weeklyOSM 452

12/03/2019-18/03/2019

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OpenStreetMap protest against Art 13 of the EU Copyright Directive 1 | © OpenStreetMap

[Actual Category]

  • Michael Reichert suggests turning off OSM services or adding banners to protest against the EU plan to implement the new, controversial, Copyright Directive. However, the question remains as to why the protest against EU politics is more important than existing or proposed restrictions of freedom elsewhere.

About us

  • The transfer of weeklyOSM to the FOSSGIS server and the subsequent necessary maintenance work has been completed. Users might have noticed some minor interruptions in service last weekend whilst this was taking place. We would like to thank Peter Barth and Andreas Hubel for the transfer. We especially want to thank Anthony Bennett aka @internetgeog of www.internetgeography.net for many years of administration of the site, which he has maintained exemplarily since 2014.

Mapping

  • Jan S proposes better differentiation between various kinds of police facilities. Jan has drafted a proposal and is seeking comments.
  • Members of the Polytechnic University of Milan (Politecnico di Milano) created a deforestation mapping wiki page to improve the understanding and mapping of land coverage to make analysis and visualisation of environmental issues such as deforestation easier.
  • Paul Allen asks whether superroutes are good, bad or ugly. In his post on the tagging mailing list he mentions some pros and cons of the controversial construct. During the discussion it was also asked whether relations of type=route containing child relations should be preferred over superrelations.
  • Antoine Riche pointed to undiscussed wiki changes about cycleway tagging which resulted in a long discussion about how to deal with oneway restrictions.
  • German mappers are voting on the deprecation of relations of type associatedStreet in Germany.

Community

Imports

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • The minutes of the OSMF Licence Working Group meeting of 14 February have been published.
  • The OSM Operations Team announced on Twitter that one of OSM’s tile caches received a Denial of Service attack by someone using Amazon servers and an Load Impact User-Agent.

Events

  • The FOSS4G North America, an open geospatial technology and business conference, will take place from 15 to 18 April 2019 in San Diego, USA. The program is available on the conference’s homepage.
  • The next mapathon of MAMAPA will take place on 28 March at the Abendakademie in Mannheim. Beyond the humanitarian objective of the Mapathon, MAMAPA promotes the integration of new immigrants in Germany, in which locals and migrants map in tandem. Through the joint work prejudices and stereotypical thinking are reduced and mutual trust is strengthened.
  • The 7th (seventh!) annual conference organised by OpenStreetMap France will take place from 14 to 16 June in Montpellier (34), on the campus of the Paul Valéry University. Proposals for presentations in 5′, 25′, 55′ or even 2-hour workshops will be accepted until 15 April.

Humanitarian OSM

  • Russell Deffner calls for help with mapping flooded areas in Mozambique and Zimbabwe exacerbated by Cyclone Idai. More information about current tasks and how you can help can be found on the corresponding wiki page.
  • Nina Strochlic covers in National Geographic how the Bidibidi refugee camp in North Uganda is transforming into a permanent city. She points out how humanitarian mapping, HOT in particular, has helped in documenting the transformation and provided valuable data for planning and managing the quickly evolving area.
  • A story on MapGive, an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Humanitarian Information Unit, details how updated aerial imagery has helped crowdsourced humanitarian mapping. MapGive helped mapping efforts of Missing Maps in Uganda and Bangladesh by providing support with current imagery. The blog post shows differences in aerial imagery over the years and a before and after comparison of OSM data around refugee camps in Northern Uganda.

Open Data

  • The regional conference and conference on Latin American Open Data Abrelatam19 will be held at Quito from 28 to 30 August 2019.

Software

  • TriMet in 2009 launched the open source trip planner “OpenTripPlanner” that combines public transport transit with walking and biking. The tool, which can use public transport data in General Transit Feed Specification “GTFS” format and is based on OSM data, gained some popularity within the OSM community. The company announced a new version of its tool that can also incorporate data from Uber, SHARE NOW (formerly car2go) and BIKETOWN and uses real-time locations of vehicles and bikes to calculate routes. A beta version with data for Portland, OR, USA is available.
  • The Android app OSMTracker, which is popular with OSM mappers, no longer shows maps as a background to tracks. OSMTracker uses the generic user-agent from the osmdroid library which was recently blocked by the OSM Operations Team. The tile usage policy requires application-specific user agents.
  • Fabian Kowatsch, of HeiGIT, announced that the HeiGIT Big Spatial Data team published a public world-wide instance of the ohsome OSM History Analysis Platform including an API, an updated dashboard and the beta prototype map interface ohsomeHEX (OSM History Explorer). All this allows you to analyse the evolution of any OSM tag for arbitrary regions and time periods in a simple way. Several examples are given in earlier blogs which now can be adapted for arbitrary regions around the world. Ideas for further enhancements are most welcome.

Releases

  • Version 5 of Openrouteservice was published. The service, developed by The Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology, bears the name of the Jupiter moon Io.

Did you know …

  • … the OSM Software Watchlist (release status) by Wambacher? It has been extended to cover another 15 OSM applications.
  • … the tagging of a centre turn lane? This is described using the tags lanes:both_ways= 1 and turn:both_ways = left.

Other “geo” things

  • Dr. Michele M Tobias asked #gischat on Twitter “Can you tell your GIS/mapping career story in one tweet?” Read the nice stories and please tell your OSM story as well. 😉
  • As Marius Watz has tweeted, the Norwegian municipality Trysil decided not to name streets but numbered thousands of cabin buildings instead. The website nrk.no reported that the step caused chaos for tourists, desperate cottage owners and emergency services.
  • Bryan Housel asks for help to “link branded businesses in OpenStreetMap to wikidata”.
  • The Guardian reports on desire lines: “illicit trails that defy the urban planners”. (Note: there is a small amount of data in OSM identifying such paths, see 1 and 2).
  • In an article on Medium, Caitlin Dewey covers the story of the Fruit Belt neighbourhood in Buffalo, New York which had been replaced on Google Maps by something called “Medical Park”. The article follows the residents and their investigation into how Google may have acquired inaccurate neighbourhood data from Pitney Bowes and how that came to be. She also points out how little control the community had over the mislabelling. In comparison, the neighbourhood had only been added to OSM a few days ago with plenty of room for map improvements in the area.
  • Jorge Andres, a volunteer cartographer for MapAction, discusses, on their corporate blog, how to most effectively represent topographical relief when mapping volcanic hazards. He suggests that 3D visualisations are more effective, and in 2D contour lines tend to obscure significant details.
  • Tom Lee, Mapbox’s lead on policy, testified before the US Senate Judiciary Committee regarding privacy law reform.

Upcoming Events

Where What When Country
Greater Vancouver area Metrotown mappy Hour 2019-03-22 canada
Tokyo ミャンマーに絵本と地図を届けよう~ミャンマーに届ける翻訳絵本作り&自由な世界地図作り~ 2019-03-23 japan
Cork Mapping Party @ UCC 2019-03-23 ireland
Bremen Bremer Mappertreffen 2019-03-25 germany
Joué-lès-Tours Rencontre Mensuelle 2019-03-25 france
Graz Stammtisch Graz 2019-03-25 austria
Portmarnock Erasmus+ EuYoutH_OSM Meeting 2019-03-25-2019-03-29 ireland
Zurich Missing Maps Mapathon Zurich 2019-03-27 switzerland
Montpellier Réunion mensuelle 2019-03-27 france
Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) National Mapathon 2019-03-27 belgium
UCL Louvain-la-Neuve National Mapathon 2019-03-27 belgium
KUL Leuven National Mapathon 2019-03-27 belgium
UMONS Mons National Mapathon 2019-03-27 belgium
Montrouge rencontre locale des contributeurs de Montrouge et alentours 2019-03-27 france
Lübeck Lübecker Mappertreffen 2019-03-28 germany
VUB Brussel National Mapathon 2019-03-28 belgium
Mannheim Mannheimer Mapathons 2019-03-28 germany
ULIEGE Liège National Mapathon 2019-03-28 belgium
UNAMUR Namur National Mapathon 2019-03-28 belgium
UGENT Gent National Mapathon 2019-03-28 belgium
Düsseldorf Stammtisch 2019-03-29 germany
UCL Louvain-la-Neuve National Mapathon 2019-03-30 belgium
ULIEGE Liège National Mapathon 2019-03-30 belgium
Bochum Mappt die Innenstadt – Mappingtag für Einsteiger*innen und Fortgeschrittene 2019-03-31 germany
Stuttgart Stuttgarter Stammtisch 2019-04-03 germany
Bochum Mappertreffen 2019-04-04 germany
Nantes Réunion mensuelle 2019-04-04 france
Dresden Stammtisch Dresden 2019-04-04 germany
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
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 Köln Stammtisch 2019-04-10 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

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This weeklyOSM was produced by Nakaner, Polyglot, Rogehm, SK53, Softgrow, SunCobalt, TheSwavu, YoViajo, derFred, kartonage, muramototomoya.

weeklyOSM 451

05/03/2019-11/03/2019

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MapRoulette has been revised – now version 3.2 1 | map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Uploadfilter – Article 13 EU Copyright Directive

  • Michael Reichert announces that openstreetmap.de will again protest against Article 13 of the EU Copyright Directive. (de) (automatic translation)
  • Heise Online reports (de) (automatic translation) that the German Wikipedia will be turned off for one day on 21 March as a protest against article 13 of the new EU Copyright Directive.

Mapping

  • Following the decision to cease rendering leisure=common in OSM’s main map style Carto, a replacement is being discussed on the HOT mailing list. Apparently the requirements for the replacement are not too difficult; as Andrew Buck wrote “I would accept anything the community comes up with as long as it renders or the rendering rules are updated before the change.”
  • François Lacombe announced on the tagging mailing list the start of voting for the proposal to improve the tagging of substations and the network hierarchy in general.
  • The proposal for highway=via_ferrata and via_ferrata_scale=* for tagging protected climbing routes in the Alps and certain other locations has been rewritten. Comments and suggestions are welcomed.
  • SK53 wrote on his “Maps matter” blog about mapping roof-top solar panels in Nottingham, UK. He summarises what he learnt and makes some suggestions for finding them in other places. Also mcld found that solar panels in London were harder to find. Both activities arose because of an animated discussion on Twitter, initiated by Jack Kelly, about using machine learning to find solar panels.
  • naoliv announced in his user diary the availability of a new JOSM layer specific for Brazilian street names, which can be used to take over street names from IBGE‘s Base de faces de logradouros. In his post he explains the issues with the previous solution and how the new layer can be used.
  • raphaelmirc explains how to use MapRoulette. (automatic translation)

Community

  • We recently reported about the issue of non-compliant attributions by OSM data consumers. Our commentary suggested that, based on the responses, it appears that the topic is not that important for other mappers, or they are resigned to current practices. However, we heavily underestimated the momentum the topic gained after writing the text and we missed the chance to incorporate the feedback right before publishing our last issue. We’re sorry for our oversight.Martin Koppenhöfer is right when complaining about it. The responses on the missing attribution are noteworthy. For example, Paul Norman points to the fact that sometimes users of our data find room for their logo but not for the attribution required when using our data. Martijn van Exel provided an example how to attribute even on an iPhone screen. Simon Poole adds that the majority of data consumers are providing acceptable attribution or at least fix it when pointed to the issue. He also indicated that the community can expect a draft attribution guideline for discussion in the upcoming months. However, there are many, many more contributions to the discussion that are worth reading.
  • OpenStreetMap has been accepted as a mentoring organisation for this year’s Google Summer of Code. On the OSM developers’ mailing list, Tobias Knerr calls for more project ideas to be added to the project ideas wiki page.
  • The Swiss Federal Railways SBB has set up (automatic translation) an internal group of volunteers called “OSM at SBB” to discuss OSM related things.
  • The blog of OpenCage data, the operator of OpenCage Geocoder, has published an interview with Richard Fairhurst, the maker of Deriviste (and a few other things).
  • Jochen Topf wrote a blog post about the changes for openstreetmapdata.com users after the move to a new server following FOSSGIS’ funding agreement for the new server infrastructure.

Imports

  • User Hokkosha published (automatic translation) a proposal for a data import (automatic translation) from Hokkaido Takushoku Bus and asked for feedback. This proposal will be produced in English after discussion in Japanese.

Events

  • The OSM group of Nancy and its surroundings meets (automatic translation) regularly in partnership with the “Fabrique Collective de la Culture du Libre”.

Humanitarian OSM

  • The World Bank Group has contracted the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team to digitise buildings in Tanzania from satellite imagery. By adding this data to OSM it is intended to help develop an off-grid energy sector, to complement the national grid, by allowing businesses to identify sites that could be served by mini-grids and solar home systems.
  • HOT published an article on the International Women’s Day 2019 with their highlights of gender diversity activity from the last 12 months.
  • sevendaysvt.com published an article about a humanitarian mapping event, co-hosted by the University of Vermont’s Humanitarian Mapping Club and Code for BTV, where attendees were introduced to OSM by mapping buildings in rural Africa.

Maps

switch2OSM

  • A German version of the NewsHereNow website/webapp is now available (English version). 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 to add it to OpenStreetMap. For convenience, under the HERE/HIER tab is a button that takes you to OpenStreetMap centred at your nearest intersection.

Open Data

Software

  • The support for QGIS 2.18 LTR (Long Term Release) has ended. Users are asked to upgrade to QGIS 3.4 LTR.
  • Wille published a blog post that explains how to set up some tools to receive notifications from OSMCha via Telegram or e-mail. That way you will be notified whenever there are new changesets that match a filter you saved on OSMCha.
  • MapRoulette is now at version 3.2. The latest version of the micro-task platform for OSM features a new design, a new user dashboard, improved task completion flow, and much more. Martijn van Exel summarises the new features in his diary.
  • In his OSM diary Simon Poole celebrates the 10th anniversary of Vespucci and thanks all of the contributing developers. He also gives a preview of upcoming features such as multi-polygon support, turn-restrictions rendering, and a revamped style configuration.

Programming

  • Amon Santana, from HeiGIT, reports about a number of interesting new features in the latest version of the interactive OpenRouteService API Playground.

Releases

  • Version 3.3 of OsmAnd has been released. The team removed Facebook and Firebase analytics from the free version – the paid version OsmAnd+ already didn’t include them. The application now offers navigation for public transport, although still in a beta phase, recieved a redesigned directions menu and improved quick action menu, as well as the information about a route.

Did you know …

  • … Anita Graser’s “Free and Open Source GIS Ramblings“? It is a series of discussions about GIS data analysis.
  • … about Mappics? This is an open source map based travel photos gallery, with automatic place and weather descriptions of the very moment the photos were taken.
  • … that there are shops that sell goods with as little packaging as possible? Customers can bring their own reusable packaging to reduce waste. OSM recognises this using the tag bulk_purchase = yes
  • … the overview of all existing OSM Working Groups?

Other “geo” things

  • Gonzalo López published on NOSOLOSIG an article called “Geocoding of addresses: a pending subject”. (es) (automatic translation)
  • Sascha Fendrich, from HeiGIT, describes a study about semantic association rule learning using OSM data. He presents an example to explain the technique used and its potential for finding exceptions to general rules that can be used for data quality analysis.
  • Martijn van Exel explains how to use the new OpenStreetCam upload scripts.

Upcoming Events

Where What When Country
Dresden FOSSGIS 2019 2019-03-13-2019-03-16 germany
Berlin 129. Berlin-Brandenburg Stammtisch 2019-03-14 germany
Chemnitz Chemnitzer Linux-Tage 2019 2019-03-16-2019-03-17 germany
Kyoto 京都!街歩き!マッピングパーティ:第6回 善峯寺 2019-03-17 japan
Taipei OSM x Wikidata #2 2019-03-18 taiwan
Cologne Bonn Airport Bonner Stammtisch 2019-03-19 germany
Nottingham East Midlands Pub meetup 2019-03-19 england
London #geomob London 2019-03-19 england
Scotland Edinburgh 2019-03-19 uk
Salt Lake City SLC Map Night 2019-03-19 united states
Lüneburg Lüneburger Mappertreffen 2019-03-19 germany
Toulouse Rencontre mensuelle 2019-03-20 france
Karlsruhe Stammtisch 2019-03-20 germany
Nagoya 図書で調べて編集するオープンデータワークショップ 2019-03-21 japan
Heidelberg Mannheimer Mapathons Bei der VHS-Heidelberg für “Wochen gegen Rassismus” des Interkulturellen Zentrums 2019-03-21 germany
Greater Vancouver area Metrotown mappy Hour 2019-03-22 canada
Tokyo ミャンマーに絵本と地図を届けよう~ミャンマーに届ける翻訳絵本作り&自由な世界地図作り~ 2019-03-23 japan
Bremen Bremer Mappertreffen 2019-03-25 germany
Joué-lès-Tours Rencontre Mensuelle 2019-03-25 france
Graz Stammtisch Graz 2019-03-25 austria
Portmarnock Erasmus+ EuYoutH_OSM Meeting 2019-03-25-2019-03-29 ireland
Zurich Missing Maps Mapathon Zurich 2019-03-27 switzerland
Montpellier Réunion mensuelle 2019-03-27 france
Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) National Mapathon 2019-03-27 belgium
UCL Louvain-la-Neuve National Mapathon 2019-03-27 belgium
KUL Leuven National Mapathon 2019-03-27 belgium
UMONS Mons National Mapathon 2019-03-27 belgium
Lübeck Lübecker Mappertreffen 2019-03-28 germany
VUB Brussel National Mapathon 2019-03-28 belgium
ULIEGE Liège National Mapathon 2019-03-28 belgium
UNAMUR Namur National Mapathon 2019-03-28 belgium
UGENT Gent National Mapathon 2019-03-28 belgium
Düsseldorf Stammtisch 2019-03-29 germany
UCL Louvain-la-Neuve National Mapathon 2019-03-30 belgium
ULIEGE Liège National Mapathon 2019-03-30 belgium
Bochum Mappt die Innenstadt – Mappingtag für Einsteiger*innen und Fortgeschrittene 2019-03-31 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, Polyglot, Rogehm, SK53, SunCobalt, TheSwavu, YoViajo, derFred, k_zoar, kartonage, keithonearth.