weeklyOSM 320



A car of the taxi company Bruckbacher from Austria with OpenStreetMap – Text on the car: „Better safe than sorry“ 1 | Picture by Günther Zinsberger under CC0

About us

  • We were asked (Deutsch) after publishing issue 319 why MAPS.ME was marked as non-free software. MAPS.ME is not free software because it contains Code2000 font which is a shareware. We mark a software as free software if all its parts are free software as defined by Debian Free Software Guidelines.


  • Johan Gyllenspetz of Mapillary, tweets about their new filter function for traffic signs.
  • Jochen Topf blogs about a service that Martin Raifer created to show the history of tags in nice graphs. Some more background in a diary entry from Martin. Matthijs Melissen has already used this to find some interesting statistics.
  • On the Tagging mailing list, Martin Koppenhaofer initiates a discussion on the tagging of the BND (the German intelligence service) in Bad Aibling. He points out that landuse = military doesn’t fit and suggests alternatives.
  • Swiss OSM community discusses, in the Talk-ch mailing list, whether they should map postal code polygons (as boundary relations) similar to what happened in Germany.
  • User Nammala from Mapbox updates about progress of reviewing navigation data in Germany in the OSM forum and diary.


  • This year, for the first time in history of OpenStreetMap, there is a preparation for the OpenStreetMap Awards, they will be presented this September at the State of the Map 2016 in Brussels. Don’t forget to vote for your favourites! Anyone who is registered at OSM may participate. So you are! Please vote.
  • On the OSM-Talk mailing list, Matthijs Melissa proposed to replace the wiki page Map Features with an automatically generated version from Taginfo.
  • Martin Raifer has visualized the information of anonymized and simplified log-files of OSMF Tileserver provided by the OSMF.


  • Greg shares his idea to import trigonometric points in OSM in the Talk-gb mailing list.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • Brian Prangle communicates in the talk-GB mailing list informing that the statutes of the OpenStreetMap UK Community Interest Company has been reviewed by solicitors.


  • Geofabrik invites everyone to be a part of the hack weekend on 29th and 30th October in Karlsruhe.
  • We are going to have two continental State of the Map conferences: in Asia and Latin America.
    • The State of the Map Asia will take place in Manila, Philippines, on October 1st and 2nd. The program schedule will be published soon.
    • São Paulo, Brazil, will host the State of the Map Latam from November 25th to 27th. The call for talks, workshops and working groups is still open: submit yours before September 25th! The event accepts activities in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
  • SB 79 advertises the Elbe-Labe Meeting which takes place from October 7th to 9th in Dresden. Register before September 14 to get a T-shirt.

Humanitarian OSM

  • Submit your scholarship application for SotM Asia.
  • Microsoft and Mapzen have built a Augmented reality app which is a navigation system for visually impaired people. It was presented at the SotM-US as well.
  • The Newton hurricane struck the area of Southern California. Tasking Manager has been made to facilitate mapping by the community. The red zone is the priority area. The whole area is poorly mapped, so the challenge is strong! Please help map!
  • Mapswipe was probably used with success in Myanmar.


  • [1] The Austrian Taxi company Bruckbacher advertises its regional knowledge and therefore painted (automatic translation) a huge OSM map on one of its cars.
  • Andy Allan runs his map services (OpenCycleMap, Transport map) under the label Thunderforest. These services are converted to API keys (instead of the previous HTTP Referrer).
  • The Guardian published an interesting quiz – ‘Can you identify the world cities from their running heat-maps?”. Try it.


  • The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, is using OpenStreetMap in their crowdsourcing attempt of getting to know the real reach of their Emergency population warning system, Jan Ainali told us. (Schweden) (automatic translation)



  • Yves asks in the Dev mailing list, “Along with minutely diffs, I wonder if expired tiles lists would be something to be shared”. Andy Allan justified why that does not happen.
  • Due to high load on the OSMF tile server, requests without HTTP-Referrer are considered as low-priority processes (that is too slow for interactive maps). This happens even if you include the tiles over HTTP on an HTTPS page,.
  • Petr Pridall of Klokan Technologies, the project Tileserver GL. This is a tile server written in Node.js that uses Mapbox GL Native (C and OpenGL).
  • The Irish Overpass API instance is back again.


Software Version Release date Comment
BRouter 1.4.4 2016-08-29 Performance improvements, added mtb:scale:uphill
Locus Map Free* 3.18.9 2016-08-29 Some bugs fixed
OpenLayers 3.18.2 2016-08-29 Bug closing polygons resolved
Naviki Android* 3.47 2016-08-30 Layout, zoom and translation revised, eliminated errors and increased stability
Naviki iOS* 3.47 2016-08-30 Layout, zoom, translation revised and increased stability
OSRM Backend 5.3.3 2016-09-01 Four bugfixes. E.g. crashes because of segfaults.
Mapillary iOS* 4.4.11 2016-09-02 Added support for LG 360 camera and support for Russian
Vespucci 0.9.7r1155 2016-09-02 No info
JOSM 10966 2016-09-05 New expert function “Download in current view” in File menu, more improvements

Provided by the OSM Software Watchlist.

(*) unfree software. See freesoftware.

Did you know …

Other “geo” things

  • IEEE Spectrum reports a new approach of the University of Texas to reach GPS centimeter accuracy with the help of ground stations.
  • Arthur Brenaut has published on github a nice game to locate cities. The game has the potential for development.
  • Here, which belongs to Audi, BMW and Daimler, is “open to for new investors”, the German IT Blog Heise-Online says. (Deutsch) (automatic translation) Golem, an other IT news blog suspects two investors: MS and Amazon. (Deutsch) (automatic translation)
  • Network World shows a map by our competitor visualizing which countries in the world have open source laws.
  • PlaneMad explains why the line on the ground given at the Greenwich Royal Observatory is about 100 metres off zero longitude today.
  • An Icelandic tourist drew this map on the envelope instead of an address. The postal service delivered!

Upcoming Events

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Stuttgart Stammtisch 07/09/2016 germany
München Stammtisch München 08/09/2016 germany
Berlin 99. Berlin-Brandenburg Stammtisch 08/09/2016 germany
Berlin OSM-JOSM-Workshop 10/09/2016 germany
Stockholm Mapathon and Wiki Loves Monuments meetup 11/09/2016 sweden
Lyon Rencontre mensuelle mappeurs 13/09/2016 france
Landshut Landshut Stammtisch 13/09/2016 germany
Zaragoza OpenStreetMap Spain Association at the Wikimedia-ES conference 16/09/2016 spain
Zaragoza Spanish 10th anniversary mapping party 17/09/2016 spain
Rennes Rencontres mensuelles 19/09/2016 france
Bonn Bonner Stammtisch 20/09/2016 germany
Lüneburg Mappertreffen Lüneburg 20/09/2016 germany
Nottingham Nottingham 20/09/2016 united kingdom
Edinburgh Edinburgh 20/09/2016 united kingdom
Urspring Stammtisch Ulmer Alb 20/09/2016 germany
Helsinki HOT @ SPR in Helsinki 21/09/2016 finland
Karlsruhe Stammtisch 21/09/2016 germany
Brussels HOT Summit Missing Maps Mapathon 22/09/2016 belgium
Brussels HOT Summit 2016 22/09/2016 belgium
Brussels State of the Map 2016 23/09/2016-26/09/2016 belgium

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