weeklyOSM 525


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  • Matthew Woehlke has written a proposal on parking_space=*.
  • Mike Thompson asked how to solve ‘apparent conflicting/redundant access tags’.
  • Frederik Ramm expressed his amazement at the comment ‘any opposition vote without reason or suggestion will not be counted in the voting process’ made in the ‘bare_soil’ proposal.
  • Andy Townsend answered a question that arose out of a ‘how to tag’ argument on public_transport=stop_position.
  • David Dean is interested in proposing and/or documenting existing tagging approaches to ensure that all highway=service ways can have a service=* associated tag. (Nabble)
  • The Rio de la Plata edit war continues in a long-lasting discussion on the tagging list.
  • b-jazz reports in his diary on an ‘analysis of bounding box sizes over the last eight years’.
  • Martijn van Exel writes about ‘MapRoulette News for August 2020’.
  • The OSM API no longer supports TLS 1.0 and 1.1. Users of old Android devices (up to Android 4.4) should have a look at Simon Poole’s user blog to find out how to continue mapping with Vespucci on these devices.


  • pangoSE proposes creating a roadmap for deprecating the storing and updating of names in OSM for objects with a Wikidata tag.
  • Ed Freyfogle interviewed the OSMF chair Allan Mustard.
  • The District Court of Magdeburg has sentenced (de) > three men who are responsible for the death of the former OSM activist and OSMF board member Ulf Möller near Dessau-Roßlau, Germany in January 2012 for ten to thirteen years in prison. Two previous judgements by the District Court of Dessau-Roßlau have been ruled invalid by the Federal Court of Justice (we reported about it in issues 386, 287, 282, 204 and 95).

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • Mikel Maron is asking for feedback about the funding of iD development and maintenance. Many people have expressed their opinions.
  • OSGeo Oceania has sent their local chapter application to the OSMF.
  • Allan Mustard and Guillaume Rischard listed the OSMF board activities of the last seven months.
  • Christoph Hormann’s diary entry (we reported) is still being discussed by Andy Allan, Simon Poole, mmd, SomeoneElse and others. It is worth reading all the arguments of the contributors as they are discussing essential parts of the OSM infrastructure.
  • Would you like to join the OSMF? It only takes five minutes. 😉
  • Allan Mustard wrote a blog post about a ‘Software Dispute Resolution Panel (“Panel”) consisting of five members’.

Humanitarian OSM

  • The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team’s (HOT) support of national and international COVID-19 responses is ongoing. Over 10,000 mappers, performing map edits in 15 countries, have made this the largest disaster response by HOT ever. To join in the effort, see HOT’s COVID-19 response page.
  • HOT is seeking intermediate and advanced mappers to support Red Cross by mapping the surroundings of Beirut. For further HOT projects, including those for newbies, explore the project list.
  • Rebecca Firth listed the publications planned for August on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of HOT.
  • HOT’s vision is to map areas home to people living in poverty, and at high risk of disasters, by engaging mappers around the world to increase the number of local edits to the map. To kickstart planning, HOT’s Community Team hosted a series of workshops to understand community perspectives.


  • Daniel Huffman has created a map of the rivers of North America as a follow up to their atlas (we covered earlier). The abstract representation reminds us of a subway map.
  • Alister Miller shows how the Mapbox layer is improved by aerial imagery data.
  • What is within 5 km of your Melbourne home? Find out where you can go under stage 4 coronavirus restrictions with this interactive map.
  • Philip Mallis created a map of supermarkets in Melbourne in order to show which parts of the city have one within a 5 km range.
  • The Taiwan government wants to unleash the control of entry to mountain areas, and let people have more access (nan) > en. If something unfortunate happens while someone is climbing a mountain, the authorities won’t be blamed as access is at your own risk. Rudy map zh-tw > en is an electronic map made using OpenStreetMap data and DEM data released by the Ministry of Interior Affairs, combined and transformed into Mapsforge filetype, which can be loaded not only onto GPS devices like Garmin, but also into mobile map apps. When you are out of range of cell phone service, Rudy map is still available on your cell phone, and with the GPS chip in your phone, it is very easy to get location information about your surrounding area.


  • The Soest district police authority publishes (de) > OSM maps showing attempted and successful domestic burglaries, under the heading ‘Reports on OpenStreetMap’.
  • The Green Party in Germany is using (de) its own Android app for its election campaign. This app relies on OSM and requires a membership login for the local chapter to use.


  • [1] Heidelberg University’s GIScience Research Group’s birthday gift (OSM 16) is a new open source, OpenRouteService mobile friendly, map client. The source code of the new client is available on their GitHub repository.
  • MapTiler highlighted their collaboration with the Swiss Federal Office of Topography swisstopo.

Did you know …

Other “geo” things

  • The US Air Force, concerned that adversaries might target its fleet of GPS satellites, is looking to the Earth’s magnetic field as an alternative, according to Defense One. Accurate and extremely difficult to jam, the magnetic field could be used as a means of navigation for ground troops, ships at sea, and even aircraft.
  • The new Garmin Montana 700 series appeared (de) > on the market with a 13 cm (5″) display.

Upcoming Events

Berlin146. Berlin-Brandenburg Stammtisch2020-08-14germany
Zurich120. Mapping-Party/OSM Meetup Zurich2020-08-15switzerland
Cologne Bonn Airport130. Bonner OSM-Stammtisch (Online)2020-08-18germany
LüneburgLüneburger Mappertreffen2020-08-18germany
Berlin14. OSM-Berlin-Verkehrswendetreffen (Online)2020-08-18germany
CologneKöln Stammtisch ggf. ONLINE2020-08-19germany
DerbyDerby pub meetup2020-08-25united kingdom
DüsseldorfDüsseldorfer OSM-Stammtisch2020-08-26germany
LondonMissing Maps London Mapathon2020-09-01united kingdom
StuttgartStuttgarter Stammtisch2020-09-02germany
Kandy2020 State of the Map Asia2020-10-31-2020-11-01sri lanka

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This weeklyOSM was produced by AnisKoutsi, MatthiasMatthias, Nakaner, Nordpfeil, NunoMASAzevedo, Polyglot, Rogehm, Guillaume Rischard (Stereo), TheSwavu, YoViajo, derFred, richter_fn.