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

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weeklyOSM 453

19/03/2019-25/03/2019

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Map for young parents | 1 | © Leaflet | Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors, CC-BY-SA, Map Tiles © OpenStreetMap

Mapping

  • mapmeld made an interesting analysis of language clusters by using Unicode code points. They also detected outliers and odd forms of vandalism.
  • The vote on the proposal “Fashion accessory shop” has begun and runs until 8th April 2019.
  • The vote on “Substations functions” ended. The proposal did not achieve the necessary majority.

Community

  • alexkemp describes how he resolves problems encountered with OSMTracker 0.7 when pictures aren’t georeferenced. He shows how he restores the missing data.
  • SK53 wanted to identify areas of social housing in England. He shows in his blog how he was able to create suitable useful polygons from an open data list of individual properties with PostGIS clustering. He suggests that such approaches may have broader applicability to OSM data.
  • Ilya Zverev recently started working for the taxi company Juno. He describes how GPX tracks from the Juno app are being aggregated and how they can be used to keep OpenStreetMap up-to-date with very fresh data. This data is a lot easier to work with than the GPX tracks stored by OSM, which may cover multiple changes in the road network. He also presented on this subject at FOSDEM in Brussels, and his talk was recorded.

Events

  • FOSS4G Argentina, a conference with workshops and presentations, takes place from 9th – 12th of April 2019 in Buenos Aires. Registration is open and it includes a workshop on how to use JOSM for editing by (@Hernan)
  • The Linuxwochen 2019 tour through Austria will be in Vienna from May 2 – 4. The article contains some links to video recordings of earlier Linux weeks. (de) (automatic translation)
  • Entur and Ruter are hosting an OpenTripPlanner Summit in Oslo on 3rd April. The proceedings will be live-streamed.

Humanitarian OSM

  • HOT has created a new development community for the Tasking Manager with further partnerships with Microsoft and Bing Maps. Over the next few months, work will begin on the design for integrating machine-learning and improving workflow performance of the Tasking Manager. Additionally open building datasets for Uganda and Tanzania will be created.
  • In order to be able to help people in crisis areas quickly, NGO helpers depend on high-quality maps. For many areas, these maps must first be produced. In doing so, Doctors Without Borders is supported by modern technology and by thousands of volunteers. On Tuesday 2nd of April 2019 from 19:00 – 22:00 interested people will meet for a Missing Maps Mapathon in Berlin.

Maps

  • PrivateMajory tweets a 3-D effect map made using QGIS and then enhanced in Blender.
  • DJI appears to be using (in certain countries) OSM data in their Fly Safe GEO ZONE Map
    (several examples). A tweet and emails have been sent to DJI requesting correct attribution, but sadly there was no reply from DJI.
  • The OpenStreetMap.be website now has a brand-new “How To” page with some tutorials and example code to demonstrate on how to use OSM and OSMBE base layer.
  • The first version of the Baby Map was published. It represents the tags that are relevant for parents of small children. However, the data in OSM is still a bit thin.

Programming

  • The German forum discusses (automatic translation) the categorisation of notes on osm.org. The forest of “Notes” markers is often dense and a categorisation by urgency or keywords could have a positive effect on the processing of the messages. User miche101 arranges notes on a map assigning different symbols to the markers based on keywords.
  • The GISience News Blog of the University of Heidelberg previews a new way to query spatial links in the OpenStreetMap history database OSHDB.

Did you know …

  • … the 2 Minute introduction videos to help beginners get started with OpenStreetMap and mapping for HOT-projects? Vitor George reminds us of the possibility to add subtitles to these YouTube videos.
  • … how to tag an area that is covered by trees, but neither tagged as landuse=forest nor natural=wood such as for example a cemetery? These can be tagged using landcover = trees along with their default landuse tags.
  • … the smartphone app ViewRanger ?

OSM in the media

  • The Free Software Foundation (FSF) recognised OpenStreetMap with the 2018 Free Software Award for Projects of Social Benefit and Deborah Nicholson with the Award for the Advancement of Free Software. Kate Chapman received the award from Richard M. Stallman at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and gave a speech on behalf of OSM/OSMF community.
  • The Open Mapping Group at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, hosted an indoor mapping party in the face of frosty weather.

Other “geo” things

  • The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) published a report on reliefweb.int about the use of disruptive technologies in disaster management. The digital technologies that are supported by many volunteers around the world in the crowdsourcing projects such as OSM are highlighted in particular.
  • Nazi spies, untroubled by the Soviet authorities, made a complete map of Moscow during the late 1930s.
  • Yahoo Japan news reported that Google Maps data of Japan has deteriorated. Users assume that the data source has switched, because the copyright attribution of Zenrin has disappeared.
  • Grab Malaysia and The Department of Geoinformation, of the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, organise mentoring training for mappers valled Grab Geo*Star in order increase the interest of students in the areas of mapping and OpenStreetMap.
  • Mapbox reports that it enhanced its living map platform with proprietary data from Zenrin, a Japanese map publisher. It is not clear as to whether enhanced was used synonymously for “replaced OSM”.
  • It’s not just OSM that suffers from the occasional broken polygon. Simon Poole spotted woods near Zurich which have disappeared on Here and Bing maps.
  • The book Time for mapping: Cartographic temporalities deals with the entry of the temporal into maps in the digital age and contemporary mapping practices.
  • The children’s book Lindsey, the GIS Specialist introduces the basics of GIS. This is one of a small series published by the US-based surveying firm Bolton & Menk, based on the job roles of their own employees.
  • A Guardian quiz shows population density maps of various cities. Can you identify them? Or do you have to guess?.
  • Esri announces on their ArcGIS blog that the new March version (previously beta) of the OpenStreetMap Vector Basemap is now freely available in ArcGIS.
  • On the south coast of Norway the first underwater restaurant in Europe opened (automatic translation). Potential visitors have to wait half a year to get a reservation due to it being booked out. It is still only mapped as a construction site in OSM.

Upcoming Events

Where What When Country
Sydney Sydney OSM get together 2019-03-30 australia
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
Heidelberg DisasterMappers Night of Geography 2019-04-05 germany
Cayenne Rencontre mensuelle 2019-04-05 france
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 Köln Stammtisch 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
Salt Lake City SLC Map Night 2019-04-16 united states
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
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 PierZen, Polyglot, Rainero, Rogehm, SK53, SunCobalt, TheFive, TheSwavu, YoViajo, adrianxoc, derFred, jinalfoflia, k_zoar, muramototomoya.