weeklyOSM 435

 

13/11/2018-19/11/2018

SotM Asia 2018 group photo

State of the Map Asia 2018 brought together the mapping enthusiasts from around 12 countries across the globe. It was two days of interesting sessions and workshops. Find more information on the website and event tweets on this hashtag: #SotMAsia18.

Mapping

  • Dave Swarthout wrote on the tagging mailing list that he just learnt about the power of multipolygon relations. He was applying his new knowledge by mapping bays in Alaska. However, he discovered the disadvantages of mapping very large structures, in his case the Cook Inlet that stretches over 290 km. He asked whether it would be easier to draw a simple shape rather than using a relation with dozens of member ways. However, the following lengthy discussion also brought a simple place node into play and focused on many other problems, mainly rendering. In the end the whole discussion did not result in solving the problem Dave brought up.
  • How to deal with multilingual names is a common question in OSM and there has been a lot of previous discussion about how best to deal with them. Here’s a discussion (de) (automatic translation) about bilingual “city limit” traffic signs in Austria from the Austrian mailing list last week.
  • Simon Poole estimates that half of all addresses in Switzerland have been mapped in OSM already.
  • According to a blog post from Anton Khorev the different floor numbering traditions from country to country make it difficult to understand values in level=. In his comprehensive post, he explains the issue and why it is not as easy to solve as it might appear.
  • The voting for office=diplomatic (formerly Consulate) is underway. It intends to distinguish between diplomatic, consular and other types of government-to-government liaison offices. The proposal was prepared by an expert in this area, an ambassador.
  • Jukka Nikulainen has brought his proposal for mapping tram tracks on highways to voting. Tram tracks are usually mapped on separate OSM ways, even when they are embedded in the highways. For cyclists this presents a danger, so it’s interesting to know where this is the case, so such streets can be avoided for bicycle routing.
  • François Lacombe is asking for comments on his proposal for additional attributes on pipeline and waterway valves.
  • Joseph Eisenberg is seeking advice on how to tag Neighborhood Gateway Signs as they exist in Indonesia and other parts of the globe like Portland and San Diego.

Community

  • Pascal Neis, since October 2018 Professor for Geo-Government at Mainz University of Applied Sciences, made the average number of OSM contributors per country of the twelve-month rolling period available for download as a csv file. According to his tweet, this is the data he is using for osmstats.neis-one.org.
  • The Czech OSM community informs us about the establishment of the organisation OpenStreetMap Česká republika z.s.. The organisation has 14 founding members and will apply to become a local OSMF chapter once fully operational. Tomáš Kašpárek, Marián Kyral and Jakub Těšínský were elected as members of the first board.
  • Jakob Miksch prepared an appealing description of OSM, covering the data model, tags, editing, visualisation and the licence, on his blog. Interesting for beginners!
  • From 5th till 9th of November OSM and GIS training sessions were held for International Humanitarian Organisations in Mali. They were organized at OCHA building by OpenStreetMap Mali community with the support from Francophony international volunteers in Mali.
  • OSM Diaries published a short YouTube video about Gregory Marler’s OSM editing history. In the video he compares editing OSM ten years ago with now.
  • OpenStreetMap Benin – with the support of its International Volunteer of La Francophonieorganised a 3-day workshop on OpenStreetMap digital mapping for young women from various socio-professional backgrounds. The training took place at the Francophone Digital Campus in Cotonou.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • Rob Nickerson asked the OSMF representation about the status of the Fee Waiver Program, which was decided in 2014 with target date for implementing it by the end of that same year.
  • Paul Normann officially announced the OSMF Fee Waiver Program on the OSMF mailing list on November 15th. The fee waiver program allows those to join who couldn’t previously due to a lack of reasonably priced money transfer options or for whom the cost is prohibitive compared to incomes in their part of the world.
  • The minutes of the Licence Working Group meeting of November 8 has been published. One of the topics was the Directive on dealing with DMCA copyright complaints.
  • The sponsorship for the server that is used to build JOSM and offers the download ends soon. The German local OSMF chapter FOSSGIS has received a request for funding (de) (automatic translation) for a new one. A new server is needed anyway as the old one has reached its limits.
  • Michael Collinson published the official set of questions to the candidates for the upcoming OSMF board elections. The seven candidates are asked to submit their answers and manifesto via email by 30 November. They will be published together.
  • Christoph Hormann describes his impressions of the OSMF board meeting on 15 November in a blog post that he titled The most surreal and memorable OSMF board meeting yet. He names the person he thinks is in charge of softening the Organised Editing Guidelines and criticises that a policy draft from an anonymous company remains locked away.
  • The Data Working Group of the OSM Foundation published its decision that the Crimean peninsula belongs to Russia – OSM border data-wise. The decision lays down rules for the (non-) use of addr:country=* as well as requirements for changeset comments in the region. This decision replaces the previous rules.

Events

  • SotM Asia happened this weekend! It was attended by around 280 participants from 12 countries around the globe for two days filled with enthusiasm, excitement, interesting sessions, panels, workshops related to using OpenStreetMap for conservation, mapping, data visualisation and everything maps. The organising team is thankful to one and all for making this event a success!The SotM Asia Twitter account gives you an idea of the presentations and talks held as well as many visual impressions. It is planned to upload the presentations on a dedicated YouTube channel, so stay tuned!
  • The FOSDEM 2019 in Brussels, a long standing free-software conference that attracts 6000+ developers, will take place on the 2nd and 3rd of February 2019. For a few years the conference has included a Geospatial devroom, which is now calling for talk proposals.
  • More than 110 people, invited by Doctors Without Borders, came (fr) (automatic translation) on Friday 16 November to the UPNA to map two crisis protected areas in Caracas and Niger by satellite imagery.

Humanitarian OSM

  • Melanie Eckle has published the minutes of the HOT board meeting of 8th November. It was the first board meeting that was open to the membership.
  • HOT is using open source tools to fight against malaria in Guatemala. In an article HOT explains how they partner with the Clinton Health Access Initiative and the Guatemala Ministry of Health. HOT added more than 1,600 buildings to OpenStreetMap in the area of Escuintla to help the coordination of indoor residual spraying.
  • On 28th November CartONG and the refugee community SINGA Grenoble invite (fr) (automatic translation) you to a special mapathon in La Coop. The mapping is done in pairs so that people with a migrant background or hardly any technical know-how can expand their knowledge together.

Maps

  • With the newest update, OpenStreetBrowser supports drawing patterns (e.g. arrow heads) on ways, which is now used on the cycle routes map and the public transport map.
    The cycle routes map gets the directions from the ways’ role (forward/backward), the public transport map from the connection to the previous/next way (as defined in PT Schema v2). read more. To prepare for the Christmas season, there’s a new “Christmas features” category.

switch2OSM

  • Gmaps, claiming to be the number one map module for ExpressionEngine, changed its name using the formula Gmaps – Google = Maps. Google’s fee increase and the cuts to its free services caused a shift by the developers towards open source and the support of a couple of map providers, including OSM.

Software

  • Richard Fairhurst wrote that his bike route-planning website cycle.travel now also covers Scandinavia and parts of Eastern Europe.
  • The surveyor app StreetComplete reached 1000 stars on GitHub.

Programming

  • The GIScience HD github repository already contains over 50 open source repositories and it’s still growing. Most are somehow related to OSM, from routing, processing, managing, analysing to visualising, etc. Who wants to participate? https://github.com/GIScience
  • If you’ve always wanted the upload of edits to be faster, now’s your chance to help. The upload of changes has been completely reimplemented and testers are wanted (de)(automatic translation) to test the code with iD, Potlatch or JOSM. mmd also published instructions on how to help with testing in English, so not speaking German is no longer an excuse 😉

Releases

  • Martijn van Exel upgraded MapRoulette to version 3.1.1 on maproulette.org. In his user blog Martijn explains the new features, which include the availability of Mapillary images on MapRoulette, rebuilding tasks and a public Leaderboard for each challenge
  • Wambacher has updated his comprehensive listing of OSM related software. Most recent updates include Naviki Android 3.1810.1, OpenStreetCam Android , Traccar Server 4.2 and Vespucci 11.2.0.
  • Potlatch 2 is still alive and actively maintained. Richard Fairhurst announced two small updates.

Did you know …

  • … the service Shareloc that allows you to create and share OpenLayers maps?
  • … the German city Schnöggersburg? The city, which is used as a training ground for armed forces, was featured by a news magazine (de) (automatic translation) in 2012. A mapper “rediscovered” the city which sparked a new discussion (de) (automatic translation) in the German forum about tagging and mapping of military installations.

Other “geo” things

  • Doug Rinckes launched a Plus code grid service on grid.plus.codes. The Plus code system, or the Open Location Code as it is officially called, was originally developed by Google. The system is seen as controversial in OSM and has caused heated discussions on GitHub, the mailing list and other places.
  • The New York Times published an article titled A Map of Every Building in America that provides different perspectives on the development of settlements in the USA and the arrangement of buildings in that context. The article discusses maps at different scales, from a nationwide figure-ground diagram to a map of the squiggly suburbs in Mesa, Arizona. A behind-the-scenes article in the New York Times covers the story of how the maps were drawn using the building footprints that Microsoft released this year (and are available for use in OSM as well).
  • The biking website road.cc has tested the bar-mounted GPS Hammerhead Karoo. In the article the author, Dave Atkinson, explains why the device is the best available GPS for its purpose, nevertheless he thinks there is still room for improvement.

Upcoming Events

Where What When Country
Melbourne FOSS4G SotM Oceania 2018 2018-11-20-2018-11-23 australia
Lübeck Lübecker Mappertreffen 2018-11-22 germany
Alajuela ES:State of the Map Costa Rica 2018-11-23-2018-11-25 costa rica
Manila 【MapaTime!】 2018-11-24 philippines
Dublin Monthly Mapping Party 2018-11-24 ireland
Ivrea Incontro mensile 2018-11-24 italy
Graz Stammtisch Graz 2018-11-26 austria
Bremen Bremer Mappertreffen 2018-11-26 germany
Arlon Espace public numérique d’Arlon – Formation Contribuer à OpenStreetMap 2018-11-27 belgium
Reutti Stammtisch Ulmer Alb 2018-11-27 germany
Düsseldorf Stammtisch 2018-11-28 germany
San José Civic Hack Night & Map Night[1] 2018-11-29 united states
Tångstad Foundation board elections discussion period opens 2018-11-30
Minamishimabara-shi 南島原マッピングパーティ #1 「世界文化遺産『原城』をマッピングしよう!」 2018-12-01 japan
Toronto Mappy Hour 2018-12-03 canada
London London Missing Maps Mapathon 2018-12-04 united kingdom
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
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
online via IRC Foundation Annual General Meeting 2018-12-15 everywhere
Heidelberg State of the Map 2019 (international conference) 2019-09-21-2019-09-23 germany

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weeklyOSM 434

 

06/11/2018-12/11/2018

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10 years of OSM in India 1 | Picture by Arun Ganesh (@planemad) under CC-BY-SA 3.0

Mapping

  • Gregory Marler made a Youtube tutorial showing how he is using his own 360 degree images from Mapillary for editing with JOSM.
  • It looks as if the mapping done by Grab (the Uber of South-East Asia) does cause major problems. Quote from Russ McD “…what we are seeing is another major organisation, allowing a bunch of amateurs loose on a training ground they call OSM. They are all being paid, while us volunteers, mop up the mess.” But read it for yourself.
  • We recently reported that Telenav has open-sourced the machine learning based street sign detection and the resulting training data that recognises nearly 100 sign types. Telenav makes use of it with its OpenStreetCam platform, a service very similar to Mapillary. The OpenStreetCam JOSM plugin visualises detections in the latest version. Martijn van Exel describes a Power Validator Workflow, that enables you to validate entire trips with many detected signs very quickly on the OpenStreetCam website.
  • The question as to whether Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire should be labeled as independent country or as part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands was discussed in the forum. The thread gives some insight into different levels of independence of territories belonging still more or less to a kingdom

Community

  • For the past two weeks, the French community has been working (automatic translation) on the completeness of coverage of police stations and gendarmerie brigades (regional police) in France. This project was launched following the recent availability of good quality open data of gendarmerie reception points and their opening hours. The particularity of this update was that each gendarmerie is referenced by a unique key facilitating subsequent updates (address, phone, opening_hours). This project will also clarify the amenity=police without names and identify municipal police. It also involved working on the documentation in the wiki. Collaboration is ongoing with the National Gendarmerie Digital Mission.
  • [1] Arun Ganesh tweeted a teaser for the upcoming SOTM Asia on November 17 – 18, 2018 in Bangalore, India with a series of beautiful visualisations of 10 years OSM in India.
  • The download service from Geofabrik has a lot of users and Frederik Ramm, who operates it, is always trying to minimise traffic by offering data extracts as large as required but also as small as possible. One of the largest extracts for which no subdivision exists, is California. The question how California could be divided extract-wise revealed that Californian’s sensitivities play the most important role.
  • User Nop announced (de) (automatic translation) an update of his Editor Statistic in the OSM Wiki.
  • Five years after typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, user seav recounts the OSM related help in his user diary. Read how the typhoon has transformed OSM and its community in the Philippines.
  • The OpenStreetMap Foundation of Colombia has implemented OSM tools in Spanish (especially for Latin America and Colombia), such as the Tasking Manager and Umap and developed other tools that are hosted in a high availability data centre in Germany. A fundraising campaign asks for your help to sustain this infrastructure for at least two more years.
  • The World Bank features an article about OSM and the rise of the local mapping communities. The blog post highlights the participatory mapping in Asia and Africa, something that a regular reader of WeeklyOSM may already be aware of, given the increasing number of such projects we have mentioned, as well as the fact that developers from Silicon Valley, African city planners and even humanitarian workers all work together around our OSM project.
  • tyr_asd used his OSM user diary to express his appreciation to the OSM community in Graz, Geofabrik and the Disastermappers Heidelberg.

Imports

  • Jeff Underwood, from Facebook, posted comprehensive documentation titled So how does Facebook’s AI Assisted Road Import Process work? about their machine learning based data generation for OSM in the user diaries. Facebook is currently uploading data for Thailand and partners with HOT in Indonesia.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • Tobias Knerr (OSM Tordanik) announced (de) that he will stand as a candidate for the upcoming OSMF board election.

Events

Humanitarian OSM

  • MapAction, a humanitarian mapping organisation, published a report about the help that three volunteers and two staff members have provided in Malawi after the severe flood in January 2015.
  • On 28 November, a Missing Maps Mapathon will take place (automatic translation) in Grenoble from 18:00 to 21:00.

Education

  • The Volksfreund from Trier reports (automatic translation) about the start of an EU funded Erasmus+ project where teachers from five countries met in Saarburg, Germany, for an extensive OSM training. In particular, the article highlights a live link to Severin Menard, who reports on his experiences in Africa. The whole project will run for two years with the aim of inspiring many pupils in the participating European countries to take part in “humanitarian mapping”.

Open Data

  • The UK Geospatial Commission will announce a GBP 1.5 million competition for crowdsourced data on 26th November. The amount is approximately the same as OSM’s total running costs for its entire 14 year existence.
  • The Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology (HeiGIT) has published the new openelevationservice on GitHub, a Flask application which extracts elevation from various datasets for Point or LineString 2D geometries and returns 3D geometries in various formats.
  • SmugMug, the new owners of Flickr, announced major changes to the Ts&Cs for free Flickr accounts. A maximum of 1000 photos will be retained for these accounts which may affect OSM contributors and bloggers who have used Flickr for photos and other images.

Software

  • OSMCha received important updates. Now OSMCha is compliant with the GDPR legislation and it has a new way to receive flagged OSM features. Wille published two blog posts about this new release.
  • Tessio Novack and colleagues at Heidelberg University published an open access paper about generating customized pleasant pedestrian routes based on OpenStreetMap data and Openrouteservice. They present and evaluate how factors such as greenness, sociability, and quietness are extracted from OSM and used to adapt routes.

Programming

  • A “GDAL Coordinate System Barn Raising” has raised $144,000 to enable improvements to coordinate system libraries needed for the GDAL, PROJ, libgeotiff, PostGIS, and Spatialite open source toolchain.
    The new libraries provide for higher accuracy transformations between coordinate systems that avoid transforming everything through WGS84 and eliminate the extra steps that this entails.
  • Andy Allan, a long time OSM contributor, blogged about Moderation, Authorisation and Background Task Improvements for OpenStreetMap. He gives a summary of the recent OSM codebase developments, including the help from the Ruby for Good team which contributed many improvements to OSM during their annual development event.
  • In his blog Christoph Hormann explains (automatic translation) how to deal with Mapnik’s broken support for SVG area patterns, i.e. the representation of areas such as forests and meadows. He developed a script that can easily change the format, PNG or SVG, to get the appropriate format, i.e. SVG for printing and PNG for online maps.
  • Neat: the new interactive Openrouteservice API documentation built on top of vue.js welcomes its new LeafletJS map component. Develop and test your requests made really easy:
    1. build your request graphically
    2. call the service
    3. visualize it on the map and finally…
    4. download it.
  • Christoph Hormann shares his German presentation with us on open map projects of the OSM community that he has used for his speech at the German Society of Cartography and Geomatics.

Releases

  • The German website mobilesicher.de reports (de) (automatic translation) that the OSM based navigation app Magic Earth has removed the ties to Google, Facebook and Twitter from the app and is not sharing user data any more.

Did you know …

  • Anonymaps points out a Mapbox tweet about Porsche, that is using OSM based navigation from Mapbox although it owns a small indirect stake in HERE. We would like to point out that the ownership percentage stated by Anonymaps is wrong.
  • … the curated list of OSM related software?
  • osmoscope by Jochen Topf to fix bugs in OSM? You tried and Osmoscope doesn’t give the data to JOSM? This is probably because your browser does not have a certificate for the JOSM address or you haven’t enabled remote control. Try to access https://127.0.0.1:8112/version in your browser, with JOSM running locally. A certificate error may occur, if so you can enter an exception for it and from there on you should be able to fix many errors in the OSM database. 😉

OSM in the media

Other “geo” things

  • A blog post from Heidelberg University’s GIScience group revisits Wheelmap and the usage of crowdsourced geographic information for improving accessibility.
  • Mapillary launches an open-source software development kit
  • In Germany there is the first cycle path (automatic translation) consisting of solar modules. The start-up company, Solmare, developed a 90m long test track with low voltage modules and installed this in Erftstadt/NRW. The company sees this development as a very successful future technology. The tagging of the cycle path was suggested with surface=solar_panel. There are further solar cycle paths e.g. in the Netherlands (automatic translation) (still without tagging…).

Upcoming Events

Where What When Country
Mumble Creek OpenStreetMap Foundation public board meeting 2018-11-15 everywhere
Mannheim Mannheimer Mapathons 2018-11-15 germany
Freiberg Stammtisch 2018-11-15 germany
Pamplona Mapatón Pamplona – Médicos sin Fronteras 2018-11-16 spain
Barcelona Mapes i Birres (Trobada trimestral usuaris d’OSM) 2018-11-16 spain
Como ItWikiCon 2018 2018-11-16-2018-11-18 italy
Como Mapping Party during ItWikiCon 2018 2018-11-17 italy
Brno State of the Map CZ 2018 2018-11-17 czech republic
Bengaluru State of the Map Asia 2018 2018-11-17-2018-11-18 india
Vantaa OSM GeoWeek 24h HOT Mapathon 2018-11-17-2018-11-18 finland
Wakayama オープンデータソン in 雑賀崎 2018-11-18 japan
Cologne Bonn Airport Bonner Stammtisch 2018-11-20 germany
Lüneburg Lüneburger Mappertreffen 2018-11-20 germany
Derby Pub Meetup 2018-11-20 united kingdom
Reading Reading Missing Maps Mapathon 2018-11-20 united kingdom
Melbourne FOSS4G SotM Oceania 2018 2018-11-20-2018-11-23 australia
Toulouse Rencontre mensuelle 2018-11-21 france
Karlsruhe Stammtisch 2018-11-21 germany
Lübeck Lübecker Mappertreffen 2018-11-22 germany
Alajuela ES:State of the Map Costa Rica 2018-11-23-2018-11-25 costa rica
Manila 【MapaTime!】 2018-11-24 philippines
Dublin Monthly Mapping Party 2018-11-24 ireland
Ivrea Incontro mensile 2018-11-24 italy
Graz Stammtisch Graz 2018-11-26 austria
Bremen Bremer Mappertreffen 2018-11-26 germany
Arlon Espace public numérique d’Arlon – Formation Contribuer à OpenStreetMap 2018-11-27 belgium
Reutti Stammtisch Ulmer Alb 2018-11-27 germany
Düsseldorf Stammtisch 2018-11-28 germany
San José Civic Hack Night & Map Night[1] 2018-11-28 united states
Toronto Mappy Hour 2018-12-03 canada
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
online via IRC Foundation Annual General Meeting 2018-12-15 everywhere
Heidelberg State of the Map 2019 (international conference) 2019-09-21-2019-09-23 germany

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This weeklyOSM was produced by Nakaner, Polyglot, Rogehm, SK53, SunCobalt, TheSwavu, YoViajo, derFred, geologist, jcoupey, keithonearth.