weeklyOSM 408


Munin-Zugriffsgraph für Apache auf ironbelly.openstreetmap.org

The Munin access graph for Apache on ironbelly.openstreetmap.org shows a decline in the number of requests after the redirect on port 443 was enabled. 1 | Image: munin.openstreetmap.org

About us

  • ERRATUM: In the last issue of weeklyOSM we used an image from this video and stated that it was Newcastle, but it wasn’t. The picture showed the city of Liverpool. It was an oversight from one of our editors who is a fan of Newcastle United. 😉


  • OSM contributor Adam Schneider has mapped features of the recent volcanic eruption in Leilani Estates, Hawaii including fissures and lava flows.
  • Chris Eshun, a youthmapper from Ghana, made a map of recently flooded areas in Tarkwa using OSM data.
  • Paul Johnson points out that a more completionist view towards lane tagging to include bicycle lanes may be better than the wiki’s view, which encourages error by omission in complex lane situations. The most common answer he receives is that changing the meaning of a tag that is used millions of times is counterproductive at this point and to propose a new tag, which includes lanes of any kind.
  • New terms of use for Bing Maps allow OSM to use StreetSide images.
  • The proposal for Tag:man_made=carpet_hanger was accepted.


  • Routing for Accessibility – new Project with the City of Heidelberg.
  • OpenStreetMap Belgium’s ‘Mapper of the month’ features Yasunari Yamashita and Tomoya Muramoto. Yasunari hosts a continuous mapping party in Japan. Tomoya is also active as an editor for the Japanese language team of WeeklyOSM.
  • sev_osm publishes a Twitter moment about two weeks of OSM and free Geomatics training in N’Djamena (Tchad) targeted to local students, teachers and professionals from both the private and public sectors. The courses were facilitated with the help of members of Chadian community and a Togolese mapper with the support of the International Organization of Francophonie (OIF).
  • Ilya Zverev wrote a diary post about what annoys him of OpenStreetMap. Website stand still, OSM Carto style stand still, Tagging mess, no management, no news, etc

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • The minutes of the OSMF’s License Working Group meeting on May 10th is available. The topic was mainly regarding various data protection concerns.
  • A blog entry in the official OpenStreetMap blog summarizes upcoming changes in connection with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
  • An FAQ of the OSM Foundation answers several data protection questions currently asked by many website operators who integrate services of the OSM Foundation (tile.openstreetmap.org, nominatim.openstreetmap.org, api.openstreetmap.org).
  • The Minutes of the Data Working Group meeting on March 13th is online.


  • The details about the academic track submission for FOSS4G Europe 2018 are available now.
  • The website of State of the Map Japan 2018 has been released and a Call for Proposals has started. CfP deadline is June 18th.


  • Hartmuts MapOSMatic instance has recently served its 20,000th request.
    It has also received a database upgrade/reimport to be able to render OpenStreetMap Carto v4.x stylesheets, so the OSM default style is now up to date with the OSM website again.
    There’s also now a DokuWiki instance running on the server that provides more detailed usage instructions, descriptions of available stylesheets, and other information related to the print service.
  • Alex Kemp reports on landrises and landfalls due to termination of mining activities and the effects of stopping the pumping that kept the shafts from flooding on the underground water tables.
  • “Millimeter precision HD Vector Maps”, a blogpost by Thiago Santos from Mapbox.


  • A team at MIT is currently developing a new navigation method that relies less on highly detailed maps and more on sensor technology which also makes use of OpenStreetMap data.


  • A Java bug in Debian renders JOSM unusable for all users of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Long term support). Meanwhile user abienvenu created a Docker container for JOSM so we can get by while waiting for Ubuntu to fix this in an update.
  • Apple cracking down on applications that send location data to third-parties
  • MapsMania blogs about Antirubbersheeter, a tool that ease the use of Leaflet with any image, for instance with vintage maps.


  • In response to Google’s price increase and not totally satisfied with switch2osm.org‘s tutorial u/Overv created a batteries included Docker image containing a way to follow minute diffs of OSM and render tiles for a given region. As he will use this in production himself, it will be kept up-to-date.
  • Complying with the GDPR will require changes to OpenStreetMap.org’s registration form for new mappers and requesting explicit agreement of all mappers to the new API’s and website’s terms of use. The technical implementation on how to accomplish this is being discussed on GitHub.
  • As announced previously planet.openstreetmap.org now redirects HTTP requests arriving on port 80 to port 443 (HTTPS).
  • From now on Geofabrik’s download server provides data stripped of user-related metadata. OSM data with all metadata intact is only available for users with an OSM login at osm-internal.download.geofabrik.de.


  • Version 0.6 of MUIMapparium, an OSM Client for Amiga, Free Pascal and PowerPC has been released.
  • OSM Carto now renders additional tags like amenity=nursing_home and amenity=driving_school, as well as established tags like amenity=police and amenity=bus_station when tagged on surfaces.

Other “geo” things

  • The new version of the free tool for the analysis of old maps MapAnalyst, now visualises the uncertainty of distortion grids, and has a menu for opening recent projects.
  • An academic study of Wikimapia has been published by the International Journal of Geographical Information Science (main paper paywalled).
  • Microsoft launched Azure’s first foray into providing native geospatial functionality.
  • Nothing new: HERE uses Mapillary images – also in its online editor.
  • The fight for Europe’s last wild rivers. Read the article from the Ecologist.

Upcoming Events

ViersenOSM Stammtisch Viersen2018-05-22germany
UlmMapping Stolpersteine Ulm/Neu-Ulm2018-05-23germany
Mumble CreekOpenStreetMap Foundation public board meeting2018-05-24
LübeckLübecker Mappertreffen2018-05-24germany
UrspringStammtisch Ulmer Alb2018-05-24germany
IvreaIncontro mensile Biellese/Canavese/Vercellese2018-05-26italy
BremenBremer Mappertreffen2018-05-28germany
GrazStammtisch Graz2018-05-28austria
BordeauxState of the Map France 20182018-06-01-2018-06-03france
MontrealLes Mercredis cartographie2018-06-06canada
Praha – Brno – OstravaKvartální pivo2018-06-06czech republic
StuttgartStuttgarter Stammtisch2018-06-06germany
Potsdam120. Brandenburg-Berlin Stammtisch2018-06-08germany
Tokyo東京!街歩き!マッピングパーティ:第20回 江戸開城の地 芝2018-06-09japan
RennesCartographie des bâtiments en 3D2018-06-10france
RennesRéunion mensuelle2018-06-11france
MilanState of the Map 2018 (international conference)2018-07-28-2018-07-30italy
Dar es SalaamFOSS4G & HOT Summit 20182018-08-29-2018-08-31tanzania
DetroitState of the Map US 20182018-10-05-2018-10-07united states
BengaluruState of the Map Asia 2018 (effective date to confirm)2018-11-17-2018-11-18india

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This weeklyOSM was produced by Nakaner, Polyglot, Rogehm, SK53, Spanholz, YoViajo, derFred, jcoupey, jinalfoflia, k_zoar, sev_osm.

2 Replies to “weeklyOSM 408”

  1. If OSM needs (another) success story, here’s mine: I hear about lava in Hawai’i, read this Weekly, click a link in the Mapping “fold” see Adam’s superb work there that visually conveys to me (as only a map can do) the geography of local fissures and lava flows. I understood something I was thirsty to know, smiled a bit and typed these words.

    Thank you, Adam! (And the MANY others who make OSM great).