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  • Transifex is a tool that helps to localize the content and reach thousands of people. If you want to contribute in making learnOSM in your language, start translating using Transifex.

  • Jinal Foflia writes a post about getting started with OpenStreetMap, the importance of open data and why one should contribute to OpenStreetMap.

  • Voonosm asks in the forum how periodically occurring lakes could be mapped.

  • Volker Schmidt asks in the tagging mailing list about the best way to tag beef fattening stations.

  • Pavel Zbytovský would like to extend Simple Indoor Tagging, which he calls CoreIndoor. Sadly most of his extensions are based on wrong assumptions and misinterpretations about Simple Indoor Tagging, which documentation should be enhanced.

  • Joachim asks on the tagging mailing list for comments for an amenity = snow_removal_station where trucks can be freed from ice sheets.

  • Unlike more enlightened places, England and Wales have a system of regulated access across otherwise private land. On the talk-gb mailing list Dave F mentions that the local government’s record of these might not match an actual path on the ground. The discussion then continues about which of these may be considered "correct".

  • In the Swiss mailing list Hans Herzig asks about the tagging of gorges.


  • Wa Mbedmi writes a post introducing OpenStreetMap Senegal and showcasing the importance of OpenStreetMap and its impact on the lives of the citizens.

  • Hernán De Angelis published a laudation of OpenStreetMap on his blog, which he has experienced through his Garmin.

  • The Nicaraguan OSM community invites participants to a workshop they organise about urban cycling in Managua.

  • User RichRico writes about the to-fix plugin and how that plugin coupled with the Tiger data layer can be used to align the misaligned roads in the US.

  • Sajjad Anwar from Mapbox writes about using OSMcha and OSM-compare to validate and analyse changes happening in OpenStreetMap. He urges the community to join the effort to keep OpenStreetMap the best map out there.

  • Due to progress in Belgium, Joost Schouppe queries whether there are examples of other governments to incorporate OSM into their data management.


  • Mappers in West Midlands are going to import updated NAPTAN data (additional fields and improved coordinate accuracy). A discussion on Imports mailing list has not been started yet.


  • The call for logo designs for the SOTM Latam 2017 taking place in Lima, Peru, is out.

  • The exact date of the State of the Map US 2017 has not been announced yet, only that it will take place in Boulder, Colorado in October. But the date of the international State of the Map conference in Aizuwakamatsu, Japan is known—18 to 20 August 2017.

  • Stefan Keller invites to the 8th Micro Mapping Party in Rapperswil, Switzerland on March 10th.

Humanitarian OSM

  • HOT launches their new micro grants program to enable the development of local OSM communities, to have access to equipment and increase skills, capacity and experience.

  • HOT announced that OpenAerialMap is officially no longer in beta status.

  • The Guardian reported about the number of girls in Tanzania who manage to escape genital mutilation, thanks to collaborative crowd-mapping efforts of places they can flee to and how to get there.


  • Wheelmap, the map for wheelchair-accessible places based on OSM, added support for 27 additional POI types.

  • GeekWire reports on Access Map research project at the University of Washington, which, among other things, provides routing for pedestrians and wheelchair users, using a mix of different data sources. The project (its import, its procedure and its tagging scheme) met with some people in the OSM community on rejection.

Open Data

  • [1] Stuttgart’s Citizen Science self-measure the particulates in their city. The project is also available in other areas, as you can see it on this map.



  • Jochen Topf blogs about the new osmium-tool extract command that creates OSM data extracts faster than any other existing tool, while enabling several extracts on the same run.

  • Chris Loer reports how Mapbox improved label rendering using better line-breaking algorithms. This can be particularly tricky when displaying right-to-left languages.

  • The maximum size of changesets was restricted to 10,000 (down from 50,000). This should only affect editor developers.

  • Mariusz Rogowski complains on the dev mailing list about the quality of Nominatim and the project’s ability to attract new developers. Sarah and Frederik give detailed answers and, among other things, clarify why erroneous code is not included in the project.


Did you know …

  • "Trending Places in OSM" by Bhavya Chanra? The project analyzes the anonymous server logs, generates places that are most frequently visited and publishes them on Twitter.

Other “geo” things

  • ITECHPOST reports that the Philippine catastrophe management initiative "NOAH" ceased at the end of February. OpenStreetMap was very involved in this project last year, as this blog post shows.

  • The Guardian featured a small quiz by Alex Szabo-Haslam, in which one should identify cities by their waterways.

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  • Since last few days, an increased activity has been detected by newcomers who are targeting Pokémon Go – unfortunately, the term of "vandalism" is applicable to many of those changes. Michael explains (de) in his blog how to find Pokémon mappers and deal with them. Mic.com reported as well.

  • MikeN says in his blog that two more MapRoulette tasks for railway fans are to be done: Crossing Ways: Highway-Railway, US and Crossing Type: Highway-Railway, US. These tasks are well thought through, technically perfect compared to the tasks in Rivers going up the mountain and tasks in Ecuador which still have some technical issues.

  • Pascal Neis presents the new functions in "Find Suspicious OpenStreetMap Changesets" to group by contributor and see all changesets with sums.

  • Bing Maps has fresh imagery for Brazil. 8.5 million square kilometers covering its total area, including land and water.

  • The German forum discusses (de) (automatic translation) whether roads which show direction arrows yet no lane separation line should be tagged lanes=1.5.

  • Martijn van Exel asks your opinion about the OpenStreetCam plugin for JOSM. Suggestions and any other help is welcome.

  • Interesting OSM diary entry by user nammala, that shows some common errors and unexplained edits that happened this month in OpenStreetMap.


  • Eric Rodenbeck summarizes the past year for his company Stamen Design and presents all the accomplished projects.

  • Following the discussion about Bing Maps imagery updates, @katpatuka underlines the importance of filling in the gaps, for example, in Turkey.

  • Inspired by the "Belgium Welcome Tool" from user M1dgard, user sabas88 wrote a new "Italian Welcome Tool" from scratch. It is available on GitHub. Regarding different languages sabas88 told us: "Currently the language function is made only for the ‘snippets’. Each snippet is a reusable message template (or part of it) you can drag to make the message. Internationalization of the proper software is in my mind, but actually I still need to do it."

  • On January 25 and for the first time, more than 6000 mappers were active on OpenStreetMap in one day, as Pascal Neis reported on Twitter.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • Ilya Zverv published details and statistics on the last OSMF board election.

Humanitarian OSM

  • In early January, 60 students met in Bagamoyo, Tanzania, to learn how to map in OSM.

  • Rebecca Firth, HOT Community Partnerships Manager, participated at the UN World Data Forum in South Africa. The achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) takes place with the support of the HOT community. An example is the fight against malaria. The UN conference participants were very impressed by the work and the results achieved by the OSM map support.

  • Missing Maps thank their 20,000 volunteers for their efforts. We too take the opportunity to congratulate them.

  • The HOT Task Manager is currently very slow because another program regularly consumes a lot of resources on the same server.


  • A map about the Syrian war in 2017 uses tiles from the German style OSM tile server as a background, causing overload to the server. Maybe the German style, which is maintained by Sven Geggus, was preferred for its labeling countries and cities in both Latin and Arabic.

  • Mapzen reported in their blog about graphical changes that their maps (style) offer and also regarding API keys.

  • This split map by Martijn van Exel compares OSM mapping states of 2007 and today.

  • OpenRouteService introduces "E-bike and Level of Fitness" into its routing application.

  • Joshua Comeau has created a nice map that visualizes the activities of Unsplash. Unsplash is a photo community where you can get free high-resolution photos is under CC0. In an article Joshua explained the background to his map.

  • User aromatiker asks how to map whiskey distilleries. The Whiskymap is according to his opinion by far not yet complete.


  • Florian Lainez points out that the DuckDuckGo search engine has OpenStreetMap as an option for directions.

  • The SNCF, the French National Railway Company, uses OSM in their TGV. (via 0x010C)

  • Mapzen now supplies map data for all smart devices with the operating system Tizen.

  • Chile’s police uses OpenStreetMap to show crime and other data. (via OpenStreetMap Chile)

  • Pokémon Go named OSM in South Korea as a data source.


  • The University of Heidelberg experimented with deep learning methods to automatically detect populated areas in rural regions .


  • Mapbox writes about Project Atlas that turns blueprints into maps – ingesting thousands of drawings and work orders per project, converting them from building information modeling (BIM) and computer-aided design (CAD) formats to Mapbox vector tiles, and making them interactive with Mapbox GL JS.

  • Panier Avide reports in his user blog on the Pic4Carto.js JavaScript library, which places georeferenced images from various sources (Flickr, OpenStreetCam, Mapillary) on a map.

  • Mapbox has released its MapboxNavigation.swift as open source, which provides an SDK for routing applications for iOS.


Did you know …

  • Disaster Mapping and Management from the University of Heidelberg? Heidelberg supports humanitarian activities in disaster management through innovative technologies and services using OSM.

  • OSMstats by Pascal Neis? The site contains a lot of interesting statistics about OpenStreetMap.

  • this guide for mapping turn restrictions?

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