weeklyOSM 317



OpenStreetMap 12th Birthday – cakes in Nashua, USA; Bangalore, India and Essen, Germany 1 | © Nakaner, Alan Bragg, Jinal Foflia, Softgrow CC-BY-SA 3.0


  • On talk-de, Nikhil Prabhakar from Mapbox outlines a proposal to map turn restrictions and exit & destination tags remotely. Some people reply to the thread; the rest of OSM reaches for the popcorn :)The plan is to start in Stuttgart (almost no Mapillary images), Wolfsburg and Berlin (the homes of Daimler, Porsche, VW, and allegedly someone else). Mapbox is also doing something similar in Canada.
  • Mapbox Peru team led a Mapillary event at Ayacucho, Huamanga during which over 8000 photos were captured while walking, biking and driving.
  • @Mapeadora reports on an artistic project based on the memory of missing persons in Michoacán: “El caminar y los mapas de la memoria” (automatic translation) based on various audiovisual techniques, where a map of the journeys made in the State of Michoacan used georeferenced taking pictures using #Mapillary.
  • There’s discussion on talk-gb about a mapper editing boundaries around the East Midlands of England (specifically “unparished areas”, where there’s no local authority at admin level 10). There has also been considerable criticism of his “automated responses” to changeset discussion comments.
  • Martijn van Exel writes in his user blog about the newly restarted OpenStreetView (OSV) – now looked after by Telenav. Martijn points out that the OSV app can retrieve data from the bus systems of the car for better geo-referencing using the OBD2 interface. Unlike Mapillary, the front and back end are both free software. This issue is still open, however… we invite you to collaborate with pictures and code!
  • Pokemon Go works as a perfect excuse while collecting ref points for new #OpenStreetMap aerial imagery correction, Grant Slater says.


  • User Alan Bragg writes about the celebrations at New Hampshire for OSM’s 12th birthday.
  • In an interview with OpenCage Data, Pekka Sarkola talks about the OSM community in Finland including their current work and challenges they face.
  • Last week, OpenStreetMap turned 12 with birthday celebrations across the world at Kigali, Dublin, Copenhagen, Moscow, New Hampshire, London, Bangalore, Essen, Teyateyaneng and Tunis.
  • Lambertus is the only person with full admin rights for the OSM forum and he is apparently not available. Therefore, there is discussion on the talk mailing list to consider setting up a new forum. Some of the concerns discussed were preserving the existing data.
  • Pascal Neis’s How did you contribute to OpenStreetMap? now has a heatmap Calendar too!


  • The Data Working Group (DWG) has reverted Facebook’s undiscussed import of poor quality autorecognized streets in Egypt. See also the discussion on one of the reverted changesets.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • The DWG (Data Working Group) is looking for English to Chinese translation help.
  • Sven Geggus thinks that because membership@osmfoundation.org uses Google’s email services and rejects emails from his server as “spam”, it might be a reason to resign from OSMF . (Deutsch) (automatic translation)


  • The BarCamp Takoradi 2016 will take place on 27th August 2016 in Takoradi, Ghana at a venue that is yet to be decided. The theme for this year is “Professionalism in entertainment and entrepreneurship”.

Humanitarian OSM

  • Ramani Huria has worked with Garmin & Mapillary to conduct street view mapping of Dar es Salaam using Mapillary. This street view imagery can be used in numerous ways, including to take virtual walks & explore landmarks, map key points of interest, and survey solutions.


  • Markus Reuter from Netzpolitik.org introduces an OpenStreetMap project Surveillance under Surveillance. It is an interactive map of all the surveillance cameras mapped so far.
  • A free Mapbox GL basemap, OSM liberty from OpenStreetMap, with complete liberty to use and self host. It is a fork of OSM Bright based on free data sources with a mission for a clear good looking design for the everyday user.
  • Stamen launched a worldwide version of the OSM-based Terrain map. The repo is public and Stamen welcomes collaborators.
  • If a client that uses the tile servers used for OSM’s “standard” map style (i.e. tile.openstreetmap.org etc.), and doesn’t send an HTTP referrer, it will operate with reduced priority in the future, as Paul Norman announced on the dev mailing list. It is done to reduce the overloading of those servers. The overloading was caused inter alia, by FastPokeMap.
  • Lukas Martinelli asks what Antarctica really looks like? That’s why Martin Raifer points to an old article (by Christoph Hormann).


Open Data

  • Christoph Hormann analyzed the record ALOS AW3D30 of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. ALOS AW3D30 is a global digital elevation model under a free license.
  • Michael Hörz from Goethe-Institut sums up (UK) the recent Open Data discussion in Germany. Worth mentioning here is the Mapnificent project on OSM base.
  • IBM announces it’s collaboration with Mapbox to bring geospatial analysis or “mapping” to business users by integrating it into Watson Analytics and thereby opening up a new level of analytics to all.




  • Mapzen elaborates about its routing service Valhalla and how it provides country-specific access restrictions for pedestrians. For this, the library Mjolnir is used to create tiled routing data.
  • Geofabrik has revised its range of free shapefiles. In a transition phase, both versions are offered, but later only the new one will be. The free shapefiles have been enhanced to include cycling and walking routes.
  • Users Zabot who is working under the Google Summer of Code writes about how OSM2World now dominates reflections on building windows.


Software Version Release date Comment
OSRM Backend 5.3.2 2016-08-09 One bug fixed
Naviki Android 3.45.3 2016-08-11 Two errors fixed
SQLite 3.14.1 2016-08-11 Performance enhancement to the page-cache, fix of –rbu option
JOSM 10786 2016-08-12 Java 7 not supported any more, new function “Paste at source position”, support geo: URLs
Mapbox GL JS v0.22.0 2016-08-12 Two breaking changes, seven new features & improvements, eight bugfixes
Mapillary Android 2.38 2016-08-12 Many extensions and some bug fixes
Mapillary iOS 4.4.9 2016-08-12 Three bugs fixed
OsmAnd+ for Android var 2016-08-12 New UI, enhanced POI search, improved POI and OSM editing
PostgreSQL 9.5.4 ff 2016-08-12 Update releases fixing a number of issues of 9.5.3
Maps.me Android var 2016-08-15 POI for Olympia, updated map data

Provided by the OSM Software Watchlist

Did you know …

  • Jochen Topf blogs about the latest changes made to the taginfo ‘projects’ feature, also encouraging users to add their projects to the page.

Other “geo” things

  • Astro Digital won first place in the NGA Maps Actually Hackathon this weekend. They analyzed thousands of satellite images to automatically detect missing buildings in OpenStreetMap (OSM).
  • The Washington Post explains that “Google Maps did not ‘delete’ Palestine — but it does impact how you see it.”
  • Adrian Lobe from the German daily newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung suggests, that the use of Google Maps “areas of interest” would not always show the truth and he suspects that Google manipulates and nudges its users imperceptibly. (Deutsch) (automatic translation)
  • Google encourages its users to add local knowledge of their surroundings, such as opening hours, noise levels, etc, to help provide better maps.

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