weeklyOSM 322

09/13/2016-09/19/2016

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Mapping

  • Jothirnadh explains in his user diary how one can revert changesets in JOSM that would normally trigger a timeout.
  • Christoph Hormann analyzed data quality in the Canadian Arctic and compared it to Greenland in his blog post entitled “OpenStreetMap at its worst”.
  • Michael Tsang suggests a new relation in his proposal for “Through Services”.
  • Johnw asks how one could tag an amphitheatre.
  • Greg wants to add some more stats for the upcoming quarterly project and asks for help on Github.
  • Edits by Telenav employees with the quality assurance tool ImproveOSM are seen very critically by the Canadian Community. User Mihai Iepure requests to provide a short summary of the emails in English as he does not know French.
  • Adam Old, member of a “Tree Board“ in South Florida asks if they may use OpenStreetMap for their collection of trees and meta data of those trees.
  • Denis Stein asks on the OpenRailwayMap mailing list where exactly and how to map points (switches, turnouts), and makes some suggestions.
  • Jojo4u asks if railway=technical_station is obsoleted by railway=service_station.
  • Analysing MAPS.ME changesets, manoharuss found several typical rookie mistakes but surprisingly little misuse of name=*.
  • Krishna Nammala from Mapbox Data Team reported the German forum on the status of their efforts to “missing turn restrictions” in Germany.
  • Jojo4u created a new proposal for tagging mud flat trails.
  • Srividya from Mapbox Data Team reported a notable data offset of 15-20 meters with respect to GPS Traces in Taiwan. Mapbox has therefore provided new satellite images for the larger cities.

Community

  • Joe Morris is a cyclist and interested in public drinking water spots and created a map for that. To increase the data he’d like to create a dedicated site to map such locations and therefore asks for feedback.
  • Søren Johannessen notes that OpenStreetMap reached 200 million buildings in its data base.

Imports

  • Gianmario Mengozzi proposes on the import mailing list a boundary Import in the northern Italian region of Emilia-Romagna from a CC-0-licensed source.

Maps

  • The application Gnome Maps slowly starts to get usable. After the end of MapQuest Open they started to use Mapbox tiles, they now have aerial imagery, a very basic search function and a routing based on Graphhopper.
  • GeoHipster will again be publishing a calendar in 2017. For that they have asked to send in the maps that might be included in the official calendar.
  • Hans Hack created a poster of the 104 islands in the German capital Berlin.
  • The OSM Carto developers plan to switch to Noto, a new font. They ask for feedback from readers of Asian countries.
  • [1] Thej from India analyzes in his blog, the consideration of Indian languages in OpenStreetMap (Mapnik). Arun Ganesh points among others to the multilingual map by Jochen Topf and his own experiments.

switch2OSM

  • It is evident, that Pokémon Go uses OSM data.

Software

  • The OsmAnd maps of September 1st initially ignored turn restrictions. This issue has been fixed, newer maps contain turn restrictions.

Programming

  • Ircama did publish tutorials on how to setup your environment if you want to participate in OSM Carto development.
  • Andy Allan asks for help to refactor the original ruby on rails code of the OSM-API.
  • Paul Norman would like to register MIME types for our OSM file formats.
  • Geofabrik now provides separate extracts of every country in Africa on their download server.

Releases

Software Version Release date Comment
Nominatim 2.5.1 2016-08-02 Bug fix release with minor fixes
SQLite 3.14.2 2016-09-12 Six fixes
Osmose Backend v1.0-2016-09-13 2016-09-13 No info
QMapShack Lin/Mac/Win 1.7.1 2016-09-14 No infos
libosmium 2.9.0 2016-09-15 see below
Osmium Tool 1.4.0 2016-09-15 Eight extensions, six changes and 2 fixes
Overpass-Turbo 2016-09-15 2016-09-15 Fixed GPX output format, support portuguese, some other fixes
PyOsmium 2.9.0 2016-09-15 Adjustments to actual libosmium
Magic Earth * 7.1.16.37 2016-09-16 Eliminates GPS problems, improved audio via Bluetooth, further changes and improvements
Komoot Android * var 2016-09-17 No info
Naviki Android * 3.48 2016-09-19 Layout revised
OsmAnd for Android * 2.4 2016-09-19 Improved user interface, refined POI search
OsmAnd+ for Android * var 2016-09-19 Improved user interface, refined POI search

Provided by the OSM Software Watchlist.

(*) unfree software. See freesoftware.

Jochen Topf announces the new features of libosmium 2.9.0 and Osmium-Tool 1.4.0 in his blog. The latter now also allows to change tags with sed and generates human readable diffs.

Did you know …

Other “geo” things

  • Both Forbes and TechCrunch Network report on the technical assistance, that has done inter alia OpenStreetMap Italy after the earthquake.
  • Paul Groves explains how 3D-Mapping could be used to enhance the accuracy of GNSS in cities. As a data source for the needed 3D models he suggests to use OpenStreetMap data.
  • Peter Richardson of Mapzen reported in his blog post as he generates 3D models with Heightmapper from Mapzen’s high-quality open-source terrain data.

Upcoming Events

Dónde Qué Fecha País
Brussels HOT Summit 2016 22/09/2016 belgium
Brussels HOT Summit Missing Maps Mapathon 22/09/2016 belgium
Brussels State of the Map 2016 23/09/2016-26/09/2016 belgium
Grenoble Rencontre groupe local 26/09/2016 france
Nottingham Nottingham 27/09/2016 united kingdom
Kyoto 京都オープンデータソン2016 vol.2(吉田神社) with 第1回諸国・浪漫マッピングパーティ 01/10/2016 japan
Trento Mapping Party Pieve Tesino 01/10/2016-02/10/2016 italy
Genova Mappalonga Mapathon 01/10/2016 italy
Metro Manila State of the Map Asia 2016 01/10/2016-02/10/2016 philippines
Taipei Taipei Meetup, Mozilla Community Space 03/10/2016 taiwan
Dresden Elbe-Labe-Meeting 08.10.2016-09.10.2016 germany
Lyon Rencontre mensuelle mappeurs 11/10/2016 france
Berlin Hack Weekend 15.10.2016-16.10.2016 germany
Tokyo 東京!街歩き!マッピングパーティ:第1回 哲学堂公園 15/10/2016 japan

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This weekly was produced by Hakuch, Nakaner, Peda, Rogehm, Softgrow, YoViajo, derFred, jinalfoflia, kreuzschnabel, mgehling, wambacher.

weeklyOSM 321

09/06/2016-09/12/2016

Logo “Where do cyclists cycle? An important question not just for city planners”, stated the German business journal “manager magazin“ 1 | here: London (Photo: Heat created by Strava cyclists. Map provided by Mapbox/Open Street Map)

About us

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Mapping

  • The Mapbox team now intends to focus on OSM data in French cities. In his English blog BharataHS summarizes his questions to understand French road rules.
  • User BushmanK explains on why he believes that the healthcare=midwife is a poorly designed tag.
  • Mountaineer’s Mailbox has been proposed as a new value for the man_made tag. The proposal was also discussed on the Tagging mailing list.
  • LeTopographeFou suggests an automated correction of typo errors in tag values. To begin with, he has started a voting on typos tunnel = building_passage in the wiki.
  • On the talk-GB, the British community discusses its upcoming quarterly project. Proposals range from opening hours on speed limits to food hygiene ratings. In preparation for these tasks, interesting analysis tools are used.
  • User mapmeld writes a dairy about transliterating place names around the world, with an open source crowdsourcing tool called CityNamer. This project uses OSM data and account details, but does not save edits yet.

Community

  • Gmane website has been off the air for a few weeks, Martin writes about reviving this web interface and get it working.
  • OSM Awards 2016 are the community awards. Have you voted for your favourites in the six categories? The voting ends on September 22nd. Frederik Ramm explained (Deutsch) (automatic translation) in the forum why you should vote. Nakaner presents his view point on the candidates in his user diary.
  • User PeWu from Poland presents OSM History Viewer – a tool to view the history of OSM nodes, ways and relations. In his post in the OpenStreetMap Forum he added some nice examples. (Example1, Example2). The source code and the examples are available on Github.
  • Mapper of the month, SomeoneElse, shares his OSM journey so far and his upcoming work.
  • The Saarländischer Rundfunk, a German TV channel, broadcasted an excellent video (start playing from 16:39 min) by Herbert Mangold on “Mapping with OSM”. This video talks about Mundraub, an OSM based map, how mapping efforts assist in fighting catastrophes like the Ebola crisis in Africa and the importance of local knowledge. Few members of the weeklyOSM team have also been featured in the video! (Deutsch)
  • There is a survey aimed at OSM users who edit in Argentina, in order to learn more about what they think about the project and also determine the possibility to organize task groups and contribute to the enrichment of the map.

Events

  • As a run up to the State of the Map conference at Brussels, there is a call for informal sessions including Birds of a Feather (BoFs). Take a look at some of the proposed sessions.
  • The upcoming week is slated to be eventful at Brussels with five big Geo-events lined up including a hackday and a mapathon! (It surely is Meptember!)
  • Selene Yang writes in her user diary writes about 25th September being the last date for submitting proposals for the State of the Map Latam which is going to be held from 25th to 27th November in Brazil.
  • At this year’s State of The Map conference, members from the various local communities can share their experience during the State of the Local Map and the Local Chapters Congress.

Humanitarian OSM

Maps

  • [1] The German business journal ‘Manager Magazin’ illustrates the cyclist routes of the ten major European cities.
  • During ongoing system upgrade, the OSMF Tileserver will be migrated on Mapnik 3. Tom Hughes writes about the same on the Talk-list.
  • Luke Smith writes about grough developing a composite map, which would be a combination obtained by blending OSM data with OS OpenData to fill in the gaps, and using public rights of way data directly from the local authorities which have released it.

switch2OSM

Open Data

  • The Array of Things (AoT) is an urban sensing project, a network of interactive, modular sensor boxes that will be installed around Chicago to collect real-time data on the city’s environment, infrastructure, and activity for research and public use.
  • East Africa’s commitment to Open Data is evident from its latest initiatives including the recently concluded East Africa Open Data Conference.

Licences

  • When Toursprung found out that a German TV station used their OSM based map, they billed them for it and donated the amount (200 €) to OSM. 😉

Programming

  • Mapzen has set up a Personal Package Archives or PPAs for Ubuntu for its routing engine Valhalla. This makes it possible to install Valhalla with a simple apt-get command.

Releases

Software Version Release date Comment
Komoot Android * var 2016-09-05 No info
Cruiser for Android * 1.4.11 2016-09-06 Routing enhancements, added hill shading
Cruiser for Desktop * 1.2.11 2016-09-06 No infos
Merkaartor 0.18.3 2016-09-06 Mac OS X, improved download, relation filter and many bug fixed.
Naviki Android * 3.47.1 2016-09-06 Fixed bug after pausing recording or navigation.
OpenStreetMap Carto Style 2.43.0 2016-09-06 Please read info.
Mapnik 3.0.12 2016-09-08 Many changes. Please read changelog.
BRouter 1.4.5 2016-09-10 Performance improvements, two bugs fixed.
Komoot iOS * 8.3.1 2016-09-10 Two bugs fixed.
Mapillary iOS * 4.4.12 2016-09-10 Updated Russian, disconnectable image stabilization
Traccar Server 3.7 2016-09-10 No Info
MapFactor Navigator Free * 2.2 2016-09-12 Many extensions and fixes, see release info.

Provided by the OSM Software Watchlist.

(*) unfree software. See freesoftware.

OSM in the media

  • An interesting article in the Melbourne Age, on how economics can make your dinner taste better! They did some analysis and matched review data about restaurants with geospatial data from OpenStreetMap and found that there is a strong negative link between restaurant quality – as defined by star ratings – and proximity to tourist attractions and street corners.

Other “geo” things

  • You do not want to be constantly tracked by Google and hence delete its mapping service on your phone. Would that suffice? Google makes it harder to evade it’s data collection.
  • Here is a video of generating a 3D city model in LOD1 by extrusion, with the software 3dfier developed by the 3D Geoinformation group at TU Delft and partially funded by Kadaster.
  • Japan is mapping its streets in 3D to support their autonomous taxis for the 2020 Olympic Games.
  • Mapbox opened a development office in Detroit.
  • Tanvi Misra published an article on CityLab with the headline “Gorgeous Maps of an Ugly War” about the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
  • Owen Powell, a GIS analyst and cartographer, explains his workflow in creating both beautiful and accurate digital 3D maps using Blender and GIS data in great detail.
  • German science magazine “Spektrum” discusses possible effects of the use of electronic navigation aids on our natural sense of direction.
  • User schleuss shares interesting aerial imagery captured during the LA Building import project. A batman landing rooftop, a hexagonal pool and a bunch of green cars are among the weird things seen from above Los Angeles.

Upcoming Events

Dónde Qué Fecha País
Zaragoza OpenStreetMap Spain Association at the Wikimedia-ES conference 16/09/2016 spain
Zaragoza Spanish 10th anniversary mapping party 17/09/2016 spain
Karnali Tikapur Mapping organized by Kathmandu Living Labs and Practical Action Nepal Tikapur 18/09/2016 nepal
Rennes Rencontres mensuelles 19/09/2016 france
Nottingham Nottingham 20/09/2016 united kingdom
Edinburgh Edinburgh 20/09/2016 united kingdom
Brussels HOT Summit 2016 22/09/2016 belgium
Brussels HOT Summit Missing Maps Mapathon 22/09/2016 belgium
Grenoble Rencontre groupe local 26/09/2016 france
Leoben Stammtisch Obersteiermark 29/09/2016 austria
Kyoto 京都オープンデータソン2016 vol.2(吉田神社) with 第1回諸国・浪漫マッピングパーティ 01/10/2016 japan
Metro Manila State of the Map Asia 2016 01/10/2016-02/10/2016 philippines
Taipei Taipei Meetup, Mozilla Community Space 03/10/2016 taiwan

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This weekly was produced by Hakuch, Nakaner, Rogehm, SeleneYang, SomeoneElse, SrrReal, derFred, escada, jinalfoflia, mgehling.