Screnshot aus dem OpenStreetMap Inspector, Ansicht "Public Transport - Stops"

    Haltestellen des öffentlichen Verkehrs im südlichen Saarland und Lothringen, Screnshot aus dem OpenStreetMap Inspector, Ansicht "Public Transport – Stops" 1 | CC-BY-SA 3.0


  • Geofabrik announced on their blog a revision of the public transport views on OpenStreetMap Inspector. Now, they show validator issues for Public Transport v2 route relations.
  • Simon Poole suggests (de) (automatic translation) to remove note=* tags from the stations of the carsharing provider Mobility. The tags ask mappers not to modify these objects.
  • Frederik Ramm has deleted numerous POIs or removed their description tag in the last few days, on the suspicion of spammy edits performed by SEO sock puppets. There are several changeset discussions [1] [2] [3] [4] regarding Frederik’s changes. The "algorithm" for finding these POIs underwent some changes during the process.
  • The contributor ionr asks the German forum about how to deal (de) with review_requested=yes. Besides the discussion, there are hints (de) on tools to find such tags: Find Suspicious OpenStreetMap Changesets, OSMCha and osm-qa-feeds.


  • Topi Tjukanov (@tjukanov) tweets a GIF animation showing the "optimal routes by car from the geographic center of the contiguous United States to +3000 counties". The author posted on Medium.com how he creates these visualisations.
  • acette created OSM Visual History, an improved version of OSM Deep History. It features a more interactive user interface, with a map that shows older versions of OSM elements. Have a look for yourself and feel free to provide feedback to the author.
  • The note in our previous issue that weeklyOSM will discontinue the calendar server on end of this year prompted a discussion on the Talk mailing list as to whether one of the users involved in the dispute should be banned from the OSM wiki.
  • User Natenom reports (de) about his first major change, which he made to OpenStreetMap with the help of the community, which included a new roundabout with corresponding relocation of the public transport relations and much more.


  • On the Imports mailing list, a Swiss mapper shares details of a semi-automatic import planned at canton Basel-Stadt in Switzerland. A similar import had been initiated in 2015/2016 without the review of the Imports mailing list. However, the new proposal, currently in the planning stage, seeks review of the Imports mailing list.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • OpenStreetMap UK asks if they should purchase a 360 degree camera for OpenStreetMap events for renting to OSM UK members.
  • This year’s Annual General Meeting of the OSM Foundation wlll take place on December 9th. Only fully paid up members will be able to vote, and only those who have already become members 30 days prior to the AGM date. If you are interested in voting, you need to register as a member or renew your subscription.
  • The minutes of the OSMF Board of Directors meeting on October 26th is online. The topics were: guidelines for the use of the "State of the Map" trademark, mailing list of the Advisory Board, planning the 2017 Annual General Meeting, status report on current application procedures for new regional representations, employment of administrative support for SotM activities.
  • Members of FOSSGIS e.V., the de-facto local OSM chapter in Germany, discuss a proposal (de) (automatic translation) by Frederik Ramm which asks to support a new routing server which could provide OSRM-powered routing on openstreetmap.de and openstreetmp.org.
  • The State of the Map Working Group blogs about the experience of the 15 scholars from around the globe who attended State of the Map 2017. For all of them, the conference has been an inspiring experience, and a window to the international OSM community.


Humanitarian OSM

  • Dale Kunce announces the new HOT code of conduct on the HOT mailing list.
  • John Whelan complains on the HOT mailing list about the excessive amount of automatic emails sent by version 3 of the Tasking Manager following a Task evaluation.
  • Safwat Halaby complains on the Talk mailing list about a HOT project in the West Bank, which suffers from considerable quality deficiencies. In the discussion following, voices are raised about a lack of quality awareness among the creators of HOT mapping projects and mapathon organisers.


  • Support Klimaschutzkarte (climate protection map) with OpenStreetMap: The Climate Protection Map Germany of the Department of Geoinformatics at Heidelberg University helps to inform about local sustainable consumption, renewable energy, climate-friendly mobility and other aspects on climate protection in your region. Help to increase the awareness of this by entering corresponding locations to OSM. Unfortunately, the map is missing a correct attribute.
  • Christoph Hormann proposes a set of rendering solutions that improve map readability at high zoom levels in his blog. It is unthinkable to keep the same rendering of a certain type of way at all zoom levels. Paper cartography solved it by using different styles for each map; digital cartography has the extra challenge to keep rendering both consistent and clear at any scale.

Open Data

  • Nathaniel Vaughn Kelso announces the immediate availability of Natural Earth dataset, version 4.


  • Daniel Patterson from Mapbox announces an update to the OSRM demoserver and publishes the changelog.
  • Christoph Eckert wrote a review of OsmAnd and MAPS.ME after using them on a small vacation.


  • Thomas Gratier points out "An analysis of the Mapbox GL JS library by Delft University of Technology students (master-level)".
  • Mapbox announces GL expressions with the release of Mapbox GL JS v0.41.0.
  • Roland Olbricht explains in detail in his blog post why he considers systemd unsuitable for the operation of the Overpass API. systemd has recently repeatedly caused corrupt databases and serious errors. Roland also presents alternative approaches.


  • JOSM 13053 is the latest stable release. Usability on high-DPI display has been improved, among other things.
  • For other software releases, please refer to OSM Software Watchlist from Wambacher.

Other “geo” things

  • Shareloc, the free map API for creating and sharing OpenLayers maps, now offers the TopPlus-Web-Open map service of the BKG as a layer in the official demo. TopPlus-Web-Open is based on multiple free data sources, including OSM.
  • Phil McLaughlin from Esri Ireland presented his thoughts about the Open Data Camp 2017 in Queens University, Belfast from a geographer’s point of view.
  • A detailed test of the Casio WSD F20 Pro Trek-Smartwatch was published on Pocketnavigation.de (de). Among others the accuracy of the GPS receiver and navigation with different apps based on OSM and Google Maps map data was tested.
  • Geoawesomeness published an introduction to the Discrete Global Grid System (DGGS) standard announced by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). A standardisation of the concept behind what3words and what3ikea.
  • As of next year, Ghana will no longer use a Google-based system for adress locating and thus save $400,000 in annual license fees. Instead, a self-developed system of the Ghanaian postal service will be used, which is also subject to strong criticism.
  • An article on Atlas Obscura presents the challenges climate change poses to cartography.
  • Everton-supporting pranksters have turned local rivals Liverpool blue by "defining" a new search term for Anfield.
  • A press release reported on the collaboration between Telenav and Waylens, which has developed a special wide-angle Horizon car camera, whose GPS data and recordings are automatically transferred to the Telenav Cloud to improve OSM data for autonomous driving.

Upcoming Events

    |Where ||When |Country |
    |Brno ||2017-11-04-2017-11-06 |czech republic |
    |Budapest ||2017-11-06-2017-11-07 |hungary |
    |Helsinki ||2017-11-07-2017-11-08 |finland |
    |Rostock ||2017-11-07-2017-11-08 |germany |
    |Havana ||2017-11-07-2017-11-10 |cuba |
    |Munich ||2017-11-08-2017-11-09 |germany |
    |West Lafayette ||2017-11-08-2017-11-09 |united states |
    |Berlin ||2017-11-09-2017-11-10 |germany |
    |online via Mumble||2017-11-09-2017-11-10 |germany |
    |Tokyo ||2017-11-11-2017-11-12 |japan |
    |Rennes ||2017-11-13-2017-11-14 |france |
    |Lyon ||2017-11-14-2017-11-15 |france |
    |Nantes ||2017-11-14-2017-11-15 |france |
    |Heidelberg ||2017-11-14-2017-11-15 |germany |
    |Karlsruhe ||2017-11-15-2017-11-16 |germany |
    |Ulm ||2017-11-15-2017-11-16 |germany |
    |Rennes ||2017-11-15-2017-11-16 |france |
    |online via Mumble||2017-11-16-2017-11-17 |everywhere|
    |Digne-les-Bains ||2017-11-16-2017-11-17 |france |
    |Helsinki ||2017-11-18-2017-11-19 |finland |
    |Taipei ||2017-11-20-2017-11-21 |taiwan |
    |Bonn ||2017-11-21-2017-11-22 |germany |
    |Lüneburg ||2017-11-21-2017-11-22 |germany |
    |Nottingham ||2017-11-21-2017-11-22 |united kingdom |
    |Edinburgh ||2017-11-21-2017-11-22 |united kingdom |
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