation Nominatim server.

Licences

  • 70 key figures of the Internet warn about the new EU Copyright Directive in an open letter (PDF), which will be voted by the EU Parliament’s Committee on Legal Affairs on June 20th. The policy forces Internet platforms to automatically check uploaded content for copyright infringements. Julia Reda, MP of the German Pirate Party, wrote in her blog that there is a narrow majority in favour of the directive and asks to call MPs on the phone.
  • More than 100 Members of the European Parliament fear that the Europe wide introduction of an ancillary copyright law based on the existing German model could lead to a “link tax” and reject it in a public statement. Spiegel Online, as one of the largest German news website, already has experience with the law. In a comment, it wrote “Rarely was a law so dysfunctional…”

Software

  • Simon Poole reports on the Talk mailing list that the upcoming version 11 of the Android editor Vespucci will allow the integration of GeoJSON as a layer. The beta of the version can be installed via Google Play and from GitHub.
  • Wikimedia announced its new geocoding extension for CiviCRM, that uses OSM as default geodata provider.
  • Cosmogony is a new open source tool designed for easy extraction of boundary data. A dashboard provides a plausibility check of the boundary data in OSM and a hierarchical exploration is possible directly from the map. The data download feature has not been implemented yet. Similar services are mentioned on GitHub.

Programming

  • OSM Buildings published their privacy policy and a few updates on how to use their services.

Did you know …

OSM in the media

  • Glyn Moody wrote on linuxjournal.com that OpenStreetMap should be “a priority for the open source community”. He addresses Serge Wroclawski’s articles from 2014 and 2018 and concludes that OSM “has the potential to provide ambitious coders with the scope to make their mark in a new field of interest to billions of users.” In his opinion, it is necessary to create more software tools (e.g. Waze) to counter the overpowering market companion. He suggests a collaboration with financially strong open source organisations, such as Mozilla Foundation and Canonical.

Other “geo” things

  • MachinePix tweeted a video by Dom Ricciobene, featuring a CNC machine sculpting a mountain landscape on a layered wood block.
  • For the friends of Riesling, there is now a historical map available. It belongs to a whole series of historical maps, which is operated by the “Database of Cultural Heritage in the Trier Region”. As the person in charge confirmed on Twitter, the wine map can be used as WMS for OSM.
  • Grough magazine reports that Nigel Clifford has not renewed his contract as CEO of the British Ordnance Survey. This increases speculation regarding the lack of an announcement from the Geospatial Commission in May.
  • Since the 1930s, some 35 local volunteers have measured the spread and retreat of Icelandic glaciers at 64 measuring points using measuring tapes. The Atlantic reports on the project and why satellite based remote sensing techniques like the NASA satellite Terra cannot completely replace it.
  • Heise reported (de) on two new JavaScript frameworks: MusicKit and MapKit JS from Apple. With MapKit JS, you can integrate interactive maps with overlays and controls, including routing services, on your own website. An API key is required for use. 250,000 instances with 25,000 service calls per day are free. A sample implementation has been published by Apple on GitHub.
  • Annette M. Kim warns about the potential inaccuracy of automatic feature detection from satellite images: informal settlements at the fringes of large cities may not be classified as urban areas, and would then be overlooked by city management. Only a combination of remote processing and ground checks can make sure that data available to city planners reflect reality.
  • Christoph Hormann writes about news on open satellite images in his blog. Topics include the increased image recording volume of the Sentinel satellites, which is achieved by an optical data link, the new report on data access to the Copernicus programme, to which the Sentinel satellites belong, and current developments in the US Landsat programme, which has been running since 1972.
  • There’s one spot in the world right now, where the sun is exactly overhead, and it’s this one. Unfortunately, we are not aware of the website that shows the place where the sun is at its nadir.

Upcoming Events

Where What When Country
Munich Münchner Stammtisch 2018-06-14 germany
San José Civic Hack Night & Map Night 2018-06-14 united states
Lüneburg Lüneburger Mappertreffen 2018-06-19 germany
Cologne Bonn Airport Bonner Stammtisch 2018-06-19 germany
Sheffield Pub Meetup 2018-06-19 united kingdom
Viersen OSM Stammtisch Viersen 2018-06-19 germany
Karlsruhe Stammtisch 2018-06-20 germany
Leoben Stammtisch Obersteiermark 2018-06-21 austria
Essen Mappertreffen 2018-06-22 germany
Kyoto 幕末京都マッピングパーティ#05:会津藩と京都守護職 2018-06-23 japan
Essen 4. OSM-Sommercamp und 10. FOSSGIS-Hackingevent im Linuxhotel 2018-06-22-2018-06-24 germany
Rome Incontro mensile 2018-06-25 italy
Bremen Bremer Mappertreffen 2018-06-25 germany
Lübeck Lübecker Mappertreffen 2018-06-28 germany
Dusseldorf Stammtisch 2018-06-29 germany
Stuttgart Stuttgarter Stammtisch 2018-07-04 germany
Bochum Mappertreffen 2018-07-05 germany
Urspring Stammtisch Ulmer Alb 2018-07-05 germany
Milan State of the Map 2018 (international conference) 2018-07-28-2018-07-30 italy
Dar es Salaam FOSS4G & HOT Summit 2018 2018-08-29-2018-08-31 tanzania
Buenos Aires State of the Map Latam 2018 2018-09-24-2018-09-25 argentina
Detroit State of the Map US 2018 2018-10-05-2018-10-07 united states
Bengaluru State of the Map Asia 2018 (effective date to confirm) 2018-11-17-2018-11-18 india

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 Anne Ghisla, Nakaner, PierZen, Polyglot, SK53, Softgrow, Spanholz, Spec80, YoViajo, derFred, sev_osm.