weeklyOSM 438

04/12/2018-10/12/2018

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Pierre Béland appeals for experienced mappers to help improve data quality 1 | © OpenStreetMap contributors

Mapping

  • Jean-Louis Zimmerman tweets about the need to consider new approaches to editing OpenStreetMap data, both to help non-mappers and to handle increased data density.He is particularly inspired by Deriviste, a proof-of-concept created by Richard Fairhurst.
  • OSM-DRC continues its mapping in the DR Congo to help combat the Ebola outbreak in North Kivu. On twitter Pierre Béland appeals for experienced mappers to help improve data quality.
  • Toutelatitudes tweets about the three remarkable trees they’ve added to OpenStreetMap in the department of Loiret, France.
  • dktue would like to propose the tag emergency=control_centre for the place where emergency calls are responded. The tag is already used over 200 times, but only in Germany.
  • John Paris announced the fourth version of a proposal on how to map disputed boundaries. Delimitation of disputed boundaries is an important but difficult and sensitive issue for many reasons. After John received feedback for his proposal, he wrote that he will rework it and incorporate the suggestions.
  • Have you ever run into the problem of mapping a hiking trail & needing to check if any part was mapped before? Many communities use wiki pages to provide lists of trails and their relations. User Cascafico describes, in his diary, tools to automate collection of data from OSM and transformation to wiki format.

Community

  • The OpenStreetMap Niger community organized a training camp (fr) at Campus Numérique Francophone in Niamey for 15 participants. Over 3 days the subjects studied included OSM, QGIS, and open-data.
  • Jennings Anderson wrote, on his user blog, about a data analysis workshop he and Seth Fitzsimmons ran at SotM US 2018. Jupyter notebooks were used for speedy, interactive analysis and visualisation of the OSM data. In the article, he explains preparation of datasets using osm-wayback and osmesa, the creation of CSV-files and loading the data into Jupyter.
  • After Mapbox hired the Valhalla team from Mapzen, most if not all core OSRM developers seem to have quit their job. However, there is no official statement from Mapbox as to whether they plan to maintain both projects in the future.
  • Tim Couwelier blogged about Road categorisation – OpenStreetMap versus Flemish Planning Documents, where he explains the differences between OSM and public road categorisation. He points out the public categories based on the originally intended purpose of the roads vs OSM, with its ground-truth principle, based on the actual use.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • Nicolas Chavent describes in an email that he believes that HOT US Inc. wants to achieve gradual dominance on the board of OSMF. Severin Menard continues that two OSMF directors were previously on the board of HOT, another current OSMF director was HOT Executive Director, a candidate of the current election is employed by HOT and a candidate of the current OSMF board elections is a voting member of HOT US Inc.
  • The OSMF Board reviewed the decision of the Data Working Group to change the boundaries of Crimea on OSM and has rescinded the DWG resolution. Accordingly, Crimea is included within the borders of both Russia and Ukraine: thus returning to the mapping which has existed since 2014.As might be expected there is a certain amount of commentary on this decision: Ilya Zverik in his WhatOSM blog (automatic translation) places this controversy in an overall OSM context. Others feel that how the decision was reached and communicated did not meet stated goals of transparency. Richard Fairhurst relates this to his perception that over the years the OSMF Board has often failed to support Working Group volunteers..

Events

  • The FOSSGIS 2019 (de), the German conference around geospatial topics and OSM’s main local meetup, is just around the corner. There is already an agenda for social events (de) available.

Humanitarian OSM

  • HOT wrote how OSM data will help to determine the exposure of a region to disasters. A model will be developed based on the data collected and will improve the resilience of the cities in more than 46 countries.
  • The Democratic Republic of Congo suffers from an Ebola outbreak, rebel attacks, and population displacements. With recent imagery, OSM-DRC is active in North-Kivu and opened Tasking Manager jobs. In a mail on the HOT mailing list, Pierre Béland is recapping the work from a quality point of view and recommending steps to fix the issues and improve the quality of future mapping activities.

Maps

  • OpenStreetBrowser has been updated to version 4.2. The new version allows its users to export visible map features as JSON, GeoJSON, and XML. As the project reports on their homepage, users with own repositories on OpenStreetBrowser Dev can now load categories from git branches and the broken Twitter feed in the news bar was replaced to show news from a blog instead.
  • Qwant, an European search engine that respects your privacy, just released an alpha version of their new product Qwant Maps, a map fully based on OSM data and opensource ecosystem. For now, it mainly works in France, but the good news is that you can contribute to make it work in your home country too.

Open Data

  • The City of Zurich publishes a 3D-model of the outer shells and roof structures under a Creative Commons CC0 license.

Software

  • Martijn van Exel wrote an illustrated guide on how to get started contributing to OpenStreetCam, the free and open platform for street-level images built by Telenav.
  • Jiri Vlasak introduces the LiveJOSM project. LiveJOSM is a Debian based Linux live system with JOSM and some JOSM plugins preinstalled that can be used on events, such as mapathons.

Releases

  • The OSM editor iD received two updates recently. The mega update v2.12.0 includes a seemingly endless list of new features, improvements, and bugfixes, including the implementation of two-finger trackpad gestures for Mac users, drawing of ways with a direction like cliffs and coastlines and the possibility to resize the sidebar or hide it completely. The update to 2.12.1, one day later, includes some minor bug fixes.
  • An update for the HOT Tasking manager has been released after it received nearly 60 different commits. The improvements include new layouts for mapping tab and the task history, the support for the markdown format in the task description and contribute card and the implementation of a new function called Expert Mode that will cover more advanced mapping and validation features
  • Simon Poole released the first beta for version 12 of the Vespucci editor.
    • It features a new simple action mode, which adds a big green button to add new features, instead of the somewhat difficult to explain long click.
    • Support for Maproulette.
    • It adds an intent, which means any geo: urls can be opened directly using your an OSM app of your choosing.

Did you know …

  • … the JOSM BuildingsTools Plugin by user Upliner that contributes to OSM quality? You can draw regular rectangular or round buildings by simply pressing b and 2 or 3 mouse clicks! Precisely and quickly!
    The Ctrl-Alt-B shortcut key opens a configuration panel with options to modify the form, type and more.
  • OSM Streak? OSM Streak is a gamified contest that makes you do daily small tasks for OSM and earn points for completing them. The goal is to motivate mappers to edit persistently.
  • … the list of Quality Assurance tools that can be used to improve the data in OSM?
  • … how you can successfully complete the missing addresses in your district with MAPS.ME? Here is how.

OSM in the media

  • German is known for its extra-long compound words and apparently, this applies to road names too. According to a news article (de), an investigation based on OSM data found the longest road name in Germany: Bischöflich-Geistlicher-Rat-Josef-Zinnbauer-Straße. Most common in Germany are roads named after the writers Goethe and Schiller.

Other “geo” things

  • Daniel Huffman writes about old-fashioned map making: on a typewriter.
  • Jelle van Lottum has visualised voyages by the ships of several East India companies from Europe to India and the East Indies prior to 1800. The data are from CLIWOC, digitised records of ships logs.
  • CityLab provides an overview of a new book by Christof Spieler on rapid transit systems in 47 American metropolitan regions. Needless to say, it contains lots of transit maps.
  • Martijn announced an OpenStreetCam competition for Australia. Telenav’s map team is awarding Amazon gift cards for the top image contributors until year end. Telenav’s product OpenStreetCam is a street-level imagery solution like Mapillary that lets you upload your own images and image sequences. It helps to detect errors and gaps in the data and supports you with images while editing.
  • The version 3.4 of ArangoDB, an Apache license native multi-model database, has been released. The new version supports now GeoJSON and includes the new search engine ArangoSearch.
  • The web app Cultural Gems was presented by the European Commission during the closing conference of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018. The app intends to provide crowdsourced information on cultural and creative spaces in Europe and is pre-loaded with an initial set of points of interest from OpenStreetMap.
  • Katharina Przybill has published an article on “Conceptual compliance analysis with the OpenStreetMap History Database (OSHDB)”.
  • Matt Daniels has developed an OSM-based visualization of the world’s population in 3D
  • NASA provides a new look at Puerto Rico post-Hurricane Maria.
  • Google Maps in Australia have some unusual errors.

Upcoming Events

Where What When Country
Alice PoliMappers Adventures 2018: One mapping quest each day 2018-12-01-2018-12-31 everywhere
online via IRC Foundation Annual General Meeting 2018-12-15 everywhere
Cologne Bonn Airport Bonner Stammtisch 2018-12-18 germany
Lüneburg Lüneburger Mappertreffen 2018-12-18 germany
Nottingham Pub Meetup 2018-12-18 united kingdom
Reutti Stammtisch Ulmer Alb 2018-12-18 germany
Rennes Recensement des panneaux publicitaires 2018-12-23 france
Leipzig OpenStreetMap assembly 2018-12-27-2018-12-30 germany
Düsseldorf Stammtisch 2018-12-28 germany
Greater Vancouver area Metrotown mappy Hour 2018-12-28 canada
Biella Incontro mensile 2018-12-29 italy
Heidelberg State of the Map 2019 (international conference) 2019-09-21-2019-09-23 germany

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This weeklyOSM was produced by PierZen, Polyglot, Rogehm, SK53, SunCobalt, YoViajo, derFred, geologist, jinalfoflia.

weeklyOSM 437

 

27/11/2018-03/12/2018

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Reference point for mobile devices 1 | © Kanton Zürich, Baudirektion, Amt für Raumentwicklung

About us

Mapping

  • PoliMappers, the YouthMappers’ chapter at Politecnico di Milano (Italy), is organising the second edition of PoliMappers Adventures. During the month of December, you can complete a daily quest related to the world of OpenStreetMap. Quests range from mapping, humanitarian help, and many other subjects. Follow them on Twitter for more updates.
  • CartoRoute (“MapRoad”) is a collaboration between Michelin and the OSM Ivory Coast association aiming to map the main road network across the country: road status, surface, speed limits, traffic signs, dining areas, hotels, and gas stations in the area surrounding the roads, etc. The pilot phase of the project has started in the commune of Plateau (Abidjan) where 11 local OSM contributors collected data during two days using OsmAnd, as related in this Twitter moment.
  • The tag cycleway:surface has already been used over 500 times but it was only now properly documented in the OSM Wiki. The tag allows specifying the surface of just the cycleway, for example for a cycleway on a road, where the surfaces differ.
  • The new Organised Editing Guidelines have been approved by the board during the previous OSMF board meeting on November 15th. The guidelines, which were drafted by the Data Working Group, aim to improve the documentation, transparency and the practices of organised mapping initiatives.
  • The lack of maintenance of the electoral boundaries in Germany led to the proposal (de) (automatic translation) to delete the data. The proposal received a lot of support but also some opposition.
  • The voting for mapping ‘tramtrack on highway’ failed. However, the originator Jukka Nikulainen is preparing a new proposal based on the feedback he received during the proposal process.

Community

  • Can Ünen (OSM unen), university lecturer in Istanbul, Turkey, is the new Mapper of the Month. As usual, OSM Belgium published a background interview with the winner.
  • South Korean mapper GPIOIPG made a survey as to whether OSM public transport station names should have the suffix -역(i.e. station). Usually, the official names are without the suffix. Apparently, the suffix is widely used by people and even some signs show the suffix, but ‘station’ isn’t attached after station names in other countries. In a blog post at his user diary, GPIOIPG writes about the result of his survey, that he has advertised at the forum and the mailing list, and provides some more background information.
  • Nakaner has loaded all the e-mails from all public mailing lists on lists.openstreetmap.org into a database. Two entries (1, 2) in his user blog contain the number of messages per year and per mailing list and the list of the most active authors.
  • SunCobalt notes that shortly before the current and the past election the number of OSMF members increases strongly and visualises this by a graphic. Honi soit, qui mal y pense.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • The official manifestos and candidates responses for this year’s OSMF board election have now been published. Christoph Hormann has written a summary and Paul Norman has written an evaluation guide. There are discussions in the Forum as well as on osmf-talk mailing list.
  • The Membership Working Group (MWG) reports about its recent activity. The MWG is currently busy with the new membership fee waiver program and has to deal with countries that have no suitable money transfer options for paying the membership fee. As with weeklyOSM, and other OSMF working groups, the MWG is looking for volunteers.
  • Mikel Maron, OSMF board member, announced the launch of Welcome Mat. The website Welcome Mat was started to help external organisations to understand OSM’s difficult structure, to explain how OSM works, and how and where to engage.

Events

  • FOSS4G Italy announced (automatic translation) a call for papers or workshops proposals for the third Italian FOSS4G 2019, which will be held in Padua from 20th to 24th February. Proposals are due by the 13th December.

Humanitarian OSM

  • OpenGovHub hosted a mapathon on December, 4th with the HOT Staff at the OpenGov Hub in Washington, DC.
  • HOT provides an update on their Microgrants 2018 program that was launched in April 2018. Eight communities received microgrants in order to improve OSM and help to minimise the impact of disasters.

Maps

  • OpenStreetBrowser now has a new category under “Leisure, Sport and Shopping”. According to skunk’s blog post, the new category “Swimming and Bathing” includes all kind of swimming and bathing facilities and saunas.

switch2OSM

Programming

  • Heidelberg University’s GIScience Research Group introduced API Playground, which allows you to explore OpenRouteService API services, parameters, and responses.
  • Matthias made a prototype of an external voice controller for JOSM. The tool speech2JOSM is available on GitHub.

Releases

  • A new stable version of JOSM has been released. Version 18.11 saves the height of each panel on the right when JOSM is closed, it comes with a dedicated button for Download as new layer, instead of a tick box and improves a lot of other features. The most notable change is probably the fix of the glitched GPS traces caused by the OSM website API change.

Did you know …

  • The MapOSMatic instance at osm-baustelle.de recently exceeded 40,000 rendered maps. The website further enhanced its functionality with user interface improvements and hyperlink support in multipage PDF outputs.
  • Stefan Keller, Computer Science Professor at the University of Applied Sciences of Rapperswil, has created a Fog Map. The map shows how to find your way to the sun on grey, foggy November days. The website Bluewin.ch provides (de) (automatic translation) some background information and tests if the map works. Unfortunately, the map only covers Switzerland.
  • …. the service kinderkiez.net? The service, that is available in English and German, lets you create a children’s play mat with a map based on OSM.
  • … the long list of links to places where you can find a suitable tag if you can’t find one in your editor’s presets?

Other “geo” things

  • In Switzerland, an old international boundary post has been relocated to the grounds of the Swiss National Museum in Zurich. It now provides the first reference point for mobile devices (automatic translation) via QR codes or a website (OSM-Link).
  • The iXpoint company won (de)(automatic translation) the Baden-Württemberg Challenge of the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) 2018 with its OSM based pedestrian routing.
  • Gaël Musquet, founder and former spokesman for OpenStreetMap France (French local chapter of the OSM Foundation), has been awarded (automatic translation) the French National Order of Merit, along with one of the VLC developers. He sees it as a recognition for the whole community and the leading French figures in open-source.
  • Medium.com explains how to get ADS-B position data from airplanes onto an OSM based map using Python and the Cartopy library.

Upcoming Events

Where What When Country
Alice PoliMappers Adventures 2018: One mapping quest each day 2018-12-01-2018-12-31 everywhere
Niamey OSM and GIS training camp at CNF 2018-12-03-2018-12-07 niger
Tångstad Foundation board elections voting opens 2018-12-08
Ouagadougou Mapathon Independance Day at La Ruche 2018-12-10 burkina faso
Rennes Réunion mensuelle 2018-12-10 france
Lyon Rencontre mensuelle pour tous 2018-12-11 france
Zurich Jubilee Stammtisch Zurich with Fondue 2018-12-11 switzerland
Salzburg Maptime Salzburg 2018-12-12 austria
Mannheim Mannheimer Mapathons – now in Ludwigshafen! 2018-12-12 germany
Helsinki Missing Maps Mapathon at Finnish Red Cross HQ – Dec 2018 2018-12-13 finland
Munich Münchner Stammtisch 2018-12-13 germany
Berlin 126. Berlin-Brandenburg Stammtisch 2018-12-14 germany
online via IRC Foundation Annual General Meeting 2018-12-15 everywhere
Cologne Bonn Airport Bonner Stammtisch 2018-12-18 germany
Lüneburg Lüneburger Mappertreffen 2018-12-18 germany
Nottingham Pub Meetup 2018-12-18 united kingdom
Reutti Stammtisch Ulmer Alb 2018-12-18 germany
Rennes Recensement des panneaux publicitaires 2018-12-23 france
Leipzig OpenStreetMap assembly 2018-12-27-2018-12-30 germany
Heidelberg State of the Map 2019 (international conference) 2019-09-21-2019-09-23 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 PierZen, Polyglot, Rogehm, SK53, SunCobalt, TheSwavu, derFred, jinalfoflia.