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Visualization of OSM activity over the past 10 years 1 | © Mapbox, © Lukas Martinelli, © OpenStreetMap Contributors

About us

  • When reporting on OpenStreetView last week we made a mistake. Thank you Jochen for pointing it out. (Deutsch)

Mapping

  • Voting on the proposed tag healthcare=midwife started on August 22nd and closes on September 5th.
  • More on the ‘MAPS.ME’ — a new application version is rolled out by them which includes an extra «name:<language>» key (also a Github isssue is filed on the same).
  • In a blog post, Seth Fitzsimmons explains the technical details of ‘Portable OSM’.
  • Joost Schouppe reported about ‘open’ road data in Flanders (Belgium) and how it can be used in OpenStreetMap.
  • Mapbox mapping employees have lately been looking at possibly «suspicious» change sets. User manoharuss asks in his blog about how long it is suggested to wait for an answer in the changeset discussions. His colleague nammala listed questionable changesets in his user’s blog on OpenStreetMap.
  • Christian Quest wrote a bash script that allows him to copy and georeference a Linux-mounted iPhone’s Mapillary images via exif data to use them directly in JOSM before uploading.

Community

  • Escada interviews Jorieke Vyncke from Belgium, as this month’s «Mapper of the Month».
  • «OpenStreetMap at the Crossroads» is the subject of Laura O’Gradys message on the Canadian OSM talk mailing list describing how communication stopped between her a «local craft mapper» and a «robot Mapper». Laura refers in her e-mail explicitly to the blog post OpenStreetMap at the Crossroads from Jonathan Crowe who qualifies and discusses the statements of Migurski.

Imports

  • This Minneapolis Maptime announcement caused a certain amount of amusement in some quarters (» … techniques bringing in large open source datasets to Open Street Map … No previous Open Street Map experience is necessary»). However Minneapolis did get 3 new local users last week, and a few more further afield.
  • The OSM versus TIGER Battle Grid has been resurrected, now with Stamen tiles in the background. The Battle Grid points out areas where recent USA Census TIGER data is different from OSM data. This usually means OSM data needs to be updated (but sometimes it means TIGER is worse than OSM). 🙂 If you have not tried it, go to http://184.73.220.107/battlegrid and solve a few squares.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • Following some issues with its current bank, OSMF is on the look out for an alternate bank which will provide the board more flexibility in terms of multiple currencies and international access. Frederik Ramm asks for advice.

Events

  • The State of the Map will host a social event for the participants of the conference on September 24th.
  • On Friday, 26 August 2016 an interesting Mapathon will take place in Colombia from 08:00 AM to 12:15 PM. Targets among others are highway=tertiary. This Mapathon is aimed at a group of Spanish speaking students which are part of YouthMappers, students from Universities in Colombia and the general Colombian OSM community. There are awards up for grabs (including field trips and tablets) in multiple categories.

Maps

  • [1] Lukas Martinelli published osm-activity, a global heat map of OpenStreetMap where one can see the number of changes made to OSM in each tile dating back to 2008. The sources are available on Github. Lukas Martinelli says: «When you click on a region a timeline is displayed and you can see imports and long-term trends.»
  • Opentopomap doesn’t update anymore? Stefan Erhardt is looking for help. (Deutsch) (automatic translation)
  • The New Cloud Atlas is a special map for telecommunications infrastructure presented by Tim Waters on the talk mailing list and in his blog.
  • Paul Norman asks how «handling the need to do both cartographic and technical review».

switch2OSM

  • ImmobilienScout24 a German property website shows data from Wheelmap showing wheelchair suitability of nearby POI. Data are provided by Sozialhelden and thus from OSM. However, the base map is still the one from a competing map provider.

Licences

  • Due to the confusion about Mapbox vector styles, Simon Poole asked Mapbox about 2 weeks ago to clarify their licences.

Software

  • Mapbox has now acquired Human, a company which developed an app focusing on activity tracking.
  • The latest version (6.3.2) of Maps.me offers several improvements, such as considering gradients in bicycle routing, and a clearer map layout.
  • The OsmAnd developers work on a new rendering engine with multi-threading.

Programming

  • Mapz provides two job vacancies for «people with a penchant for OpenStreetMap».
  • Frederik Ramm proposed in a pull request on GitHub to reduce the maximum size of change sets from 50,000 to 10,000 objects. He received only affirmative responses.
  • Want to install Overpass yourself? It’s really not that difficult 😉
  • If the indexes of your PostgreSQL database are too large, may be pgindexrebuild by Rory McCann can help.
  • Weather Decision Technologies released on Github a Java library for processing Mapbox vector tiles under the Apache License.

Releases

Software Version Release date Comment
OsmAnd for Android * 2.4 2016-08-08 New search interface and many fixes
Magic Earth * 7.1.16.33 2016-08-16 GPS problems solved, better performance, some bugs fixed
Mapbox GL JS v0.22.1 2016-08-18 Reduced library size, warning added, three bugs fixed
Mapillary Android * 2.39 2016-08-18 Some adjustments and fixes
Maps.me Android * var 2016-08-18 Changes in vehicle and bicycle navigation, better hotel search, new map data
Maps.me iOS * 6.3.2 2016-08-18 Changes in vehicle and bicycle navigation, better hotel search, new map data
OsmAnd+ for Android * var 2016-08-22 New search interface and many fixes

Provided by the OSM Software Watchlist.

(*) unfree software. See freesoftware.

Did you know …

  • … the correct number of braces for URLs in uMap popups?
  • … OSM Algeria published the OSM-development in the capital Algiers from 2008 until today?
  • … the WebGL Globe for visualizing spatial data? There is also a live demo.
  • … the users blocked from editing OSM are listed with details of duration and reason?

Other “geo” things

  • The Toronto Public Library exhibits visually stunning maps from the 15th through the 19th centuries.
  • The International Business Times explains once again, why Google Maps doesn’t display reliable geospatial information in Chinese territory.
  • Why Apple Maps was a disaster for Apple? Because the map in Cupertino was «pretty darn good», not the case for other locations. This incident led to a big change for the company.

Upcoming Events

Where What When Country
Bonn FOSS4G 2016 24.08.2016-26.08.2016 germany
Cantón Sarapiquí Evento de Mapeo Ciudadano en Puerto Viejo 25.08.2016 costa rica
Duitama Toma de trazas GPX transporte Público Duitama 25.08.2016 colombia
Bogotá Mapatón de Vías Terciarias 26.08.2016 colombia
São Paulo Workshop de introdução ao OpenStreetMap 26.08.2016 brazil
Bonn FOSS4G 2016 Code Sprint Part II 27.08.2016-28.08.2016 germany
Kanagawa 武蔵新城マッピングパーティー 新城テラス 27.08.2016 japan
Aiglun Opération libre 27.08.2016-28.08.2016 france
Urspring Stammtisch Ulmer Alb 30.08.2016 germany
Viersen OSM Stammtisch Viersen 30.08.2016 germany
Düsseldorf Stammtisch 31.08.2016 germany
Taipei Taipei Meetup, Mozilla Community Space 05.09.2016 taiwan
Rostock OSM Stammtisch Rostock 06.09.2016 germany

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08/09/2016-08/15/2016

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OpenStreetMap 12th Birthday — cakes in Nashua, USA; Bangalore, India and Essen, Germany 1 | © Nakaner, Alan Bragg, Jinal Foflia, Softgrow CC-BY-SA 3.0

Mapping

  • On talk-de, Nikhil Prabhakar from Mapbox outlines a proposal to map turn restrictions and exit & destination tags remotely. Some people reply to the thread; the rest of OSM reaches for the popcorn :)The plan is to start in Stuttgart (almost no Mapillary images), Wolfsburg and Berlin (the homes of Daimler, Porsche, VW, and allegedly someone else). Mapbox is also doing something similar in Canada.
  • Mapbox Peru team led a Mapillary event at Ayacucho, Huamanga during which over 8000 photos were captured while walking, biking and driving.
  • @Mapeadora reports on an artistic project based on the memory of missing persons in Michoacán: «El caminar y los mapas de la memoria» (automatic translation) based on various audiovisual techniques, where a map of the journeys made in the State of Michoacan used georeferenced taking pictures using #Mapillary.
  • There’s discussion on talk-gb about a mapper editing boundaries around the East Midlands of England (specifically «unparished areas», where there’s no local authority at admin level 10). There has also been considerable criticism of his «automated responses» to changeset discussion comments.
  • Martijn van Exel writes in his user blog about the newly restarted OpenStreetView (OSV) — now looked after by Telenav. Martijn points out that the OSV app can retrieve data from the bus systems of the car for better geo-referencing using the OBD2 interface. Unlike Mapillary, the front and back end are both free software. This issue is still open, however… we invite you to collaborate with pictures and code!
  • Pokemon Go works as a perfect excuse while collecting ref points for new #OpenStreetMap aerial imagery correction, Grant Slater says.

Community

  • User Alan Bragg writes about the celebrations at New Hampshire for OSM’s 12th birthday.
  • In an interview with OpenCage Data, Pekka Sarkola talks about the OSM community in Finland including their current work and challenges they face.
  • Last week, OpenStreetMap turned 12 with birthday celebrations across the world at Kigali, Dublin, Copenhagen, Moscow, New Hampshire, London, Bangalore, Essen, Teyateyaneng and Tunis.
  • Lambertus is the only person with full admin rights for the OSM forum and he is apparently not available. Therefore, there is discussion on the talk mailing list to consider setting up a new forum. Some of the concerns discussed were preserving the existing data.
  • Pascal Neis’s How did you contribute to OpenStreetMap? now has a heatmap Calendar too!

Imports

  • The Data Working Group (DWG) has reverted Facebook’s undiscussed import of poor quality autorecognized streets in Egypt. See also the discussion on one of the reverted changesets.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • The DWG (Data Working Group) is looking for English to Chinese translation help.
  • Sven Geggus thinks that because membership@osmfoundation.org uses Google’s email services and rejects emails from his server as «spam», it might be a reason to resign from OSMF . (Deutsch) (automatic translation)

Events

  • The BarCamp Takoradi 2016 will take place on 27th August 2016 in Takoradi, Ghana at a venue that is yet to be decided. The theme for this year is «Professionalism in entertainment and entrepreneurship».

Humanitarian OSM

  • Ramani Huria has worked with Garmin & Mapillary to conduct street view mapping of Dar es Salaam using Mapillary. This street view imagery can be used in numerous ways, including to take virtual walks & explore landmarks, map key points of interest, and survey solutions.

Maps

  • Markus Reuter from Netzpolitik.org introduces an OpenStreetMap project Surveillance under Surveillance. It is an interactive map of all the surveillance cameras mapped so far.
  • A free Mapbox GL basemap, OSM liberty from OpenStreetMap, with complete liberty to use and self host. It is a fork of OSM Bright based on free data sources with a mission for a clear good looking design for the everyday user.
  • Stamen launched a worldwide version of the OSM-based Terrain map. The repo is public and Stamen welcomes collaborators.
  • If a client that uses the tile servers used for OSM’s «standard» map style (i.e. tile.openstreetmap.org etc.), and doesn’t send an HTTP referrer, it will operate with reduced priority in the future, as Paul Norman announced on the dev mailing list. It is done to reduce the overloading of those servers. The overloading was caused inter alia, by FastPokeMap.
  • Lukas Martinelli asks what Antarctica really looks like? That’s why Martin Raifer points to an old article (by Christoph Hormann).

switch2OSM

Open Data

  • Christoph Hormann analyzed the record ALOS AW3D30 of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. ALOS AW3D30 is a global digital elevation model under a free license.
  • Michael Hörz from Goethe-Institut sums up (UK) the recent Open Data discussion in Germany. Worth mentioning here is the Mapnificent project on OSM base.
  • IBM announces it’s collaboration with Mapbox to bring geospatial analysis or “mapping” to business users by integrating it into Watson Analytics and thereby opening up a new level of analytics to all.

Licences

Software

Programming

  • Mapzen elaborates about its routing service Valhalla and how it provides country-specific access restrictions for pedestrians. For this, the library Mjolnir is used to create tiled routing data.
  • Geofabrik has revised its range of free shapefiles. In a transition phase, both versions are offered, but later only the new one will be. The free shapefiles have been enhanced to include cycling and walking routes.
  • Users Zabot who is working under the Google Summer of Code writes about how OSM2World now dominates reflections on building windows.

Releases

Software Version Release date Comment
OSRM Backend 5.3.2 2016-08-09 One bug fixed
Naviki Android 3.45.3 2016-08-11 Two errors fixed
SQLite 3.14.1 2016-08-11 Performance enhancement to the page-cache, fix of —rbu option
JOSM 10786 2016-08-12 Java 7 not supported any more, new function «Paste at source position», support geo: URLs
Mapbox GL JS v0.22.0 2016-08-12 Two breaking changes, seven new features & improvements, eight bugfixes
Mapillary Android 2.38 2016-08-12 Many extensions and some bug fixes
Mapillary iOS 4.4.9 2016-08-12 Three bugs fixed
OsmAnd+ for Android var 2016-08-12 New UI, enhanced POI search, improved POI and OSM editing
PostgreSQL 9.5.4 ff 2016-08-12 Update releases fixing a number of issues of 9.5.3
Maps.me Android var 2016-08-15 POI for Olympia, updated map data

Provided by the OSM Software Watchlist

Did you know …

  • Jochen Topf blogs about the latest changes made to the taginfo ‘projects’ feature, also encouraging users to add their projects to the page.

Other “geo” things

  • Astro Digital won first place in the NGA Maps Actually Hackathon this weekend. They analyzed thousands of satellite images to automatically detect missing buildings in OpenStreetMap (OSM).
  • The Washington Post explains that «Google Maps did not ‘delete’ Palestine — but it does impact how you see it.»
  • Adrian Lobe from the German daily newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung suggests, that the use of Google Maps «areas of interest» would not always show the truth and he suspects that Google manipulates and nudges its users imperceptibly. (Deutsch) (automatic translation)
  • Google encourages its users to add local knowledge of their surroundings, such as opening hours, noise levels, etc, to help provide better maps.

Upcoming Events

Dónde Qué Fecha País
Cochabamba OpenStreetMap: Nuevas Tecnologías e Investigación en Ciencias Sociales 19/08/2016 bolivia
Kyoto 京都国宝・浪漫マッピングパーティ:第2回 特別編 サントリー京都ビール工場、恵解山古墳、ねじりまんぽ 20/08/2016 japan
Derby Derby 23/08/2016 united kingdom
Bonn FOSS4G 2016 24/08/2016-26/08/2016 germany
Duitama Toma de trazas GPX transporte Público Duitama 25/08/2016 colombia
Bonn FOSS4G 2016 Code Sprint Part II 27/08/2016-28/08/2016 germany
Kanagawa 武蔵新城マッピングパーティー 新城テラス 27/08/2016 japan
Aiglun Opération libre 27/08/2016-28/08/2016 france

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 weekly was produced by Laura Barroso, Nakaner, Peda, Rogehm, SomeoneElse, SrrReal, derFred, jinalfoflia, mgehling, softgrow, seumas.