weeklyOSM 455

02/04/2019-08/04/2019

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View of the world’s hidden infrastructure mapped in the OpenStreetMap database 1 | © OpenInfraMap | © MapTiler | Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Mapping

  • In a series of tweets, Tyler Busby updates progress on using machine learning to identify rooftop solar panels in Austin, Texas. The data are used to maintain a MapRoulette challenge for adding the data to OSM.
  • Nuno Caldeira announced with a tweet the work done by OSM’s Portuguese Telegram working group. More than 4,000 buildings on the islands of Flores and Corvo, in the western group of the Azores archipelago, were mapped in 35 days.
  • Brian Prangle suggests improving the POI data quality in the United Kingdom as the project for the second quarter. First priority should be businesses that no longer exist or have changed their name. The project follows a successful first quarter where nearly 70,000 addresses were improved or confirmed with use of public Food Hygiene Rating Standard data.
  • Dan S proposes a UK-specific project to map solar electricity panels. He points to wiki pages for rooftop solar panels and large solar farms that have data that should help in completing the task.
  • JM82 is surprised (de) (automatic translation) that the coverage of mapped buildings in Austria seems to be decreasing.
  • Kleper from Colombia invites all active mappers to help complete the following task: 121. It is suggested to start with the area of Chocó, which is affected by constant migration of people from different regions and recently had to deal with a further increase of migration due to the crisis in Venezuela.
  • The intensive mapping of garage access roads in residential areas by employees of newspaper publishers is intensively discussed (de) (automatic translation) in the German forum. User boldtrn has found, in a sample, an error rate of 30 to 50 percent in the posts in his street.
  • LorenzoStucchi has drafted three proposals for the tag landcover. He suggests landcover=cultivated for areas which are cultivated by humans such as farmland or meadows, landcover=artificial for areas that are altered by construction, mining or other human activities and landcover=barren for areas without vegetation and with bare soil. The request for comments period started on 6 April 2019.
  • CapitaineMoustache has drafted a proposal for industrial=grain_storage_centre as a specification of landuse=industrial. The request for comments period is planned to start on 5 April 2019.
  • The British national mapping agency, the Ordnance Survey, tweeted a photo of surveying work starting on Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium which opened this month. Steve Chilton points out that OSM has had it mapped in detail for a while now.

Community

  • Colin Blackburn is intrigued by a “Clothing Optional” labelled beach in OSM on a route that he has vaguely planned to run. We hope he is not helping Mapillary during his runs.
  • In his diary, hvalentim wrote (automatic translation) some reflections on the mapping of national registered Portuguese-built heritage sites in OSM: some gaps were detected and many other suggestions made for the improvement and standardisation of tagging.

Imports

  • Jason Owen drafted a plan to import water well positions in Harare, Zimbabwe and announced it on the import mailing list.

Events

  • The Call for Proposals for the HOT Summit 2019, that will take place on 19-20 September 2019 directly before the State of the Map 2019 in Heidelberg, is now open.
  • Registration for SotM France, which will take place in Montpellier from 14 to 16 June 2019, is open! (fr) (automatic translation)

Humanitarian OSM

  • HOT brings transparency to staff salaries. While it does not publish individual salaries, it has made the formula/method open. The article, on HOT’s website, explains why they wanted to be more open about the salaries, the different forms of transparency and the difficulties they faced during the process to find a new model to increase equality. The article also details how the new model eliminates inequalities and the effect it had on the payroll after the implementation.
  • This year’s nomination phase for new members at HOT US Inc. has started and lasts until 16 April 2019. As Natalie Sidibe wrote on the mailing list, HOT is allowing self-nominations this year in order to increase the diversity of membership.
  • Gaurav Thapa, from Kathmandu Living Labs, describes the collection process for gathering geospatial data on the ground in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal as part of a project to increase the understanding of exposure to natural hazards and to help minimise risks resulting from these threats.
  • Jorieke Vyncke gave a huge Thank You from Doctors Without Borders to HOT for the work and support HOT has provided after Cyclone Idai.

Education

  • A collection of 200+ videos in English (and another 200 in German) about OpenStreetMap, FOSS4G, OSGeo, GIS, etc. is available on TIB AV-Portal.
  • Mapbox’s article “Your first steps with JOSM” helps you contribute to OpenStreetMap.

Maps

  • Russ Garrett made some enhancements to OpenInfraMap: different aspects of infrastructure are now shown as layers, and a heat map layer of solar photovoltaic generators has been added.

Programming

  • Heidelberg University’s GIScience Research Group released a preview of a new Openrouteservice client for the web and mobile devices.

Releases

Did you know …

  • … the tool comparemaps.drona.ro which allows you to compare OSM with Google Maps, Bing Maps and Nokia Maps?
  • …the App KartaGPS?
  • NotesReview, which you can use to search for OSM notes using search terms?
  • …the webpage Pic4Review? It allows mapping, using Mapillary images, and participating in various missions, such as adding accessibility for wheelchairs, adding ecopoints, or integrating missions over public toilets. You can also add your own quests!
  • … the concept of an “advanced stopping line” for cyclists? These allow bicycles to wait at traffic lights in front of other traffic. In OSM these can be tagged as cycleway=asl.

Other “geo” things

  • Even vultures can recognise the international border between Spain and Portugal. (Or rather, the difference in legislation between both countries regarding abandonment of cattle carcasses.)
  • Many economists claim that larger cities are more productive than smaller cities, usually known as the agglomeration effect. Tom Forth, of ODI Leeds, writes in CityMetrics that this does not apply to Birmingham because of poor public transport.
  • In a tweet, Simon Küstenmacher refers to a publication by the World Economic Forum. The publication explains five “maps that reveal the world’s remaining wildernesses.”
  • Mike Blackmore posted an animation on Twitter showing how almost all rivers in Europe have “developed” or straightened over the past centuries.William du Plooy posted a similar shocking comparison: The deforestation in Mozambique.

Upcoming Events

Where What When Country
Leoben Stammtisch Obersteiermark 2019-04-11 austria
Zurich OSM Stammtisch Zurich 2019-04-11 switzerland
Berlin 130. Berlin-Brandenburg Stammtisch 2019-04-12 germany
Salt Lake City University of Utah Campus Mapping Party 2019-04-13 united states
Biella Incontro mensile 2019-04-13 italia
Cologne Bonn Airport Bonner Stammtisch 2019-04-16 germany
Lüneburg Lüneburger Mappertreffen 2019-04-16 germany
Reutti Stammtisch Ulmer Alb 2019-04-16 germany
Toulouse Rencontre mensuelle 2019-04-17 france
Karlsruhe Stammtisch 2019-04-17 germany
Tokyo 史跡を訪ねてマッピングパーティ(蒲田、六郷) 2019-04-20 japan
Bremen Bremer Mappertreffen 2019-04-22 germany
Salt Lake City SLC Map Night 2019-04-23 united states
Nottingham Nottingham pub meetup 2019-04-23 england
Joué-lès-Tours Rencontre Mensuelle 2019-04-23 france
Barcelona #geomobBCN 2019-04-24 spain
Montpellier Réunion mensuelle 2019-04-24 france
Düsseldorf Stammtisch 2019-04-24 germany
Phone/Video Conferencing Mappy Hour US 2019-04-24 united states
Mumble Creek OpenStreetMap Foundation public board meeting 2019-04-24 everywhere
Lübeck Lübecker Mappertreffen 2019-04-25 germany
Greater Vancouver area Metrotown mappy Hour 2019-04-26 canada
Graz Grazer Linuxtage 2019 2019-04-26-2019-04-27 austria
Resistencia Taller de edición en FLISoL2019 2019-04-27 argentina
Rennes Recensement des parcs et jardins 2019-04-28 france
Montpellier State of the Map France 2019 2019-06-14-2019-06-16 france
Angra do Heroísmo Erasmus+ EuYoutH_OSM Meeting 2019-06-24-2019-06-29 portugal
Minneapolis State of the Map US 2019 2019-09-06-2019-09-08 united states
Edinburgh FOSS4GUK 2019 2019-09-18-2019-09-21 united kingdom
Heidelberg Erasmus+ EuYoutH_OSM Meeting 2019-09-18-2019-09-23 germany
Heidelberg HOT Summit 2019 2019-09-19-2019-09-20 germany
Heidelberg State of the Map 2019 (international conference) 2019-09-21-2019-09-23 germany
Grand-Bassam State of the Map Africa 2019 2019-11-22-2019-11-24 ivory coast

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This weeklyOSM was produced by Nakaner, NunoMASAzevedo, Polyglot, Rogehm, SK53, SunCobalt, TheSwavu, YoViajo, derFred, jinalfoflia.

weeklyOSM 454

26/03/2019-01/04/2019

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The Magic Roundabout – in OSM with some “mapping for the renderer” 1 | © Alby (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Mapping

  • User yumean1119 announced that voting has started for the improved proposal (automatic translation) on the use of highway=cycleway in Japan. The vote ends 14 April.
  • Silent Spike proposed leisure=inflatable_park for playgrounds with inflatable equipment and asks for comments on his proposal.
  • If you’ve ever wanted to add a tag to show that a railway track is not used regularly for scheduled services, including trams and subways, you might be interested in SelfishSeahorse’s proposal. The Request for Comments period has just started and feedback is much appreciated.
  • Warin proposes a new way to mark areas of steps such as the Spanish Steps in Rome. His proposal is now up for discussion.
  • The vote on the proposal that was drafted for better differentiation of various kinds of police facilities has been postponed to allow more discussion on the topic.

Community

  • A number of people have expressed concern about the way the development of iD is organised and specifically how iD is influencing tagging in OSM. This time Frederik Ramm, board member of both OSMF and the German chapter of OSM, raised (de) his concerns and asked for feedback. (automatic translation)
  • An issue on GitHub about tagging track type in the iD editor became contentious. @matkoniecz suggested that iD deliberately pushes “probably not safe for most cars” as a definition for highway=track, and Bryan Housel, iD maintainer, responded “I basically just disregard everything on the tagging mailing list and the OSM wiki”. This was used as an example in the discussion referred to in the previous item…
  • The application period for this year’s Google Summer of Code is now open and, as in previous years, OSM has been been accepted as a mentoring organisation. You, as a student, have the chance of getting paid while working on open source software projects such as OSM.
  • Former OSMF board member Ilya Zverev pens a critique (automatic translation) of OSM’s “do-ocracy”.
  • OpenStreetMap Belgium published an article titled Heritage in Flanders and Crowd-Sourced Projects. They explain how to add information about heritage sites in OSM and Wikimedia projects such as Wikipedia, Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons. The article doesn’t just focus on gathering and adding information but also on how to get and use information on historical places.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

Events

  • The Albanian Open Source Conference OSCAL 2019, which will take place on 18 and 19 May 2019 in Tirana, Albania, is looking for speakers.
  • For mappers who like to plan well in advance: The FOSSGIS 2020, a geospatial conference in Germany that covers many open source, open data and OSM topics, will be held on 11 to 14 March 2020 in Freiburg in Breisgau, Germany. The article also features (de) highlights of the recent conference. (automatic translation)

Humanitarian OSM

  • Following requests received by HOT from several humanitarian partners they are providing support to assist on the ground teams already providing humanitarian aid in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe after Cyclone Idai. HOT is specifically looking for people with experience as Data specialist or Partner liaison. Apparently, HOT also allows applications from people requiring reimbursement for their activity.
  • After Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique and Zimbabwe, HOT is looking for help to support the local emergency response such as Doctors Without Borders. The article lays out different ways you can support the efforts.
  • The openrouteservice instance for disaster management, operated by the Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology, is supporting HOT’s activation following Cyclone Idai by updating the data for routing almost hourly.

Maps

  • The MapOSMaptic instance at osm-baustelle.de has implemented a hillshading overlay.
  • Andrew Harvey announced the re-launch of a modernised version of BeyondTracks. BeyondTracks started life in 2012 with the aim of helping people find enjoyable walks around Sydney, Australia. The scope of the site has expanded to cover all of Australia and people who would like to suggest a walk are encouraged to contact BeyondTracks.

switch2OSM

  • A Spanish version of the NewsHereNow website/webapp is now available.Simply click on the “Use my GPS location” button to find the physically nearest, non-chain (“local”) restaurants. If your favourite restaurant is missing, please make sure it (including its website URL) is on OpenStreetMap. There is also a direct link to OpenStreetMap centred at your nearest intersection.

Open Data

  • EldoHub and OpenStreetMap Kenya received funding from Mapbox and the UK government to take part in the 2019 Open Data Day, on 2 March 2019. The Open Knowledge Foundation blogged about the events in Kenya. These took place in EldoHub, a technology innovation hub in Uasin Gishu County; and in Nairobi, where an open mapping track was held to discuss topics such as open spatial data and crowdsourced mapping.
  • ČÚZK, the Czech national survey agency, just published some of their data for commercial and non-commercial use as open data. We are getting another great source for OpenStreetMap in the Czech Republic.
  • The map at electricitymap.org visualises CO₂ emissions and other details about countries’ mix of the production and consumption of energy. The map is currently in German only. However, the project is open source and the developers are asking for help with translation.

Software

  • Nick Whitelegg announced the release of Hikar 0.2.0, an augmented reality app for walkers and hikers. The app is available for Android and the code is open source. The app, which helps the user with footpaths and signposts on the camera feed, now covers the whole of Europe.
  • User clementroux writes (fr) (automatic translation) in his blog about his app Next2Me, which finds and displays facilities with the key amenity=* in an adjustable radius around the current location – of course based on OSM.

Releases

  • JOSM has been updated to version 14945. The validator received various improvements and the Add Tag dialog shows now last used tags not only last added tags.
  • Version 0.12 of the GraphHopper Routing Engine has been released. Turn restrictions and turn costs are now supported in the speed mode, the Isochrone module was made compatible with public transit and the average speed calculation was improved.
  • User Wambacher is constantly updating his OSM Software Watchlist, which includes almost all OSM-related software along with the date of their latest release. Most recently Basecamp, Mapillary, Vespucci and many others received an update. Wambacher is highlighting one new addition: OSHDB, a high-performance data analysis platform for OSM’s full-history data.

Did you know …

  • … how to tag a bus bay where buses can stop without blocking traffic? The tag bus_bay can be added to the node of the stopping position of the bus – or it can be added to the road, representing the full length of the bay. JOSM’s PT_Assistant plugin provides support for adding them conveniently on ways with its double split map mode.
  • [1] … the “Magic Roundabout“? On OSM it looks like this.

OSM in the media

  • Le Monde describes (automatic translation) how local mappers in various African cities are using the JungleBus app to map local bus routes.
  • eepublishers in South Africa understand more about the threat to OpenStreetMap posed by the EU Copyright Directive than members of the European Parliament. Or should the EU MPs be interest-driven?

Other “geo” things

  • The deployment of “Strava Scramblers” to reduce conflicts at popular spots made local riders angry.(This April fool’s day article caught many readers off guard).
  • The AGILE conference in Limassol, Cyprus (17 to 20 June 2019), which is about Geospatial Technologies for Local and Regional Development, will organise a workshop called “GEOgraphical and CULTural aspects of Geo-information: Issues and Solutions” and invites you to submit a short OSM paper.

Upcoming Events

Where What When Country
Kawagoe 川越お花見マッピングパーティ2019 2019-04-06 japan
La Riche La Riche (37)#Ateliers d’initiation à OpenStreetMap 2019-04-06 france
Kyoto お花見!オープンデータソン in 京都 2019-04-07 japan
Rennes Réunion mensuelle 2019-04-08 france
Bordeaux Réunion mensuelle 2019-04-08 france
Essen Mappertreffen 2019-04-08 germany
Taipei OSM x Wikidata #3 2019-04-08 taiwan
Toronto Toronto Mappy Hour 2019-04-08 canada
Lyon Rencontre mensuelle pour tous 2019-04-09 france
Munich Münchner Stammtisch 2019-04-09 germany
Salt Lake City SLC Mappy Hour 2019-04-09 united states
Viersen OSM Stammtisch Viersen 2019-04-09 germany
Cologne Stammtisch Köln 2019-04-10 germany
Buenos Aires Taller Introducción a JOSM en FOSS4G-AR 2019 2019-04-10 argentina
Leoben Stammtisch Obersteiermark 2019-04-11 austria
Zurich OSM Stammtisch Zurich 2019-04-11 switzerland
Berlin 130. Berlin-Brandenburg Stammtisch 2019-04-12 germany
Salt Lake City University of Utah Campus Mapping Party 2019-04-13 united states
Biella Incontro mensile 2019-04-13 italia
Cologne Bonn Airport Bonner Stammtisch 2019-04-16 germany
Lüneburg Lüneburger Mappertreffen 2019-04-16 germany
Reutti Stammtisch Ulmer Alb 2019-04-16 germany
Toulouse Rencontre mensuelle 2019-04-17 france
Karlsruhe Stammtisch 2019-04-17 germany
Bremen Bremer Mappertreffen 2019-04-22 germany
Salt Lake City SLC Map Night 2019-04-23 united states
Nottingham Nottingham pub meetup 2019-04-23 england
Joué-lès-Tours Rencontre Mensuelle 2019-04-23 france
Barcelona #geomobBCN 2019-04-24 spain
Montpellier Réunion mensuelle 2019-04-24 france
Düsseldorf Stammtisch 2019-04-24 germany
Phone/Video Conferencing Mappy Hour US 2019-04-24 united states
Lübeck Lübecker Mappertreffen 2019-04-25 germany
Montpellier State of the Map France 2019 2019-06-14-2019-06-16 france
Angra do Heroísmo Erasmus+ EuYoutH_OSM Meeting 2019-06-24-2019-06-29 portugal
Minneapolis State of the Map US 2019 2019-09-06-2019-09-08 united states
Edinburgh FOSS4GUK 2019 2019-09-18-2019-09-21 united kingdom
Heidelberg Erasmus+ EuYoutH_OSM Meeting 2019-09-18-2019-09-23 germany
Heidelberg HOT Summit 2019 2019-09-19-2019-09-20 germany
Heidelberg State of the Map 2019 (international conference) 2019-09-21-2019-09-23 germany
Grand-Bassam State of the Map Africa 2019 2019-11-22-2019-11-24 ivory coast

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, SunCobalt, TheSwavu, YoViajo, derFred.