weeklyOSM 373

05/09/2017-11/09/2017

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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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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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weeklyOSM 372

29/08/2017-04/09/2017

screen shot OpenStreetMap Inspector, objects without important tags

The OpenStreetMap Inspector now shows nodes and ways which do not have “important” tags. 1 | data OpenStreetMap contributors, ODbL, image CC-BY-SA OpenStreetMap and Geofabrik

About us

  • 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

  • [1] In the tagging view of the OpenStreetMap Inspector there is a new layer with tagging errors. The routing view now contains, once more, another error layer which shows ‘sources’ and ‘sinks’ of oneway roads which are either unreachable or have no return route.
  • The Flemish community in Belgium wishes to explicitly tag maxspeed on all highways. André Picard says this goes against existing usage in the country where a special relation of type default is used to provide information on a range of default values. He objects to the original wiki proposal page being marked as “abandoned”. Clifford Snow remarks that the documentation on the wiki is inconsistent and difficult to understand.
  • A discussion began on the Tagging mailing list around the usage of the tag shop=fashion as opposed to the tag shop=boutique considering that the latter has more uses.
  • The MapGive initiative of the U.S. Department of State provides the OSM community satellite image material of the region Ashgabat (Turkmenistan), which was recorded in the August 2017 (30 cm resolution).
  • Frederik Ramm started (de) (automatic translation) a discussion on the German OSM Forum if we really need all boundary relations or if some of them should be deleted. As an example, he points to a segment of the River Rhine which belongs to 29 relations.
  • Sam Guilford from YouthMappers has published a small article about POSM and Mapeo.
  • Voting on the proposal Language Information will be open until 13th September. The proposal wants to introduce the tag language:<key> = <language code> which describes which language a tag <key> = * has.
  • iD has a new feature: “Review requested”. Pascal Neis writes in his blog post how to find these changesets and help the newcomer in his first steps in OSM, such as with links to wiki pages, tags, and map features, good practices, the OSM Forum or the page OSM help. Pascal forgot to mention the mailing lists. 😉

Community

  • Dr. Steffano de Sabbato (Leicester University) asks for guidance to help interpret the mapping of London for his research. He also provides links to some previous preliminary studies.
  • Geospa_gal believes that there’s a need for more women to respond to the survey about gender bias in the OSM, and invites people to participate in order to have more accurate data about the gender situation in the community. Some people on Talk-US mailing list criticize the survey and the (desired) aims.
  • Gardster shares pictures (and videos) from the very well-attended 13th OSM Birthday party held by the Belarus community in Minsk on the 30th of August.
  • Joost Schouppe writes a diary entry highlighting the need of improving interaction between OSM and academic communities.

Imports

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • The minutes of the last OSMF board meeting on August 24 have been completed. The next public meeting will take place on September 21st 21:00 London time.
  • The minutes of the Local Chapters Congress at SotM have been published.
  • There will be elections to the board of the OpenStreetMap Foundation at end of 2017. Frederik Ramm explains what potential candidates should expect and tries to abandon some illusions about being a board member.
  • A meeting of the Engineering Working Group took place on August 29 and the minute is online. The topic was the end of this year’s Google Summer of Code.

Events

  • Edoardo Neerhut writes in the Mapillary Blog about the OSM ecosystem, OSMCha from Mapbox and about the AI assisted road tracing of Facebook in Thailand.
  • The call for papers for the SOTM Latam 2017 is still open! The conference will take place in Lima, Peru, from November 29th to December 2nd.

Humanitarian OSM

Maps

  • Stephan Bösch Plepelits, author of OpenStreetBrowser reported in his blog that the pop-ups on the map have been significantly improved. A permalink will be available for the map in the near future.
  • Mapbox announces a modified pricing in its blog. They rolled out pay-as-you-go pricing for their core products like maps, search, and navigation.

Programming

  • Frédéric Rodrigo published his findings on using a Redis database to query OSM objects and discusses performance relative to SQL queries on PostgreSQL. The experiments aim to explore ways of improving the heavy computations of the Osmose QA-tool.
  • Maripo Goda works on a JOSM plugin which warns mappers if they move a node over a large distance.

Releases

The new release of Mapbox Navigation SDK for iOS v0.7.0 comes with automatic day/night styles, other UI improvements, better compatibility with Amazon Polly, support for multiple legs, more aggressive location snapping, new localizations and much more.

Did you know …

Other “geo” things

  • Accurate maps of crops in both Germany and England have been produced using Remote sensing data from the ESA’s Sentinel-2 satellite. The English dataset is published under an open licence.
  • Thames Valley Records Centre (TVERC) are using non-open data on building age to create a model of potential bat roosting sites.
  • A nice article by Kartin Humai shows how to go on a “time travel” with Mapillary. 😉
  • Stefano Cudini has a demo version of his open source ‘geo-social’ platform KeplerJs online. KeplerJs combines the features of social networks with geographical facts and uses OpenStreetMap among others.

Upcoming Events

Where What When Country
Tokyo 東京!街歩き!マッピングパーティ:第11回 清澄庭園 2017-09-09 japan
Moscow Staircase Sunday 2017-09-10 russia
Passau Mappertreffen 2017-09-11 germany
Rennes Réunion mensuelle 2017-09-11 france
Lyon Rencontre mensuelle ouverte 2017-09-12 france
Berlin 111. Berlin-Brandenburg Stammtisch 2017-09-14 germany
Munich Stammtisch 2017-09-14 germany
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
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
Prescott Josm Workshop at 2017 AGIC Conference 2017-09-21 Arizona
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
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

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, Polyglot, Rogehm, SK53, SeleneYang, Spec80, YoViajo, derFred, jinalfoflia.