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CycleStreets’ “how to map low-traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs)” [1]

Breaking news

  • Three part-time positions are open with Trufi Association using OSM for public transport solutions. Applications are open until Sunday 8 August for an Administrative Coordinator, a Business Development Manager, and a Marketing and Communications Expert.

Mapping campaigns


  • Robin Lovelace wondered about how to map low-traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) on OSM. There was lots of advice on Twitter, and GinaroZ created a wiki page summarising mapping recommendations.
  • [1] … and CycleStreets followed up with their own detailed blog post.
  • Some members of the OSM Discord channel have questioned the use of source=Google on various elements mapped in Haiti in January 2010. As Mikel Maron explains, this usage was explicitly permitted during the response to the 2010 Port-au-Prince Earthquake, and is documented on the wiki.
  • The somewhat vexed issue of German names in Poland has been raised again on the forum. Reference was made to the German ‘Standing Committee for Geographical Names’ (StAGN), which has a list of German exonyms (de)/(en), and the corresponding Polish institution (KSNG).
  • Trufi’s SotM presentation on their approach to mapping public transport in Nouakchott, Mauritania is now online.
  • Voting for man_made=video_wall, to map digital outdoor screens, is underway until Friday 6 August.
  • Joel Reid asked, on OSM Help, how to map a range of buildings he encountered whilst doing some remote mapping in Nigeria.
  • Reddit user Larken Young asked ‘Which part of a way that is split keeps the history?’. The answers only discuss how JOSM does it.


  • Frederik Ramm reported (de) > en in the forum how a misspelled street name in OSM led to the discovery of two websites that use OSM data without attribution. The two were admonished by FOSSGIS.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • The LCCWG Moderation subcommittee is seeking feedback on its DRAFT Process for Moderation, which would apply to both osmf-talk and talk mailing lists. Discussion is open for comments on the OSM wiki until Wednesday 18 August.
  • In the context of maintenance of the iD editor, former maintainer, Bryan Housel made some strong allegations regarding change of maintainer.


  • Geofabrik extends an invitation to the next OSM Hack Weekend in Karlsruhe on 18 and 19 September. Registration on the wiki is required.


  • Alexander Tolksdorf is the creator of ‘Elektroauto Ladestationen in Deutschland’, a web application that shows charging stations for electric cars in Germany. There is also an app for Android and iOS.
  • Back in 2017 Topi Tjukanow wrote a guide to animating routes with QGIS. Using this tutorial, Joe Davies has created his ‘Optimal routes from Madrid to 800 locations across mainland Spain’.


  • NextPit reviewed (de) > en the new Autobahn app released by Autobahn GmbH des Bundes (the state owned corporation that is responsible for German motorways), noting its advantages and disadvantages. After all, ‘© OpenStreetMap’ appears in the map view. That’s something. App menu entries are only in German.


  • Zohaib summarised progress made on their Google Summer of Code project over the last 5–6 weeks.

Did you know …

  • … the flosm OSM theme maps and the site (de) > en to create your own individual map themes?
  • … the open source geo data search engine Geoseer? The query for ‘OpenStreetMap’ returns this record.
  • … there is a list of OSM-based services? This is an alphabetically ordered list of projects and websites that use OpenStreetMap data. An example is the multilingual Historic Place, which offers worldwide rendering of all historical tags within OSM and additional special maps.
  • … that 237 ventilation shafts of the London Underground metro have been mapped on OSM?

Other “geo” things

  • Mapbox Horizon (Beta), now being distributed with the Navigation SDK V2, predictively delivers relevant roadway information to drivers, such as speed limits, incidents, congestion, or developer-defined custom datasets such as parking spot availability.
  • Steve Mouzon compared the similar sized areas of a freeway interchange in Atlanta with the medieval and renaissance core of the city of Florence.
  • For the cities of Gdańsk and Gdynia there are (pl) > de new road, rail, industrial and aircraft noise maps. Click here (pl) > de to go to the noise monitoring portal.
  • Twitter user Uputronics spotted that GPS is currently broadcasting that a zero second leap second will happen in about four months’ time. This is due to the ‘drought’ of leap seconds and it will have been 256 weeks since the last one was added on 31 December 2016. The same thing also happened in 2003.
  • Tomasz Larczyński, in an article for Trojmiasto.pl, described (pl) > en his quest to find the true source of the river Strzyża in Gdańsk, giving us a tour of historical maps and conducting a field survey.

Upcoming Events

Where What Online When Country
OSM Africa Monthly Mapathon: Map Nigeria osmcalpic 2021-07-02 – 2021-08-02
CARMERA Disability Independence Day Mapathon osmcalpic 2021-07-26 – 2021-08-06
臺北市 COSCUP 2021 OpenStreetMap x Wikidata 開放內容議程軌 osmcalpic 2021-07-31 flag
名古屋市 まちデータ@ナゴヤヒサヤ osmcalpic 2021-07-31 jp
Ogresgala pagasts Ogresgala kartēšanas pasākums osmcalpic 2021-07-31 flag
Bogotá Distrito Capital Resolver notas de Bogotá creadas en OpenStreetMap osmcalpic 2021-07-31 flag
京都市 京都!街歩き!マッピングパーティ:第25回 大徳寺 osmcalpic 2021-08-01 jp
Open Mapping Hub Asia Pacific: Bangladesh National Dialogue osmcalpic 2021-08-02
City of Westminster Missing Maps London Mapathon osmcalpic 2021-08-03 flag
Landau an der Isar Virtuelles Niederbayern-Treffen osmcalpic 2021-08-03 flag
Stuttgart Stuttgarter Stammtisch (Online) osmcalpic 2021-08-03 flag
Nordrhein-Westfalen OSM-Treffen Bochum osmcalpic 2021-08-05 flag
OSM Africa Monthly Mapathon: Map Tanzania osmcalpic 2021-08-06
POI Community Meet Up osmcalpic 2021-08-06
名古屋市 まちデータ@名古屋伏見 osmcalpic 2021-08-07 – 2021-08-08 jp
臺北市 OpenStreetMap x Wikidata Taipei #31 osmcalpic 2021-08-09 flag
Hamburg Hamburger Mappertreffen osmcalpic 2021-08-10 flag
Zürich OSM-Treffen Zürich osmcalpic 2021-08-11 flag
München Münchner OSM-Treffen osmcalpic 2021-08-11 flag
OpenStreetMap Michigan Meetup osmcalpic 2021-08-13
Eberswalde 158. Berlin-Brandenburg OpenStreetMap Stammtisch osmcalpic 2021-08-13 flag
HOTOSM Training Webinar Series: Beginner iD osmcalpic 2021-08-14
Bonn 142. Treffen des OSM-Stammtisches Bonn osmcalpic 2021-08-17 flag
Lüneburg Lüneburger Mappertreffen (online) osmcalpic 2021-08-17 flag
Köln Stammtisch Köln osmcalpic 2021-08-18 flag

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This weeklyOSM was produced by Nordpfeil, PierZen, RicoElectrico, SK53, Sammyhawkrad, TheSwavu, YoViajo, derFred, s8321414.