weeklyOSM 437

 

27/11/2018-03/12/2018

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Reference point for mobile devices 1 | © Kanton Zürich, Baudirektion, Amt für Raumentwicklung

About us

Mapping

  • PoliMappers, the YouthMappers’ chapter at Politecnico di Milano (Italy), is organising the second edition of PoliMappers Adventures. During the month of December, you can complete a daily quest related to the world of OpenStreetMap. Quests range from mapping, humanitarian help, and many other subjects. Follow them on Twitter for more updates.
  • CartoRoute (“MapRoad”) is a collaboration between Michelin and the OSM Ivory Coast association aiming to map the main road network across the country: road status, surface, speed limits, traffic signs, dining areas, hotels, and gas stations in the area surrounding the roads, etc. The pilot phase of the project has started in the commune of Plateau (Abidjan) where 11 local OSM contributors collected data during two days using OsmAnd, as related in this Twitter moment.
  • The tag cycleway:surface has already been used over 500 times but it was only now properly documented in the OSM Wiki. The tag allows specifying the surface of just the cycleway, for example for a cycleway on a road, where the surfaces differ.
  • The new Organised Editing Guidelines have been approved by the board during the previous OSMF board meeting on November 15th. The guidelines, which were drafted by the Data Working Group, aim to improve the documentation, transparency and the practices of organised mapping initiatives.
  • The lack of maintenance of the electoral boundaries in Germany led to the proposal (de) (automatic translation) to delete the data. The proposal received a lot of support but also some opposition.
  • The voting for mapping ‘tramtrack on highway’ failed. However, the originator Jukka Nikulainen is preparing a new proposal based on the feedback he received during the proposal process.

Community

  • Can Ünen (OSM unen), university lecturer in Istanbul, Turkey, is the new Mapper of the Month. As usual, OSM Belgium published a background interview with the winner.
  • South Korean mapper GPIOIPG made a survey as to whether OSM public transport station names should have the suffix -역(i.e. station). Usually, the official names are without the suffix. Apparently, the suffix is widely used by people and even some signs show the suffix, but ‘station’ isn’t attached after station names in other countries. In a blog post at his user diary, GPIOIPG writes about the result of his survey, that he has advertised at the forum and the mailing list, and provides some more background information.
  • Nakaner has loaded all the e-mails from all public mailing lists on lists.openstreetmap.org into a database. Two entries (1, 2) in his user blog contain the number of messages per year and per mailing list and the list of the most active authors.
  • SunCobalt notes that shortly before the current and the past election the number of OSMF members increases strongly and visualises this by a graphic. Honi soit, qui mal y pense.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • The official manifestos and candidates responses for this year’s OSMF board election have now been published. Christoph Hormann has written a summary and Paul Norman has written an evaluation guide. There are discussions in the Forum as well as on osmf-talk mailing list.
  • The Membership Working Group (MWG) reports about its recent activity. The MWG is currently busy with the new membership fee waiver program and has to deal with countries that have no suitable money transfer options for paying the membership fee. As with weeklyOSM, and other OSMF working groups, the MWG is looking for volunteers.
  • Mikel Maron, OSMF board member, announced the launch of Welcome Mat. The website Welcome Mat was started to help external organisations to understand OSM’s difficult structure, to explain how OSM works, and how and where to engage.

Events

  • FOSS4G Italy announced (automatic translation) a call for papers or workshops proposals for the third Italian FOSS4G 2019, which will be held in Padua from 20th to 24th February. Proposals are due by the 13th December.

Humanitarian OSM

  • OpenGovHub hosted a mapathon on December, 4th with the HOT Staff at the OpenGov Hub in Washington, DC.
  • HOT provides an update on their Microgrants 2018 program that was launched in April 2018. Eight communities received microgrants in order to improve OSM and help to minimise the impact of disasters.

Maps

  • OpenStreetBrowser now has a new category under “Leisure, Sport and Shopping”. According to skunk’s blog post, the new category “Swimming and Bathing” includes all kind of swimming and bathing facilities and saunas.

switch2OSM

Programming

  • Heidelberg University’s GIScience Research Group introduced API Playground, which allows you to explore OpenRouteService API services, parameters, and responses.
  • Matthias made a prototype of an external voice controller for JOSM. The tool speech2JOSM is available on GitHub.

Releases

  • A new stable version of JOSM has been released. Version 18.11 saves the height of each panel on the right when JOSM is closed, it comes with a dedicated button for Download as new layer, instead of a tick box and improves a lot of other features. The most notable change is probably the fix of the glitched GPS traces caused by the OSM website API change.

Did you know …

  • The MapOSMatic instance at osm-baustelle.de recently exceeded 40,000 rendered maps. The website further enhanced its functionality with user interface improvements and hyperlink support in multipage PDF outputs.
  • Stefan Keller, Computer Science Professor at the University of Applied Sciences of Rapperswil, has created a Fog Map. The map shows how to find your way to the sun on grey, foggy November days. The website Bluewin.ch provides (de) (automatic translation) some background information and tests if the map works. Unfortunately, the map only covers Switzerland.
  • …. the service kinderkiez.net? The service, that is available in English and German, lets you create a children’s play mat with a map based on OSM.
  • … the long list of links to places where you can find a suitable tag if you can’t find one in your editor’s presets?

Other “geo” things

  • In Switzerland, an old international boundary post has been relocated to the grounds of the Swiss National Museum in Zurich. It now provides the first reference point for mobile devices (automatic translation) via QR codes or a website (OSM-Link).
  • The iXpoint company won (de)(automatic translation) the Baden-Württemberg Challenge of the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) 2018 with its OSM based pedestrian routing.
  • Gaël Musquet, founder and former spokesman for OpenStreetMap France (French local chapter of the OSM Foundation), has been awarded (automatic translation) the French National Order of Merit, along with one of the VLC developers. He sees it as a recognition for the whole community and the leading French figures in open-source.
  • Medium.com explains how to get ADS-B position data from airplanes onto an OSM based map using Python and the Cartopy library.

Upcoming Events

Where What When Country
Alice PoliMappers Adventures 2018: One mapping quest each day 2018-12-01-2018-12-31 everywhere
Niamey OSM and GIS training camp at CNF 2018-12-03-2018-12-07 niger
Tångstad Foundation board elections voting opens 2018-12-08
Ouagadougou Mapathon Independance Day at La Ruche 2018-12-10 burkina faso
Rennes Réunion mensuelle 2018-12-10 france
Lyon Rencontre mensuelle pour tous 2018-12-11 france
Zurich Jubilee Stammtisch Zurich with Fondue 2018-12-11 switzerland
Salzburg Maptime Salzburg 2018-12-12 austria
Mannheim Mannheimer Mapathons – now in Ludwigshafen! 2018-12-12 germany
Helsinki Missing Maps Mapathon at Finnish Red Cross HQ – Dec 2018 2018-12-13 finland
Munich Münchner Stammtisch 2018-12-13 germany
Berlin 126. Berlin-Brandenburg Stammtisch 2018-12-14 germany
online via IRC Foundation Annual General Meeting 2018-12-15 everywhere
Cologne Bonn Airport Bonner Stammtisch 2018-12-18 germany
Lüneburg Lüneburger Mappertreffen 2018-12-18 germany
Nottingham Pub Meetup 2018-12-18 united kingdom
Reutti Stammtisch Ulmer Alb 2018-12-18 germany
Rennes Recensement des panneaux publicitaires 2018-12-23 france
Leipzig OpenStreetMap assembly 2018-12-27-2018-12-30 germany
Heidelberg State of the Map 2019 (international conference) 2019-09-21-2019-09-23 germany

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 PierZen, Polyglot, Rogehm, SK53, SunCobalt, TheSwavu, derFred, jinalfoflia.

weeklyOSM 436

20/11/2018-26/11/2018

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    3D model of the Heidelberg Castle, one of the most famous ruins in Germany 1 | © Landesamt für Denkmalpflege im Regierungspräsidium Stuttgart 2018

Mapping

  • John Whelan shares his view about the project Building Canada 2020 and how to proceed with mapping buildings. The release of government data and the expectation that Microsoft will release building footprints as they did for the US makes him conclude that the addition of metadata might be better than having inexperienced mappers tracing buildings using iD.
  • A proposal (de) (automatic translation) has emerged from the discussion in the German forum about rules for the use of relations with type=multipolygon. The intention of the proposal is, simply said, the avoidance of multipolygon relations if the geometry can be mapped with a single way representing the area, i.e. no inner areas and less than 2000 nodes for the area’s outer way. The topic is currently being discussed on the German forum (de) (automatic translation ) and German mailing list (de) (automatic translation) and is intended to be a guide to best practice for Germany initially.
  • The voting on the tagging proposal boundary=aboriginal_lands for the official territories of indigenous groups has started eight years after its drafting and is open until 8th December 2018. Alan McConchie created a GitHub issue for the OSM Carto map style as well and proposes a rendering with a brown outline colour.
  • Warin felt that the Wiki for antennas needed some rework to allow a better specification of the antenna type. As he is confused by the values of the key antenna:type in the German part of the wiki and he also does not favour that particular key, he is looking for alternative options.

Community

  • InfosReseaux wrote a post on his OSM diary about the mapping of infrastructure like power networks.
    The article describes how infrastructure knowledge is changing from proprietary to open knowledge with OSM and how infrastructure mapping makes OSM better.
  • If you have recently used Pascal Neis’ How Did You Contribute website, you may have noticed a new section called Recently utilized presets – Top 3. In a blog post Pascal explains that it is intended as a new quality indicator.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • The recent DWG decision on the Crimean peninsula has provoked many discussions:

    • a summary in Russian language in Zverik’s OSM-Blog (ru) (automatic translation)
    • A discussion in the Ukrainian OSM-Forum (partly English, partly Ukrainian) (automatic translation)
    • A discussion on the talk mailing list started by a post criticising the decision.
    • Several OSM diary entries by Ukrainian mappers objecting to the decision including this one and this one by Kilkenni (with many comments, including some objecting to the ad-hominem attacks it contains).
    • Over on reddit
    • Multiple people have suggested how to map disputed and claimed territories on the Talk and Tagging (1, 2) mailing lists. (proposal by johnparis, proposal by Rory). It was also discussed whether it made sense to store such claims in OSM at all.
    • Someone has sent a formal complaint to the OSMF board of directors.
  • The OSMF board informed the members that it has declined a request to reject the membership application requests related to a "mass sign-up of 100 new accounts on 15 Nov 2018 from India, most coming from one single IP address from a company ‘well known’ to OpenStreetMap". The new members are not eligible to vote this year. However, the decision was followed by a long discussion on the mailing list.
  • Joost Schouppe, candidate for this year’s OSMF board election, analysed the OSMF membership per country in total and relative to the numbers of contributors.
  • The minutes of the Data Working Group meetings of 10 July, 13 September and 15 November have been published in the foundation’s "working group minutes" area.

Humanitarian OSM

  • The Erasmus + European Youth Humanitarian OpenStreetMap (euYoutH_OSM) Students announced in a tweet that on November 23th, some ESJEA teachers began their training in OpenStreetMap in a session guided by teachers Nuno Azevedo and Elizabete Oliveira. Teachers worked with JOSM putting Terceira Island more and more on the map. euYoutH_OSM announced on November 26th, the Sports Technician course had the opportunity to receive training in JOSM. The graduates of this course have learned how to design buildings, properties and to label structures yet to be mapped.
  • HOT and Kathmandu Living Labs will cooperate with the mapping of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. KLL will map buildings remotely before information will be gathered on the ground to complete the assessment. The results will be used to validate the data sets for Nepal that show the exposure of a region to natural hazards.
  • Three data science students are asking for "validated regions" for a machine learning project. The plan is to download a dataset to train and test automated mapping models using the satellite images.

Education

  • The Data Wrangling part of Udacity’s Data Analyst course uses Openstreetmap as a project. Students are introduced to OSM and the data model and have to export, filter and analyze a large area from OSM.

Maps

  • Ingress agent Hinata Kino published (ja) a real-life locations map for the ingress anime. He mapped (ja) the place where the event happened with anime using a map based on OSM.
  • Wikipedia user Triglav wrote (ja) about a way to embed OSM on wikipedia pages. You can combine OSM relations with Wikidata and highlight it with Wikipedia.

Software

  • Cadcorp, a British provider of GIS services, to local authorities in particular, have updated their software and now it includes an OSM layer.
  • An alpha version of Atlasr, an open-source map browser, has been released. Atlasr consists of modules like a map data database, a map renderer, a tile server, a geocoder and routing. It aims to offer a smooth, fast, reliable, pretty, and open source alternative to GoogleMaps, based on open data,. The software is available on GitHub.

Programming

  • Matthias(OSM username !i!) experimented with speech recognition and connected it to JOSM – speech2josm. The prototype is written in Python. Matthias wants to find someone who can create this as a new JOSM plugin. He writes more in his blog post. (de) (automatic translation)

Releases

  • Version 4.17.0 of the OSM’S Carto stylesheet has been released. As Daniel Koć writes in his blog, the changes include an earlier rendering of natural areas, clean up of medium zoom rendering, as well as new rendering and new icons for several features.
  • Heidelberg University’s GIScience Research Group has published version 3.2 of its QGIS OSM Tools Plugin. It now includes access to the routing functions of openrouteservice.org.
  • QGIS 3.4 ‘Madeira’ has recently been released. This version is the first long term release for version 3. The new version includes a ton of new features in the very long changelog.

Did you know …

  • … the highly detailed map of Bexhill-on-Sea in England, created using OpenStreetMap? And now with a topical issue. Highly recommended for all organisations active in tourism.

OSM in the media

  • The Deccan Chronicle reports about an event, hosted at the Indian Institute of Management-Bangalore, where over 300 mappers from 12 countries discussed disaster mapping related topics like the importance of disaster mapping, the role languages play in tagging places, community building and many other.
  • The website The Better India is proposing its readers pick up a new hobby: OSM. The short article covers some basics about OSM, what OSM can do for the civil society and mentions the recent State of the Map in India.

Other “geo” things

  • The Open Data Institute (ODI) calls on the government to break the dominance of commercial online giants of the UK’s geospatial data by moving the business model of public bodies more towards open data and thinking about mandating access to the geospatial data of private companies. A broad, public debate should discuss the role of public and private organisations in the context of geospatial data.
  • Municipal Dreams tweets a photo of an old map of London’s main sewage system.
  • The German state Baden-Württemberg has released many 3D models of historic castles, palaces and monasteries under a proprietary license. The repository Sketchfab holds a directory for the, so far non-downloadable, 3D models. The only other disadvantage is that Neuschwanstein Castle is in Bavaria.
  • Paul Ramsey blogged about the response by an ESRI sales representative when Paul spoke to a local GIS user group about the risks of being tied to a single software vendor. (via @anonymaps)

Upcoming Events

    Where What When Country
    Alice PoliMappers Adventures 2018: One mapping quest each day 2018-12-01-2018-12-31 everywhere
    Toronto Mappy Hour 2018-12-03 canada
    Niamey OSM and GIS training camp at CNF 2018-12-03-2018-12-07 niger
    London London Missing Maps Mapathon 2018-12-04 united kingdom
    Viersen OSM Stammtisch Viersen 2018-12-04 germany
    Praha – Brno – Ostrava Kvartální pivo 2018-12-05 czech republic
    Stuttgart Stuttgarter Stammtisch 2018-12-05 germany
    Toulouse Rencontre mensuelle 2018-12-05 france
    Bochum Mappertreffen 2018-12-06 germany
    Dresden Stammtisch Dresden 2018-12-06 germany
    Nantes Réunion mensuelle 2018-12-06 france
    Tångstad Foundation board elections voting opens 2018-12-08
    Rennes Réunion mensuelle 2018-12-10 france
    Lyon Rencontre mensuelle pour tous 2018-12-11 france
    Zurich Jubilee Stammtisch Zurich with Fondue 2018-12-11 switzerland
    Salzburg Maptime Salzburg 2018-12-12 austria
    Helsinki Missing Maps Mapathon at Finnish Red Cross HQ – Dec 2018 2018-12-13 finland
    Munich Münchner Stammtisch 2018-12-13 germany
    Berlin 126. Berlin-Brandenburg Stammtisch 2018-12-14 germany
    online via IRC Foundation Annual General Meeting 2018-12-15 everywhere
    Cologne Bonn Airport Bonner Stammtisch 2018-12-18 germany
    Lüneburg Lüneburger Mappertreffen 2018-12-18 germany
    Nottingham Pub Meetup 2018-12-18 united kingdom
    Reutti Stammtisch Ulmer Alb 2018-12-18 germany
    Rennes Recensement des panneaux publicitaires 2018-12-23 france
    Heidelberg State of the Map 2019 (international conference) 2019-09-21-2019-09-23 germany

    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 Nakaner, NunoMASAzevedo, Polyglot, Rogehm, SK53, SomeoneElse, SunCobalt, TheSwavu, YoViajo, derFred, jinalfoflia, k_zoar, muramototomoya.