weeklyOSM 412

05/06/2018-11/06/2018

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OSM-RDC / Potentiel 3.0 are planning OpenCities project in Kinshasa to map areas at risk of floods and cholera 1 | © OSM RD Congo

Mapping

  • Bryan Housel, developer of iD, explained on the tagging mailing list why he will not support the transit:lanes tag on ways. It may be possible to support the mapping variant based on relations instead.
  • A post about the tagging of grass provoked a huge discussion on the tagging mailing list. The title of the post, ‘The endless debate about “landcover” as a top-level tag’ seems quite apt.
  • On the Talk-GB mailing list the project MapThePaths was announced. MapThePaths is intended to improve the completeness of legal rights of way and permissive paths in England and Wales in OSM by visualizing missing entries. At the moment it is a pure viewer, but the creator plans to add an edit function.
  • The aftermath of an anonymous edit to alter the names of subway stations that also connect to surface lines in Berlin provoked some discussion on the German forum (automatic translation) about how stations should be named. This led to a discussion about tagging in complex junction stations.

Community

Imports

  • The mapper johnparis announces a bulk edit on the import mailing list from bus stops in Paris. He would like to supplement certain characteristics (Zone, Stop-ID and Ref) of Île-de-France Mobilités, formerly STIF (Syndicat des Transports d’Île-de-France).

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • The OSMF board accepted a circular resolution to publish the preliminary version of the new OSMF Privacy Policy which has been worked out by the License Working Group.
  • The minutes of the State of the Map Working Group meeting of May 27th is online.

Events

  • Members of the HOT community can get a 60% discount USD 650 ticket price for HOT Summit 2018 which joins FOSS4G 2018 happening in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from August 27th to September 2nd.
  • The international State of the Map 2018 conference takes place in Milan, Italy from July 28th to the 30th. The community ticket costs EUR 120.

Humanitarian OSM

  • Pierre Béland published stats of the OSM-RDC response to the Ebola outbreak with more than 800 remote contributors and 1.4 million objects edited since May 8th. NGOs and local organizations have also added POIs to the map and organized a mapathon for the local actors to revise and complete the map.
  • On the HOT mailing list, Remígio Chilaule has presented a short video that shows the mapping activities in Mafala, Mozambique.
  • HOT US Inc. advertises a job for a paid part-time PR manager.
  • OpenStreetMap-RDC starts the #OpenCitiesKinshasa new mapping project and requests help from the global OSM Community to map dense neighbourhoods of Kinshasa prone to floods and cholera outbreak. This will support the local OSM contributors which are trained actually for field data collection and Drone missions. These actions are part of a partnership with the World Bank GFDRR, OSFAC and Potentiel3.0 to map vulnerable neighbourhoods of Kinshasa in the context of the “Open Cities Africa” project.
  • John Whelan reports on the HOT list about duplicate tasks created in the HOT Tasking Manager and creation of duplicate buildings. For some, mapathon organizers should assure training and validation of their participants and inform the coordinators of the humanitarian response of their actions. This OSM response to the Ebola outbreak is coordinated by OSM-RDC with the DRC Government, the UN Agencies and NGOs in the north of DRC.

switch2OSM

  • CPSolver presented his web page www.newsherenow.com on Reddit. It offers news particular to a neighbourhood.
  • Google Maps currently disallows access without an API key, as announced. This caused an inrush of requests on the OpenStreetMap Foundation Nominatim server.

Licences

  • 70 key figures of the Internet warn about the new EU Copyright Directive in an open letter (PDF), which will be voted by the EU Parliament’s Committee on Legal Affairs on June 20th. The policy forces Internet platforms to automatically check uploaded content for copyright infringements. Julia Reda, MP of the German Pirate Party, wrote in her blog that there is a narrow majority in favour of the directive and asks to call MPs on the phone.
  • More than 100 Members of the European Parliament fear that the Europe wide introduction of an ancillary copyright law based on the existing German model could lead to a “link tax” and reject it in a public statement. Spiegel Online, as one of the largest German news website, already has experience with the law. In a comment, it wrote “Rarely was a law so dysfunctional…”

Software

  • Simon Poole reports on the Talk mailing list that the upcoming version 11 of the Android editor Vespucci will allow the integration of GeoJSON as a layer. The beta of the version can be installed via Google Play and from GitHub.
  • Wikimedia announced its new geocoding extension for CiviCRM, that uses OSM as default geodata provider.
  • Cosmogony is a new open source tool designed for easy extraction of boundary data. A dashboard provides a plausibility check of the boundary data in OSM and a hierarchical exploration is possible directly from the map. The data download feature has not been implemented yet. Similar services are mentioned on GitHub.

Programming

  • OSM Buildings published their privacy policy and a few updates on how to use their services.

Did you know …

OSM in the media

  • Glyn Moody wrote on linuxjournal.com that OpenStreetMap should be “a priority for the open source community”. He addresses Serge Wroclawski’s articles from 2014 and 2018 and concludes that OSM “has the potential to provide ambitious coders with the scope to make their mark in a new field of interest to billions of users.” In his opinion, it is necessary to create more software tools (e.g. Waze) to counter the overpowering market companion. He suggests a collaboration with financially strong open source organisations, such as Mozilla Foundation and Canonical.

Other “geo” things

  • MachinePix tweeted a video by Dom Ricciobene, featuring a CNC machine sculpting a mountain landscape on a layered wood block.
  • For the friends of Riesling, there is now a historical map available. It belongs to a whole series of historical maps, which is operated by the “Database of Cultural Heritage in the Trier Region”. As the person in charge confirmed on Twitter, the wine map can be used as WMS for OSM.
  • Grough magazine reports that Nigel Clifford has not renewed his contract as CEO of the British Ordnance Survey. This increases speculation regarding the lack of an announcement from the Geospatial Commission in May.
  • Since the 1930s, some 35 local volunteers have measured the spread and retreat of Icelandic glaciers at 64 measuring points using measuring tapes. The Atlantic reports on the project and why satellite based remote sensing techniques like the NASA satellite Terra cannot completely replace it.
  • Heise reported (de) on two new JavaScript frameworks: MusicKit and MapKit JS from Apple. With MapKit JS, you can integrate interactive maps with overlays and controls, including routing services, on your own website. An API key is required for use. 250,000 instances with 25,000 service calls per day are free. A sample implementation has been published by Apple on GitHub.
  • Annette M. Kim warns about the potential inaccuracy of automatic feature detection from satellite images: informal settlements at the fringes of large cities may not be classified as urban areas, and would then be overlooked by city management. Only a combination of remote processing and ground checks can make sure that data available to city planners reflect reality.
  • Christoph Hormann writes about news on open satellite images in his blog. Topics include the increased image recording volume of the Sentinel satellites, which is achieved by an optical data link, the new report on data access to the Copernicus programme, to which the Sentinel satellites belong, and current developments in the US Landsat programme, which has been running since 1972.
  • There’s one spot in the world right now, where the sun is exactly overhead, and it’s this one. Unfortunately, we are not aware of the website that shows the place where the sun is at its nadir.

Upcoming Events

Where What When Country
Munich Münchner Stammtisch 2018-06-14 germany
San José Civic Hack Night & Map Night 2018-06-14 united states
Lüneburg Lüneburger Mappertreffen 2018-06-19 germany
Cologne Bonn Airport Bonner Stammtisch 2018-06-19 germany
Sheffield Pub Meetup 2018-06-19 united kingdom
Viersen OSM Stammtisch Viersen 2018-06-19 germany
Karlsruhe Stammtisch 2018-06-20 germany
Leoben Stammtisch Obersteiermark 2018-06-21 austria
Essen Mappertreffen 2018-06-22 germany
Kyoto 幕末京都マッピングパーティ#05:会津藩と京都守護職 2018-06-23 japan
Essen 4. OSM-Sommercamp und 10. FOSSGIS-Hackingevent im Linuxhotel 2018-06-22-2018-06-24 germany
Rome Incontro mensile 2018-06-25 italy
Bremen Bremer Mappertreffen 2018-06-25 germany
Lübeck Lübecker Mappertreffen 2018-06-28 germany
Dusseldorf Stammtisch 2018-06-29 germany
Stuttgart Stuttgarter Stammtisch 2018-07-04 germany
Bochum Mappertreffen 2018-07-05 germany
Urspring Stammtisch Ulmer Alb 2018-07-05 germany
Milan State of the Map 2018 (international conference) 2018-07-28-2018-07-30 italy
Dar es Salaam FOSS4G & HOT Summit 2018 2018-08-29-2018-08-31 tanzania
Buenos Aires State of the Map Latam 2018 2018-09-24-2018-09-25 argentina
Detroit State of the Map US 2018 2018-10-05-2018-10-07 united states
Bengaluru State of the Map Asia 2018 (effective date to confirm) 2018-11-17-2018-11-18 india

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This weeklyOSM was produced by Anne Ghisla, Nakaner, PierZen, Polyglot, SK53, Softgrow, Spanholz, Spec80, YoViajo, derFred, sev_osm.

weeklyOSM 411

29/05/2018-04/06/2018

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    Participants of SotM-FR 2018 in Bordeaux 1 | © Photo: Benoît Fournier | CC0 License

Mapping

  • Frederik Ramm tells the talk mailing list about a large redaction of names and administrative boundaries in North Korea following a request by the copyright owner, 38north. He also warns not to use Wikipedia or Wikidata as a source for restoring these names, as we don’t know whether their contributors obtained the data from a suitable source.
  • Robert Whittaker announced two new tools to improve OSM data in UK only: Ghosts and survey me!.

Community

  • Darafei Praliaskouski who sponsored the tile rendering server- vial, since 2016, seeks for someone interested in sponsoring this server, because he can no longer afford it.
  • Reddit user jongeheer asks the OSM community for input on an open world game pack addition for GTA, he’s creating based on OSM data. See the demo.
  • "More than 75,000 schools were imported into Peru", dannykath wrote in her OSM diary about the process of importing the schools in Peru and how it benefits the community.
  • Researchers from the GIScience Heidelberg group published a paper in the open source journal Open Geospatial Data, Software and Standards describing an IT infrastructure that can be used to collect and evaluate data about the OSM project.

    Besides classical data sources such as the Planet OSM, the OSM Wiki, etc., other more or less OSM-related data, such as OSM Stats and Natural Earth is also included. The result is various data sets that were published in a standard container format.

    Various visualizations of the acquired data are available:

    • Geographical visualization of changesets depending on time
    • Graphic of the most common English words in the tag descriptions in the OSM wiki
    • Animation of the development of OSM tags over time
    • Presentation of the correlation between first use of an OSM tag and first documentation of the tag in the OSM Wiki
    • Visualization of daily activity in OSM

    This data and the presentations are intended to provide a more comprehensive insight into the OSM world that has been possible in previous studies, which focused more closely on either social aspects or the evaluation of data.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • The minutes of the OSMF board meeting on May 24th have been published.

Events

  • [1] SotMFR 2018 in Bordeaux 01.-03.06.2018

    • Here is the program of the SotMFR 2018 which took place last weekend in Bordeaux.
    • The videos of the SotMFR 2018 are available.
    • Odette Aïda MENDY presents initiative of OSM contributors in Senegal to map transport / bus lines in Dakar.
    • Aimée SAMA presents the community OSM Togo : its birth, its activities and events and its projects. You can download the presentation. She announces also the end of the first day 01/06/18 of the SotMFR in Bordeaux with many contributions from French-speaking Africa.
    • Vincent Bergeot asks the speakers from Bordeaux to submit their presentations.
  • Stefan Keller tweets some preliminary results of his work on identifying "Areas of Interest" using OSM data, which he will report in the academic track at SotM-18.

Humanitarian OSM

  • Researcher of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health published a paper in the New England Journal of Medicine examining the number of victims of the Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico in September 2017. According to official, but controversial information, the hurricane killed 64 people.

    The researchers selected around 100 out of the 900 barrios in Puerto Rico, which are small administrative units with an average of less than 5000 inhabitants. For the sample of households, the authors randomly identified 35 buildings from the buildings on an OSM map in each of the approximately 100 barrios. The data for the selected buildings were downloaded from the Overpass API, the centroids were calculated and converted into Geospatial PDF files. The files along with an OSM base map were copied to the Samsung Tab A 7 tablets of the on-site interviewer.

    Based on the surveyed households’ data, researchers estimate that 62% or 4,645 more people died in the post-hurricane period than in the same period in the previous year. For the researchers, it is likely that the actual number is higher, as their values ​​are affected by the survivor bias.

  • Following the mapping of Hidroituango dam in Colombia, previously marked as high-risk for flooding, OSM Colombia asks experienced mappers to start validate the new data.

Maps

  • Netzwolf announces (de) (automatic translation) in the German OSM forum to disable the data updates for historic.place and is looking for someone to take over the data supply for the historic.place in his place.
  • Railway platforms with covered=yes are no longer rendered and the first group of mappers is starting to remove this tag. This could be seen as mapping for the renderer. The word covered can be understood in different ways, so it was not a good choice for a tag to begin with. Maybe we will understand it as: you stand under something, out of sun and rain. The wiki apparently describes it as: it’s under another object or underground and can’t be seen from the air.

switch2OSM

  • The team behind OpenMapTiles launched a map hosting called MapTiler Cloud with weekly updated OSM data, customize tool and hosting for own geodata. The free plan is available also for open-source and open-data community project websites.

Licences

  • The Italian city of Bologna has publicly released a TMS with aerial imagery of the city, for the first time by default with an addendum to the CC BY 4.0 which explicitly refers to OpenStreetMap (English version at the bottom).

Software

  • The French company Magellium annouces on talk-Fr the magOSM service to access thematic OpenStreetMap datasets as WMS/WFS services available for metropolitan France. A Web map is available here for download. Source code will be opened in the next weeks.
  • HeiGIT demonstrated how to use the OSM History Analytics platform ohsome for OSM Street Network Topology Analysis and Disaster Activation Monitoring ISCRAM paper.

Programming

  • Uber released a new geographic visualization toolbox under the MIT license. The software is meant to help Uber gain insights from the combination of map data with POIs and millions of GPS points. kepler.gl is a web application for large amounts of data. It is based on the visualization solution deck.gl, also from Uber. It is meant as an improvement over the tool chain QGIS, Carto and Mapbox Studio and it makes use of Javascript with React, D3.js, and Three.js for visualization.
  • Microsoft aquires GitHub for US$ 7.5 billion in stock.

Releases

  • Version 3.0 of OsmAnd is released. Some of the improvements include:

    • integration of travel guides from Wikivoyage.org
    • improved presentation of Wikipedia content
    • map markers import
    • improved rendering of GPX tracks

Did you know …

  • … that JOSM’s PT_Assistant plugin now comes with a new double split map mode, which makes it easy to add bridge, tunnel , traffic_calming=table and bus_bay? Everything that involves splitting a way at 2 nodes and assigning tags to the middle part. Polyglot describes this new functionality – added by Biswesh Mohapatra as part of his GSoC project – on the wiki.

OSM in the media

  • Following the Google Maps pricing policy change, « Le Monde » published an interview with Christian Quest (spokesman for the French OSM local chapter). Open alternatives like OSM are needed more than ever.
  • The Tagesspiegel shows (de) (automatic translation) where new cycle paths are planned in Berlin based on OSM.

Other “geo” things

  • Arstechnica reports that georeferencing of emergency rooms brings spam from personal injury lawyers to patients in the US.
  • Mapbox announced a partnership with Foursquare. It will add 105 million points of interest to their database.

Upcoming Events

    Where What When Country
    Tokyo 東京!街歩き!マッピングパーティ:第20回 江戸開城の地 芝 2018-06-09 japan
    Rennes Cartographie des bâtiments en 3D 2018-06-10 france
    Rennes Réunion mensuelle 2018-06-11 france
    Lyon Rencontre mensuelle pour tous 2018-06-12 france
    Nantes Réunion mensuelle 2018-06-12 france
    Munich Münchner Stammtisch 2018-06-14 germany
    San José Civic Hack Night & Map Night 2018-06-14 united states
    Lüneburg Lüneburger Mappertreffen 2018-06-19 germany
    Cologne Bonn Airport Bonner Stammtisch 2018-06-19 germany
    Sheffield Pub Meetup 2018-06-19 united kingdom
    Viersen OSM Stammtisch Viersen 2018-06-19 germany
    Karlsruhe Stammtisch 2018-06-20 germany
    Leoben Stammtisch Obersteiermark 2018-06-21 austria
    Essen Mappertreffen 2018-06-22 germany
    Kyoto 幕末京都マッピングパーティ#05:会津藩と京都守護職 2018-06-23 japan
    Essen 4. OSM-Sommercamp und 10. FOSSGIS-Hackingevent im Linuxhotel 2018-06-22-2018-06-24 germany
    Rome Incontro mensile 2018-06-25 italy
    Bremen Bremer Mappertreffen 2018-06-25 germany
    Lübeck Lübecker Mappertreffen 2018-06-28 germany
    Dusseldorf Stammtisch 2018-06-29 germany
    Milan State of the Map 2018 (international conference) 2018-07-28-2018-07-30 italy
    Dar es Salaam FOSS4G & HOT Summit 2018 2018-08-29-2018-08-31 tanzania
    Buenos Aires State of the Map Latam 2018 2018-09-24-2018-09-25 argentina
    Detroit State of the Map US 2018 2018-10-05-2018-10-07 united states
    Bengaluru State of the Map Asia 2018 (effective date to confirm) 2018-11-17-2018-11-18 india

    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 appropriate.

This weeklyOSM was produced by AIMEE SAMA, Nakaner, PierZen, Polyglot, SK53, Spanholz, Spec80, YoViajo, augustind, derFred, dieterdreist, jinalfoflia, sev_osm.