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03/07/2018-09/07/2018

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Mapping

  • Jeremiah Rose asks, on the tagging mailing list. if it is feasible to provide links to accessible restaurant menus. He suggests two possibilities for the tag syntax: url:menu=* or url:accessible_menu=*.
  • OpenStreetMap announced,via an official blog post, that Bing Streetside imagery is available in the online editor iD. Streetside is now the 3rd available street-level imagery in iD together with OpenStreetCam and Mapillary. The blog post says that Streetside will “probably become available” in other editors like JOSM. Please note before using this imagery that the licence from Bing has certain restrictions.
  • Martijn van Exel has released the 3rd version of MapRoulette. MapRoulette will give you a random task in OSM to work on. Since 2013 about 1.5 million tasks to improve OSM have been completed. Martijn is blogging about the new features of in a series of posts. His first post is concerned with the introduction of location, category and text based filters.
  • On the German OSM forum (in German), a user came across a trap street on another map. What should OSM show? Let the cat out the bag? An interesting discussion ensues.
  • If you like sauna you might be interested in the new proposal. It is trying to bring order into the current muddle.
  • A member of Amazon’s Logistics team has asked (de) in the German forum how they can address missing turn restrictions to OSM mappers. They fear that OSM notes could be left disregarded.

Community

  • On the talk mailing list, Frederik Ramm mentioned a scientific paper about imports into OSM and their effect on the local mappers’ communities. The answers mention the varied impact of imports around the world and in the history of OSM, and therefore exclude any universal recommendation for imports.
  • Pablo Sanxiao does a good job explaining (es) (automatic translation) that OpenStreetMap is not actually a map, but rather a database filled with geospatial data, continuously updated and improved by volunteer mappers and other actors, alike.
  • [1] Martijn van Exel also introduced his new tool Meet Your Mapper. It shows you the mappers and their number of contributions in any area based on a relation ID as a table. It also allows you to export the statistics.
  • Only 11% of the streets in Rosario (Argentina) are named after a woman.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • The OpenStreetMap web site and API will be read-only for around 30 minutes starting at 10:00 UTC on Sunday 15th July, whil the services are migrated to an alternate data centre. (Tweet)
  • The company Cesium, a US based company offering services around 3D maps and Geospatial data analysis, announced that it is now a corporate OSMF member.

Events

  • FOSS4G Tokail will be held Aug 24th and 25th at Aichi University.

Humanitarian OSM

  • HOT has held Community Knowledge Sharing Webinars between July 11th-16th to share experiences of 15 HOT communities about the topics gender, youth, advocacy, data integration and Leave No One Behind.

Maps

  • The uMap 1.0.0 release candidate was announced on the mailing list. Major changes are the merger of Leaflet.storage and django-storage, the move to Django 2.x, which does not support Python 2.x anymore, an improved permission panel, easier customisation, filtering and unicode markers.
  • A thread on searchandrescue subreddit brings to attention the combined pitfalls of OSM’s (but not only) incomplete data about hiking trails and renderer’s grouping choices. The discussion was started by the case of hikers who followed a challenging hiking trail on OSM, that was rendered exactly the same as an easy trail by the app they were using.

switch2OSM

  • As our colleagues from the OSM-US twitter team have noticed that the company ESRI has created a vector map with OpenStreetMap data to match OSM’s default carto style that can be viewed online.
  • Bing maps is now using building data from OSM in their proprietary maps. If you zoom in, you will see OSM based buildings and an OSM attribution. If available, Bing uses height information from OSM to render 2.5D building models.

Open Data

  • Opendata.ch, the local Swiss chapter of the Open Knowledge Foundation, has hosted their annual conference. As the Swiss newspaper Netzwoche wrote (de), the topics included challenges, open data politics and an outlook as usual but also a lessons learnt about a project that struggles to sustainably finance itself due to on-off interests in the project.
  • Mateusz Konieczny has written a new tutorial for learning how Overpass-Turbo is used. It is supposed to be useful also for people without any knowledge about OSM and without any programming skills.

Software

  • Daniel from Mapbox, writes a diary post about how to run the full RoboSat pipeline on your own imagery using drone imagery from the OpenAerialMap project, taking the area of Tanzania as an example.
  • Mateusz Konieczny describes how screenshots may be generated using a relatively simple Python script. Easy to update screenshots are likely to be useful in documentation like tutorials.

Programming

  • Michael Spreng has started to implement a better integration of the Overpass API in Umap and is looking for help with the front-end.
  • Peter Karich from the company GraphHopper, wrote a blog post about the visualisation of road network reachability with deck.gl. Although network reachability visualisation is nothing new, the blog post describes how you can create fancy visualisations of reachability yourself.

Did you know …

  • … the app OSMfocus? The open source app shows you the tag/values pairs of objects around you and makes it much easier to identify objects that need an update when passing them by. The source code was recently made available on GitHub and you can install the Android app from Google Play

Other “geo” things

  • Ian Webster created Ancient Earth globe, a 4D visualisation of the Earth in various moments of the distant past – going back to 700 millions years ago. Better not use this for mapping those coastlines.
  • Starting from iOS also third-party navigation apps can use Apples car integration Carplay. Sygic announced such a first integration, which uses OSM as one of many sources. Mapbox also offers an integration via their Software Development Kit.
  • You might not do so, but please do not write down names from door bell nameplates during mapping. Even your hand-written notes can be seen as a “file” as the European Court of Justice ruled against Jehova’s Witnesses. 😉
  • The Australian website spatialsource wrote an article about the MapXplorer’s new web-based un|earth:: app. The app allows you to browse through Landsat images and the changes over the last 32 years. The app supports simple image manipulation capabilities but is limited to Australia.

Upcoming Events

Where What When Country
Brussels OSMAnd route engine hacking 2018-07-16 belgium
Cologne Bonn Airport Bonner Stammtisch 2018-07-17 germany
Lüneburg Lüneburger Mappertreffen 2018-07-17 germany
Moscow Schemotechnika 17 2018-07-17 russia
Karlsruhe Stammtisch 2018-07-18 germany
Mumble Creek OpenStreetMap Foundation public board meeting 2018-07-19 everywhere
Essen Mappertreffen 2018-07-21 germany
Tokyo 東京!街歩き!マッピングパーティ:第21回 増上寺 2018-07-21 japan
Greater Manchester More Joy Diversion 2018-07-21 united kingdom
Nottingham Pub Meetup 2018-07-24 united kingdom
Dusseldorf Stammtisch 2018-07-25 germany
Lübeck Lübecker Mappertreffen 2018-07-26 germany
Milan State of the Map 2018 (international conference) 2018-07-28-2018-07-30 italy
Stuttgart Stuttgarter Stammtisch 2018-08-01 germany
Bochum Mappertreffen 2018-08-02 germany
Amagasaki みんなのサマーセミナー:地図、描いてますか?描きましょう! 2018-08-05 japan
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 2018-11-17-2018-11-18 india
Melbourne FOSS4G SotM Oceania 2018 2018-11-20-2018-11-23 australia

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26/06/2018-02/07/2018

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Map Kibera moved to map Mbooni, the second ward in Makueni County, Kenya 1 | © Photo: Zack Muindre

Mapping

  • With casinos as an example, Carlos Cámara started a discussion on the mailing list about the responsibility of OSM to render content on the map, that might be difficult from an ethical or social point of view.
  • Mateusz Konieczny proposes a mechanical edit to change FIXME=* to fixme=*. Both tags are in use, in a few cases on the same object with different values; however, the uppercase variant is less common and actually predates the lowercase one. The long discussion on Talk mailing list involves both the editing procedure and ways to prevent the uppercase variant to be used in the future.
  • Mateusz Konieczny asked the tagging mailing list about how to tag bakeries not selling bread or other bread-like products.
  • As you probably know Germans map a lot, but did you know that they delete a lot, too? A mapper complained (de) that (among other tags) his bicycle=no on highway=footway was deleted without any notice. A discussion of reasons for or against adding default values was started but ended without an agreement.
  • Map Kibera moved to map Mbooni, the second ward in Makueni County, Kenya. They produced a video that shows the challenges they had to face, and the involvement of local representatives and volunteers.

Community

  • The voting for the OSM Awards 2018 is now open.
  • The company Agisoft donated (de) a license of Photoscan Professional that can be used to rectify aerial images. In case you have aerial images that needs to be stitched and rectified, you can contact user dktue.
  • dieterdreist wrote a diary entry regarding OSM Wiki edits and how a mechanism to evaluate them might be needed.
  • Facebook is recruiting mapping experts, reports CNBC. Analysing and improving OSM seems to be one of the purposes according to the job offer.
  • Nathalie Sidibé published a blog post about her participation to the workshop that was held last month in Togo to “train the trainers” from West African OSM Communities with the support of the International Organization of Francophonie (OIF). An article about it was published in WeeklyOSM #410.
  • Nicolas Chavent publishes a Twitter moment about two weeks of OSM and free Geomatics training in Antananarivo (Madagascar) targeted to the local OSM community and stakeholders from the research, development and humanitarian fields. The courses were facilitated with the help of members of Magalasy community and an Ivorian mapper with the support of the International Organization of Francophonie (OIF).

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • Grab, a technology company in Singapore providing ride-hailing, ride sharing and logistics services, is now a Gold Corporate Member of the OSM Foundation.

Events

  • The FOSS4G Belgium 2018 call for papers is open for submission until September 4th.
  • Registration for SotM Japan 2018 in Tokyo is open (ja) and the program has been published (ja).

Humanitarian OSM

  • Satoshi IIDA asks for mappers and validators after the Osaka earthquake. This is the task.
  • Many mappers are surprised when they stumble onto the low-quality mapping in Africa or Asia. This often relates to HOT mapping activity. Jean-Marc Liotier has asked, “Why the HOT obsession with low-quality buildings in Africa?”. (picture one, picture two). Another mapper pointed out that buildings serve as a proxy for the local population. The question why low quality buildings or thousands of duplicate buildings dumped to OSM rather than counted somewhere else is still not answered. To address the known issues a duplicate building validator was recently added to HOTOSM fork of OSM Lint, a validator to identify geometry and metadata problems.
  • Using lessons learnt in health mapping in Dar es Salaam, a team from HOT Tanzania have been working on the latest Data Zetu project in Mbeya, which is in the southwest of Tanzania. The team have been training and working with the local community in mapping local administrative boundaries and collecting data about access to health services.
  • In HOTOSM News there is a writeup of new hardware demonstrated at the recent Amazon Web Services Public Sector Summit. This box is a fully offline, 100TB storage, field-deployable version of OpenAerialMap and Portable OpenStreetMap for offline mapping for disaster areas.

Maps

  • Wikimedia wikis can now include interactive and embeddable maps presented in the reader’s language. OSM data is used, but wikidata is not.

Open Data

  • Microsoft released 125 million building footprints in the United States to OSM. The resulting data and source code to detect buildings from the imagery is available on GitHub. See this thread for a wider discussion on the imports list.

Programming

  • User miurahr sent a pull request adding 360 degree panorama photo viewer mode to JOSM ‘s Mapillary plugin.
  • Hyperloop, a project that aims solving performance problems for web applications, made a publication available about how to avoid performance bugs in database-backed web applications and how to solve common issues. A minor suggestion was made with regards to OSM’s database design.

Releases

  • The stable JOSM version 13996 (milestone 18.06) has been released. Major enhancements are performance improvements while dragging the map by hiding labels and a new keyboard shortcut to switch layers. The new version closed issues from 42 tickets and came with a lot of other improvements.

Other “geo” things

  • Apple Maps is being rebuilt, reports TechCrunch.
  • BikeRadar reviewed the Garmin Edge 520 Plus cycling computer.
  • The Daimler subsidiary Moovel published a visualisation called Flights to Rome, showing the global road and flight network based on data from OSM and Flightradar24.
  • Engadget reported that Niantic is opening its AR platform (used by “Pokemon Go”, and soon to be used by “Harry Potter: Wizards Unite”) to third party developers.
  • Space News reports that Planet and Airbus Defence and Space’s geospatial division have agreed to co-develop imagery products that leverage both companies’ satellites. Planet operates more than 150 satellites, mainly Cubesats, with a resolution of 3 to 5 meters and five former RapidEye (5m) and 13 former SkySat satellites (90cm). Some of Planet’s images are provided under CC-BY-NC for non-commercial use (incompatible with OSM).
  • Tank & Rast, an operator of motorway service stations, and IONITY opened (de) the first so called High Power Charging station to decrease the charging time of cars with electric drives. According to ABB, the 350KW that the new stations are able to provide, would allow to charge 200 km of range in 8 minutes.

Upcoming Events

Where What When Country
Ise 世古をマッピング!:伊勢マッピングパーティ 2018-07-07 japan
Lyon Rencontre mensuelle pour tous 2018-07-10 france
Munich Münchner Stammtisch 2018-07-10 germany
Cologne Köln Stammtisch 2018-07-11 germany
Berlin 121. Berlin-Brandenburg Stammtisch 2018-07-12 germany
Sakai 厄払い!オープンデータソン in さかい 2018-07-14 japan
Cologne Bonn Airport Bonner Stammtisch 2018-07-17 germany
Lüneburg Lüneburger Mappertreffen 2018-07-17 germany
Moscow Schemotechnika 17 2018-07-17 russia
Karlsruhe Stammtisch 2018-07-18 germany
Mumble Creek OpenStreetMap Foundation public board meeting 2018-07-19
Essen Mappertreffen 2018-07-21 germany
Tokyo 東京!街歩き!マッピングパーティ:第21回 増上寺 2018-07-21 japan
Greater Manchester More Joy Diversion 2018-07-21 united kingdom
Nottingham Pub Meetup 2018-07-24 united kingdom
Dusseldorf Stammtisch 2018-07-25 germany
Lübeck Lübecker Mappertreffen 2018-07-26 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
Melbourne FOSS4G SotM Oceania 2018 2018-11-20-2018-11-23 australia

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