weeklyOSM 396


Screenshot der OpenStationMap

The improved OpenStationMap with a WebGL-3D-View 1 | © OpenStreetMap Mitwirkende, Mapbox, OpenStationMap


  • Joost Schouppe would like to revive the proposal for hollow ways, but some English native speakers have never heard this term and prefer sunken lane.
  • User tyr_asd posts about their Latest changes tool: the new version displays deleted features as light outlines on the map. This visualisation is based on Overpass’ augmented diff queries.


  • After five years, MapLesotho moves onto Phase 4: more detailed localised field surveying.
  • Researchers from the Universities of Oxford and Leicester have studied the location of alcohol outlets in OSM data. Their work is now published in Health & Place. After assessing the reliability of the data, they conclude that OSM is a useful supplementary data source for researchers interested in the spatial availability of alcohol.
  • The Japan OSM community received (ja) (automatic translation) the Special Award from Japan Cartographers Association. The award was given for the community’s contribution to the map industry by making maps through citizen participation.
  • Heather Leson and Kate Chapman invite women in the OSM community to attend two Mumble conferences about gender and OSM. A date has not yet been set. She also assures that subsequent conversations around this topic would include the wider community.
  • OpenStreetMap Belgium’s Mapper of the Month is Anisa Kuci from Albania. In the interview she talks about her involvement in a variety of OSM activities.
  • OpenCageData’s blog interviewed Ilya Zverev, developer of the Level0 editor, about the reasons for the development and his hopes for OSM.
  • Members from OSM Benin (community supported this year by an OSM-focused International Volunteer from Francophonie) met on Saturday 17, February at Cocotomey Centre to discuss activities for 2018 and map the town of Cotonou.
  • Aimée Sama, member of OSM Togo and Projet EOF, currently in Master’s degree of Geography in Grenoble (French Alps), met the local community to present the OSM activities made in Togo since 2014.
  • OSMF Operations Working Group has published a call for tender for a new data centre to replace the data centre of Imperial College, London. Only facilities in the European Union are eligible to participate. Deadline is February 28th.
  • Former long-time contributor emacsen, who previously wrote “Why the world needs OpenStreetMap“, has written a new blog post “Why OpenStreetMap is in Serious Trouble“.
    The article was discussed on, among others, Hacker News, on the subreddits /r/openstreetmap and /r/linux, and also extensively on OSM’s own lists.
  • In a Twitter thread, Randy Meech, the founder of Mapzen and Mapquest, explains his view on the current discussion sparked by emacsen’s blog post.


  • The Brandify company inquired about the import of RetroFitness locations, but got reminded about a previous import of theirs (Walmart locations), which still needs fixing.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • The draft of the minutes of the meeting of the License Working Group held on February 8th is online. The discussion focused on the restrictions on the publication of OSM metadata in connection with the General Data Protection Regulation, which will come into force at the end of May. A position paper of the LWG on this topic is also available.
  • The minutes of the public OSM Foundation’s Board meeting are online.
  • The Engineering Working Group (EWG) held a meeting on February 12th to discuss OSM’s participation in GSoC, project ideas and top priority tasks. Detailed minutes can be found here.


  • The State of the Map Latam 2018 will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The dates are yet to be finalized and more details will be published soon.
  • The HOT Summit 2018 will be hosted at FOSS4G’s location, from August 27th to September 2nd in Dar es Salaam (Tanzania).
  • The Japan community, with their experience of hosting an international SotM, will hold the State of the Map Japan 2018 (ja) in Tokyo on August 11th.

Humanitarian OSM

  • Rory McCann criticizes the organisers of the HOT Summit at FOSS4G in Tanzania over the inconsistency of having a Code of Conduct, which prohibits discrimination on basis of sexual orientation, for a conference taking place in a country where homosexuality is banned.
  • According to the minutes of the board meeting of HOT on February 9th, they are thinking about changing the membership model. Currently, new “voting members” have to be elected by a two-thirds majority of the existing voting members.
  • Tino Raphaël Toupane reports in the official HOT blog about the use of smartphones for mapping at Lansana-Conte de Sonfonia University in Conakry (Guinea). The equipment was financed by the NGO Nethope.


  • Wikimedia Italia, the italian OSMF chapter, organised (automatic translation) a 60 hours work-related learning project at the technical school IIS Avogadro (Turin, Italy) introducing some students to the OSM ecosystem and allowing them to remotely map buildings in the Ivrea area.


  • Ilya Zverev imported the planet dump from 20th February 2008 into a PostGIS database and rendered it with Mapnik with the current version of OSM-Carto. He shared more details about it on the Talk mailing list.
  • Matthijs Melissen is working on a redesign of the low zoom levels of OSM Carto. Test rendering can be found on Github.

Open Data

  • The Canton of Thurgau allowed to use an orthophoto layer with a ground resolution of 10 cm for the OSM community.


  • A message on the JOSM’s homepage praising Elon Musk’s commitment to space has been criticized by some of it’s users to which the JOSM developers put forward their point of view.


  • In light of the data protection laws that will come into effect in EU, Michael Reichert tested how some of the OSM tools would behave with OSM data that has less or no metadata. This sparked a long discussion on the OSM-dev mailing list about the upcoming data protection law and the changes that might be required in OSM in order to ensure compliance.
  • OpenStreetMap has, once more, been accepted as a participating organisation for Google’s Summer of Code 2018. Ideas for projects are being collected on the OSM Wiki.
  • Martin Raifer works on adding WMS support for iD editor—currently limited to WMS which support Web Mercator (EPSG:3857).
  • help.openstreetmap.org currently uses QSQA, but needs to be ported to Askbot, as QSQA is not maintained anymore. A volunteer is needed for performing this task.
  • The OSMF tile servers answer requests to port 80 now with a forwarding to port 443.


  • The Boundaries Map has been released in version 4.3. Author Wambacher is happy about getting some feedback.
  • The recent stable release of JOSM includes support for XZ compressed files and fixing memory leaks related to image mapping among others. The complete list of changes can be found here.

Did you know …

  • … Mapbox has invited the registered map developers to tweet their ideas and generated maps under the hashtag #1millionexploring ? A look is worthwhile.
  • OpenStationMap, the indoor map of railway stations?

Other “geo” things

  • Vox video “Europe’s most fortified border is in Africa”, used OpenStreetMap data through Stamen to show Melilla in North Africa. Sadly no attribution during the video or in the end credits. If only the one million viewers would know the source of the map.
  • Heise.de reported (de) that the new code of conduct of the operating system FreeBSD goes too far in the eyes of some, and so is causing controversy. (automatic translation)
  • RIPE (Réseaux IP Européens) would like to record the locations of important network infrastructure and recently launched the OpenIPMap project, similar to OpenStreetMap but distinct and with unique features.
  • Mapbox now provides three new Chinese map styles via Mapbox.cn.

Upcoming Events

Where What When Country
Bremen Bremer Mappertreffen 2018-02-26 germany
Essen Mappertreffen 2018-02-26 germany
Graz Stammtisch Graz 2018-02-26 austria
Brussels Road Completion Workshop 2018-02-27 belgium
Viersen OSM Stammtisch Viersen 2018-02-27 germany
Dusseldorf Stammtisch 2018-02-28 germany
Osaka もくもくマッピング! #14 2018-02-28 japan
Minsk byGIS #6 2018-02-28 belarus
Dresden Stammtisch Dresden 2018-03-01 germany
Lannion 3ème concours de contributions OpenStreetMap 2018-03-01-2018-03-23 france
San Juan Open (geo)Data Day 2018 2018-03-03 philippines
Hachiohji 高尾山薬王院マッピングパーティ IODD2018 Code for Hachioji 2018-03-03 japan
Helsinki Open Data Day mapathons 2018-03-03 finland
Biella Incontro mensile mapper di Biellese 2018-03-03 italy
Brisbane Missing Maps mapathon 2018-03-04 australia
Montreal Les Mercredis cartographie 2018-03-07 canada
Stuttgart Stuttgarter Stammtisch 2018-03-07 germany
Praha/Brno/Ostrava Kvartální pivo 2018-03-07 czech republic
London OpenStreetMap Q&A London 2018-03-07 united kingdom
Berlin 117. Berlin-Brandenburg Stammtisch 2018-03-08 germany
Munich Münchner Stammtisch 2018-03-08 germany
Brussels OSMBE Official Meeting & Meetup 2018-03-09 belgium
Buenos Aires Geobirras 2018-03-09 argentina
Kyoto 幕末京都マッピングパーティ#02:月の明かりと大獄と 2018-03-10 japan
Tokyo 東京!街歩き!マッピングパーティ:第17回特別編 旧東海道品川宿 2018-03-11 japan
Cologne Bonn Airport FOSSGIS 2018 2018-03-21-2018-03-24 germany
Turin MERGE-it 2018 2018-03-23-2018-03-24 italy
Poznań State of the Map Poland 2018 2018-04-13-2018-04-14 poland
Disneyland Paris Marne/Chessy Railway Station FOSS4G-fr 2018 2018-05-15-2018-05-17 france
Bordeaux State of the Map France 2018 2018-06-01-2018-06-03 france
Milan State of the Map 2018 (international conference) 2018-07-28-2018-07-30 italy
Dar es Salaam FOSS4G 2018 2018-08-29-2018-08-31 tanzania
Bengaluru State of the Map Asia 2018 (effective date to confirm) 2018-10-01-2018-10-31 india

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This weeklyOSM was produced by Anne Ghisla, Nakaner, Polyglot, SK53, SeleneYang, SomeoneElse, Spanholz, Spec80, SrrReal, Tordanik, derFred, jcoupey, jinalfoflia, sev_osm.