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- We are celebrating the 500th edition… ( As a thank-you for all readers, a special edit…
- The JOSM team announced a development version of its editor that brings the Maxar imagery back. Bryan Housel tweeted that also iD brought the Maxar background layer back. The imagery service for OSM was temporarilly interrupted following a sharp usage increases through automated requests .
- It is recommended not to use Vespucci from the Google Play store but from open source store F-Droid as the Google Play version is lagging three months behind.
- The proposal to introduce the tag
duty_free=*for marking shops which offer duty-free shopping, has been approved.
- memfrob is looking for a 3D webmap with 3D terrain which can visualise track data and let the user fly over it.
- Mapillary released the results of their survey of delivery drivers, carried out to estimate the cost to business of broken maps.
- Minutely Extracts is a new service by Protomaps for on-demand OSM downloads in PBF format. The data is replicated from the main OSM database once every minute, so mappers can download and make use of their edits immediately after uploading. You can find further details in bdon’s diary entry.
- Martin Koppenhoefer reminds that the OSMF board has overcome the “on the ground rule” and the Data Working Group decision to tag the Crimea peninsula as being part of Russia two years ago. He asks the board on OSM’s main mailing list to revisit the previous decision. As expected this started a long discussion about this case in particular but also about the tagging of disputed boundaries, the “on the ground rule”, the role of non-physical objects in our database and many others.
- Daniel Capilla points to an ongoing discussion about how explicit abstaining should be treated during the tagging proposal voting process.
- The results of the last general meeting of OSM US: The amendments to the articles of association (change in the terms of office of the board members) did not achieve the required participation. The new board consists of Jubal Harpster , Daniela Waltersdorfer J, Alyssa Wright, Martijn van Exel and Minh Nguyen. Jonah Adkins and Steve Johnson were not elected.
- Shawna Bjorgan of Arizona State University writes about her experience interning remotely with YouthMappers and the USAID GeoCenter on the YouthMappers blog.
- OpenStreetMap US publishes a monthly newsletter with a short selection of news, events and announcements from the OpenStreetMap community in the United States. You can read the February Issue here.
- Valeriy Trubin continues his series of interviews with OSMers. He talked with Georgiy Potapov about neural networks and AI (automatic translation) and with Sergey Zaichenko about the use of OSM data in big projects (automatic translation) such as “Sputnik” map service.
- Joost Schouppe from the OSMF board announced the start of OSMF’s microgrants. However, before the first funds can be granted, the base in form of a selection committee must be set up. If you think you can help OSM by running the program, your application is welcome until 8 March 2020.
- The minutes of the OSMF board meeting of 30 January 2020 are online. Topics included ODbL violations, dealing with new members without serious mapping activity and the establishment of a working group on diversity.
- OSM and the OSMF favour open and self-hosted software as documented in the FOSS policy. However, the implementation has stalled somewhat. Tobias Knerr from the OSMF board tries to push the Implementation further by looking for volunteers for a FOSS Policy Committee.
- The FOSSGIS Conference 2020 and OSM Saturday will take place in Freiburg im Breisgau from 11 to 14 March. Nakaner wants (automatic translation) people to know that participation in OSM Saturday 2020 (14 March) is free of charge and independent of the FOSSGIS conference.
- Manfred Stock reminds that the deadline for the call for participation and the call for abstracts of the academic track at State of the Map 2020 in Cape Town is looming.
- OSGeo Oceania, in lieu of purchasing carbon credits for its recent conference has decided to fund the planting of 250 yellow box trees in the Churchill National Park in Lysterfield, Victoria, Australia. The tree planting will take place 15 August 2020 and people who would like to participate should register with ParkConnect.
- On March 14, 2020 the GIS meeting will be held in Saint Petersburg (Russia) as part of the spbgeotex project. It will be dedicated to the famous software – QGIS.
- 50 students with their teacher from five European countries will work together in Râmnicu Vâlcea, Romania end of April to do a predesater mapping and teach students to use several QA tools.
- Pista ng Mapa a festival that aims to promote the use of free and open geodata and software, will take place from 27 – 29 May 2020 in the Philippines.
- The SOTM Baltics 2020 is scheduled for 6 March 2020 in Riga. The conference should be of interest for non-Baltic mappers too as all talks will be in English.
- The Open Belgium 2020 will bring over 50 national and international speakers to inform you about Open Knowledge and Open Data. osm.be can be of help if you like to attend but can not afford the ticket for the event on 6 March 2020 in Hasselt, Belgium.
- OpenStreetMap Belgium will be hosting a meet up with Allan Mustard, chair of the OSMF board of directors, at the Cafe De Markten in Brussels on 23 March. RSVP via Meetup.
- HOT has launched an export tool, which aims to ease the delivery of OSM data to humanitarian organisations via the Humanitarian Data Exchange HDX.
- In cooperation with the United Nations and the Ugandan government HOT has created a Risk Atlas of Arua area showing existing hazards, exposure, and vulnerabilities.
- During UN World Urban Forum 10 in Abu Dhabi between 8-13 February, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team had a training event titled “Map Your City: A Tale of Three Countries” where project managers from Indonesia, Turkey and Uganda have demonstrated OSM data tools and described how open data is used for different humanitarian contexts. You can access the slides of the event here.
- The German tutorial ‘Getting Started with OpenStreetMap’ by Volker Gringmuth aka kreuzschnabel offers, also through continuous updates, a really good introduction to the OSM cosmos, not only for beginners. The pdf maybe interesting for translators.
- Ryan Lambert started a webinar series of six videos on how to work with PostGIS and OSM. The first four videos are online, the others will be shortly.
- Do you remember Geopedia, the digital travel guide? Developed by Michael Schön, this application (also available as a smartphone app) shows Wikipedia articles with a geolocation overlaid on OpenStreetMap (or Google Maps if that’s what you’re into).
- Mapbox visualises the course of the outbreak of the new corona virus on a real-time map with a lot of additional information.
- Art group ‘Neploho’ (Russian for ‘not bad’) created an online map of popular places for first dates in Moscow.
- An investment map is available on the website of the Administration of Chernogorsk (the city in Russia). OSM is used as a basemap.
- You are invited — Open Data Day , 7 March
- The website ‘All houses of Russia’ has allowed the use its photos for editing data in OpenStreetMaps.
- The blender-osm plugin for Blender 3D can now be downloaded for free.
- Generation Street, a game based on the OSM, is now available for free on the Stream (with a limited selection of territories, the entire planet in available in DLC). According to its developer Roman Shuvalov, its source code will be opened in the foreseeable future.
- mmd has announced the new CGImap version 0.8.0 in his OSM user diary. Thanks to the new changeset endpoints, the OSM API 0.6 is now covered to the extent that mapping is possible with CGImap only.
- Rostislav Netek et al. compare in their paper ‘Performance Testing on Vector vs. Raster Map Tiles-Comparative Study on Load Metrics’ the relative performance in delivering maps over HTTP between raster and vector tiles.
- The OSM Software Watchlist by Walter aka wambacher will continue to be maintained and it remains the reference in terms of highlighting release changes of the OSM involved software. Walter, a long time member of the Wochennotiz/weeklyOSM team, will not be able to maintain the Boundaries-map in the future.
- OsmAnd’s iOS version is catching up. The team has released the version 3.12 which comes with an improved route details screen.
- The webmap framework OpenLayers has reached the version 6.2.0. The new version improves the mousewheel zooming, optimised the text rendering, introduces the
displacementoption for a more flexible positioning of point symbolisers and many many more.
Did you know …
- … how to map highways covered by a building? The wiki article Key:covered explains how to map highways covered by buildings in situations where using layer=-1 or denoting the highway is underground is not applicable.
- … that there is a list of OSM-related Twitter accounts?
- … about the websites ‘Tram systems of Russia’ and ‘Bus lanes of Russia’?
- … that the iD editor now has it’s own blog? This blog covers feature releases, community news, and development insights from iD’s maintainers and contributors.
- … that Windy has animations of the weather forecasts produced by various models superimposed on an OpenStreetMap based map?
OSM in the media
- El Territorio, a local argentinian newspaper informs (automatic translation) that all rivers and streams in the Misiones province, Argentina, can be found in OpenStreetMap. They can also be seen in a hydrology map prepared with uMap by user Carlos Brys. Most of the toponyms were collected by geographer Miguel Stefañuk, who traveled the province for many years, mostly covered by jungle, checking the names of streams with rural and native dwellers.
Other “geo” things
- BBC Radio’s “Inside Science” visits Britain’s “Ordnance Survey”, and some of the methods that they’re using will sound fairly familiar to contributors to OpenStreetMap.
- The Ramblers are running their ‘Don’t Lose Your Way’ project to identify potential lost rights of way by searching old OS maps for paths, which are marked historically as footpaths or bridleroads, which are now missing on the current OS map. Time is running short, from 1 January 2026 it will no longer be possible to add paths to the definitive map based on historical evidence and any missing paths could be lost forever.
- Jack Dangermond, founder and president of ESRI in California, details in a Geospatial World article titled “GIS as an intelligent nervous system for the planet” the importance of GIS and geodata from the perspective of one of the market leaders.
- Google solves the problem of disputed borders by showing whatever the user wants to see. Greg Bensinger’s article in the Washington Post describes how the Silicon Valley firm’s decision-making on maps is often shrouded in secrecy, even to some of those who work to shape its digital atlases every day.
- Paul Kang is a Nashville (USA) resident with a passion for adding civil rights related sites to Google Maps. Molly McHugh-Johnson’s article describes how Paul’s hobby started and grew. If only we could somehow encourage him to also add them to OSM. Then not only would his work not ‘be going anywhere’ it would also be freely available for everyone to use.
- Dan Stowell and Jack Kelly explained the value of mapping the location of solar photovoltaic panels. They highlight the recent work done by OSM mappers to add over 120,000 installations to the map.
- Christine Ro discussed some of the unintended consequences of using remote sensing in human right campaigns. She gives as an example the 2007 project ‘Eyes on Darfur’, where the villages in Sudan that were being remotely monitored to discourage human rights violations ended up being more likely to experience violence.
- SevenCs has released a new version of its electronic nautical chart display software. The new version allows users to combine SevenCs’ visual images with third-party geographic data sources such as those provided by OpenStreetMap.
- DC Rainmaker reviewed the Suunto 7 with Wear OS, a smart watch that features a OSM based map.
- Feedspot has a list of 75 of the most popular blogs and websites about GIS (Geographic Information Systems) for 2020.
- New locations are available (automatic translation) on the Yandex.Panoramas. Earlier the Yandex has allowed (automatic translation) to use its panoramas for editing OSM data.
- appleinsider.com features the comparison of Apple Maps and Google Maps in a comprehensive article. Unfortunately the article does not include any pointer to other alternatives.
- The GEO-3 payload of the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay System (EGNOS), hosted aboard the EUTELSAT 5 West B satellite, has successfully entered into service. The payload is part of the program to update Europe’s satellite-based augmentation system.
- And finally in time lapse of our future: A journey to the end of time…
|Ulmer Alb||Stammtisch Ulmer Alb||2020-02-20|
|Takasago||Takasago Open Datathon||2020-02-24|
|Brno||Únorový brněnský Missing maps mapathon na Geografickém ústavu||2020-02-27|
|London||Missing Maps London||2020-03-03|
|Riga||State of the Map Baltics||2020-03-06|
|Taipei||OSM x Wikidata #14||2020-03-09|
|Toronto||Toronto Mappy Hour||2020-03-09|
|Zurich||115. OSM Meetup Zurich||2020-03-11|
|Valcea||EuYoutH OSM Meeting||2020-04-27-2020-05-01|
|Guarda||EuYoutH OSM Meeting||2020-06-24-2020-06-28|
|Cape Town||HOT Summit||2020-07-01-2020-07-02|
|Cape Town||State of the Map 2020||2020-07-03-2020-07-05|
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