weeklyOSM 339


Karte mit neuen Straßen

Data collected by Red Cross volunteers 1 | © OpenStreetMap Mitwirkende CC-BY-SA 2.0


  • Kartitotp shows in her blogpost that the community together with the Mapbox team in Ayacucho took a great step forward to make the 150,000-inhabitant city in the Peruvian Andes, the best mapped city in Latin America. 20 bus routes from 22 public transport companies are now available in OSM.
  • Martin Koppenhöfer raises once again the question why monuments up until today are not clearly distinguished by the two proposed subkeys.



  • Fatouma Harber and Aboul Hassane Cisse, hosted from 7th-9th January 2017 in collaboration with the OSM community of Mali a CartoCamp (mapping party) in Tombouctou.
  • Ulf Treger, in his lecture on maps on the 33C3, takes a look back at the historical development of maps and map projections to date and their geopolitical background.
  • Selene Yang published in a diary of photos from the SotM Latam, 2016 that happened in São Paulo, Brazil.
  • The State of the Map Africa Working Group has starting a logo contest.

Humanitarian OSM

  • In an OSM diary entry, “everyone_sinks_starco” complained about a HOT mapathon in Indonesia. It turned out to be a very effective rant, because various members of HOT Indonesia posted comments to explain what had happened (if you don’t understand Bahasa Indonesia you’ll need to copy and paste the second half of the comments into an online translation tool). To this, user Iyan the Project Manager of Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team Indonesia clarified and explained about the project.
  • That mapathons can be done well, too, is shown by the Red Cross: After training local mappers, 7000 villages in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone are mapped and GPS traces of 70,000 km of roads & paths are collected by those new volunteers.
  • The blog globalinnovationexchange.org has a very upbeat post published on the topic: Fighting Ebola with Information.


  • J. Budissin is seeking a volunteer who would setup and operate a Sorbian map as the former admin is not willing to do so anymore. Preferably people from Lusatia and the surroundings can volunteer.


  • The Chilean tax administration uses OSM maps. (Via osmCL)

Open Data

  • Martin Isenburg reports on rapidlasso.com that now there is open and free LiDAR data in Germany. First, North Rhine-Westphalia and then Thuringia have opened their geoportals for free download of geospatial data at the beginning of 2017. We are full of hope, Martin says, that other federal states will follow their lead. It would simply not make any sense to try to sell this kind of data, as it was shown in England recently.


  • Robot8A tries to convince Telegram developer to use OSM instead of Google Maps. Interesting discussion follows.


  • Adrien Pavie shows his JS library Pic4Carto which allows to embed geolocated pictures into a website. Right now it supports Flickr, Mapillary and Wikimedia Commons.
  • Karlos shows the newest changes of OSM go, e.g. built-in 3D-models of benches or wind turbines and first impressions from the London tube.


Software Version Release date Comment
Locus Map Free * 3.21.1 2017-01-10 Bugfix release.
Mapbox GL JS v0.31.0 2017-01-10 One new feature and two bugfixes.
Mapillary iOS * 4.5.12 2017-01-10 Minor fixes.
OSRM 5.5.3 2017-01-11 Two enhancements and three bugfixes.
Naviki iOS;* 3.53 2017-01-12 Supporting Apple Watch.
OSM Contributor 3.0.1 2017-01-12 Bugfix release.
QGIS 2.18.3 2017-01-13 No info.
libosmium 2.11.0 2017-01-14 Many changes, please read release info.
Traccar Client Android 4.0 2017-01-14 No info.
pyosmium 2.11 2017-01-15 Use current libosmium.

Provided by the OSM Software Watchlist.

(*) unfree software. See: freesoftware.

Did you know …

  • … Franz-Benjamin Mocnik’s visualizations on OpenStreetMap changeset and wiki tags?
  • TorFlow? It shows the traffic between the individual nodes of Tor in real time.

OSM in the media

  • The MVV, the local traffic company of Munich, will soon launch (automatic translation) a new service based on OpenStreetMap to show arrivals and delays of local trains. The MVV notes that OpenStreetMap data is not only free but also more current than data from HERE.
  • Federal Agency for Civic Education published an article how OpenStreetMap could be used for educational purposes in a public school. (automatic translation)
  • The Herald, in Zimbabwe writes about the importance of collaborative mapping initiatives, such a Missing Maps to help build resilience and better humanitarian response.

Other “geo” things

  • Examples of using OpenStreetMap data and Mapzen tools in news companies.
  • The QuickMapServices (we reported earlier) now contains more than 555 services.
  • Mashable presents jeans from Spinali Design that helps to navigate. We hope for the sake of your safety that only OpenStreetMap data is being used.

Upcoming Events

Where What When Country
Tokyo 東京!街歩き!マッピングパーティ:第4回 根津神社 01/21/2017 japan
Manila 【MapAm❤re】OSM Workshop Series 8/8, San Juan 01/23/2017 philippines
Bremen Bremer Mappertreffen 01/23/2017 germany
Graz Stammtisch Graz 01/23/2017 austria
Nottingham Nottingham Pub Meetup 01/24/2017 uk
Dresden Stammtisch 02/02/2017 germany
Lyon Stand OSM Salon Primevère 02/03/2017-02/05/2017 france
Brussels FOSDEM 2017 02/04/2017-02/05/2017 belgium
Genoa OSMit2017 02/08/2017-02/11/2017 italy
Cardiff OpenDataCamp UK 02/25/2017-02/26/2017 wales
Passau FOSSGIS 2017 03/22/2017-03/25/2017 germany
Avignon State of the Map France 2017 06/02/2017-06/04/2017 france
Aizu-wakamatsu Shi State of the Map 2017 08/18/2017-08/20/2017 japan
Buenos Aires FOSS4G+SOTM Argentina 2017 10/23/2017-10/28/2017 argentina

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This weeklyOSM was produced by Peda, Polyglot, Rogehm, SeleneYang, SomeoneElse, TheFive, YoViajo, derFred, jinalfoflia, keithonearth, vsandre.