weeklyOSM 339

01/10/2017-01/16/2017

Karte mit neuen Straßen

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

Mapping

  • 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.

Community

Events

  • 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.

Maps

  • 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.

switch2OSM

  • 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.

Software

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

Programming

  • 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.

Releases

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.

weeklyOSM 338

01/03/2017-01/09/2017

Logo

New routing possiblities for wheelchairs 1 |

Mapping

  • Regio OSM, a completeness checker for addresses now checks 1702 communities and many cities in Germany, one of the 11 countries where the tool can be used.
  • An interesting combination of OpenData and OSM to improve the OSM data of schools in the UK. One drawback is that a direct link exists only to iD. If iD is open, however, you can open JOSM from there. 😉
  • Pascal Neis describes in a blog post his tools for QA in OSM
  • Arun Ganesh shows the significance of the wikidata=* tag by an example of the North Indian city of Manali. In his contribution, he also points to possibilities for improving OSM with further information via Wikidata, Wikimedia Commons, WikiVoyage and also points out information about using Wikidata with Mapbox tools.
  • The OSM Operations team announced a new feature on the main map page: Public GPS-Tracks.
  • Tom Pfeifer asks, how the quite modern form of cooperation, sharing of workspaces and equipment in the form of the coworking space should be tagged.
  • Chris uses AutoHotKey (Windows) and JOSM to optimize his mapping experience. He demonstrates this in a video, while tracing building outlines.
  • User rorym shows why it is useful not to make mechanical edits but “look at the area and look for other mistakes!”

Community

OpenStreetMap Foundation

Events

  • Klaus Torsky reports (de) (automatic translation) on the last FOSS4G in Germany. He links to an interview (en) with Till Adams the brain behind the organisation of FOSS4G in Bonn.
  • Frederik Ramm invites people for the February hack weekend happening in Karlsruhe.
  • A mapping party took place in Tombuctu took place from 7th to 9th of January.

Humanitarian OSM

  • Kizito Makoye reports on the initiative of the Dar es Salaam City Administration, Tanzania, in the floodplains of poor regions such as Tandal drones. The Ramani-Huria project supports this by implementing the acquired data in OSM-based maps. This and other measures will improve the living conditions and the infrastructure in the slum areas.

Maps

switch2OSM

  • Uber uses OpenStreetMap. Grant Slater expects Uber to contribute to OSM data.

Software

  • The Wikimedia help explains how to use the Wikidata ID to display the outline of OSM Objects in Wikimedia maps.
  • User Daniel writes a diary on how the latest release of Open Source Routing Machine (version 5.5) has made it easier to set up our own routing machine and shares some documentation related to it.

Releases

OpenStreetMap Routing Machine released version 5.5 which comes with some huge enhancements in guidance, tags, API and infrastructure.

Software Version Release date Comment
OSRM 5.5.0 2016-12-16 Navigation, tag interpretation and the API infrastructure have been improved.
JOSM 11427 2016-12-31 No info.
Mapillary Android * 3.14 2017-01-04 Much faster GPX fix.
Mapbox GL JS v0.30.0 2017-01-05 No info.
Naviki Android;* 3.52.4 2017-01-05 Accuracy improved.
Mapillary iOS * 4.5.11 2017-01-06 Improved onboarding.
SQLite 1.16.2 2017-01-06 Four fixes.

Provided by the OSM Software Watchlist.

(*) unfree software. See: freesoftware.

Did you know …

  • … the daily updated extracts by Netzwolf?
  • … your next holiday destination? If yes, then the map with georeferenced images in Wikimedia Commons is ideal to inform oneself in advance.
  • … the GPS navigator uNav for Ubuntu smartphones? This OSM-based Navi-App is now available in version 0.64 for the Ubuntu Mobile Operating System (OTA-14).

OSM in the media

  • Tracy Staedter (Seeker) explained the maps of Geoff Boeing. He calls his visualization tool OSMnx (OSM + NetworkX). The tool can create the physical characteristics of the streets of each city in a black & white grid, showing impressive historical city developments. Boeing says, “The cards help change opinions by demonstrating to people that the density of a city is not necessarily bad.”

Other “geo” things

  • The Open Traffic Partnership (OTP) is an initiative in Manila, Philippines which aims to make use of anonymized GPS data to analyze traffic congestion. The partnership has led to an open source platform – OSM is represented by Mapzen – that enables developing countries to record and analyze traffic patterns. Alyssa Wright, President of the US OpenStreetMap Foundation, said: “The partnership seeks to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of global transport use and supply through open data and capacity expansion.”
  • This is how the Mercator Projection distorts the poles.
  • Treepedia, developed by MIT’s Senseable City Lab and World Economic Forum, provides a visualization of tree cover in 12 major cities including New York, Los Angeles and Paris.

Upcoming Events

Where What When Country
Lyon Mapathon Missing Maps pour Ouahigouya 01/16/2017 france
Brussels Brussels Meetup 01/16/2017 belgium
Essen Stammtisch 01/16/2017 germany
Grenoble Rencontre groupe local 01/16/2017 france
Manila 【MapAm❤re】OSM Workshop Series 7/8, San Juan 01/16/2017 philippines
Augsburg Augsburger Stammtisch 01/17/2017 germany
Cologne/Bonn Bonner Stammtisch 01/17/2017 germany
Scotland Edinburgh 01/17/2017 uk
Lüneburg Mappertreffen Lüneburg 01/17/2017 germany
Viersen OSM Stammtisch Viersen 01/17/2017 germany
Osnabrück Stammtisch / OSM Treffen 01/18/2017 germany
Karlsruhe Stammtisch 01/18/2017 germany
Osaka もくもくマッピング! #02 01/18/2017 japan
Leoben Stammtisch Obersteiermark 01/19/2017 austria
Urspring Stammtisch Ulmer Alb 01/19/2017 germany
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
Brussels FOSDEM 2017 02/04/2017-02/05/2017 belgium
Genoa OSMit2017 02/08/2017-02/11/2017 italy
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

Note: If you like to see your event here, please put it into the calendar. Only data which is there, will appear in weeklyOSM. Please check your event in our public calendar preview and correct it, where appropiate..

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