weeklyOSM 604


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uMap Mobile phone antennas in Portugal [1] © OpenStreetMap contributors

Breaking news

Mapping campaigns

  • dricardo023 and Alexmol, from the OSM Portugal community, announced on Telegram the creation of an easy and intuitive uMap of the Portuguese telecom antennas with their locations and commercial operators. To help with mapping, the wiki page (pt) > en with the tag communication:mobile_phone was translated into Portuguese.
  • The OSM Switzerland Project of the Month for February and March 2022 is ‘Fixing FIXMEs in OpenStreetMap by resolving the reported problems and removing them’. This time the challenge aims for a statistic curve pointing down – not up! Menu is available in German, English and French.


  • ttomasz recently made a pull request to the openstreetmap-carto GitHub project to render amenity=parcel_locker in the OSM-Carto style, and asked for suggestions from local communities by sending a message to several active country subforums.
  • eternaltyro explained how he found an OverpassQL script for downloading, into JOSM, only relevant data about roads used by buses and bus stops. This enables work on mapping and maintaining public transport route relations to cover a much larger area (the metropolis of Chennai). Commenters provided some additional hints about Overpass as well.
  • Guillaume Rischard wrote how a bit of light mapping in Luxembourg City can help when he misses his home town.
  • Voting is underway for the following proposals:
    • transformer=* to refine power transformers’ classification to make it clearer and remove redundancy with substation=* until Monday 21 February
    • boundary=forest a tagging scheme for forest boundaries (managed or unmanaged forests) until Sunday 27 February.


  • A newcomer to OpenStreetMap asked in the forum ‘What do you guys use these maps for?’ and got lots of different answers.
  • OSMF Board Member Tobias Knerr posted a draft resolution defining prerequistes for membership on the OSMF mailing list. He asked for feedback. The board were asked to draft such a resolution at the 2020 AGM.
  • OpenCage published an interview with Abdoullah ibn Ismaïl about OpenStreetMap in Guinea.
  • Alessandra Figueiredo, Elena Veríssimo and Samara Franco, members of a favela mapping collective in Morro do Preventório (Brazil), published a guest post on the HOT blog on how and why they are making sure that their community is represented on the map.
  • OSM Fukushima members have released videos introducing weeklyOSM 598, 599 and 600 (ja). They also explained how to choose the best satellite images and generate a 3D model with Blender.

Local chapter news

  • Here are the results of the OpenStreetMap United States Board Elections 2022. Congratulations to everyone who took part!
  • State of the Map US 2022 published the programme for their event, which will be held from 1 to 3 April in Tucson, Arizona.


  • Strubbl has written (de) > en an easy-to-follow tutorial for Linux users that shows how to generate maps using the map-machine renderer (which we reported earlier) by Sergey Vartanov (aka Enzet). Strubbl’s tutorial gives instructions on how to install Docker, covers cloning the repository, building the Docker image, and explains in great detail the commands to generate the map.


  • Richard Fairhurst mentioned, on Twitter, that Strava (which uses OSM-based maps) had a ‘Points of Interest FAQ’ that previously suggested to business owners that they could delete things from OpenStreetMap if they didn’t want them to appear on Strava’s Maps. Strava responded quickly to Richard and revised the content of the FAQ. Additionally, their ‘help improve…‘ page is a great introduction to OSM editing for Strava people.


  • Turkish high speed trains use OSM data, now with attribution to OSM.


  • OsmAnd tweeted that due to a problem on the servers this month, the generation of maps will not take place until 15 February. If you updated or downloaded the maps for February, please delete and download the maps again.
  • Russian firefighters maintain (ru) > en a water supply database that can be exported in kmz format to be used by many applications. For mobile use they suggest switching (ru) > en to OSM-based OrganicMaps as a better alternative to Maps.Me.


  • yuiseki is developing (ja) a program that generates an OSM vector map of a specified region and publishes it on GitHub pages.
  • Richard Ulmer started a discussion on the ‘dev’ mailing list about the possibility of adding indexing to OSM PBF files.
  • osmf (not the best name) is a simple command line tool, written in Golang, to explore OpenStreetMap databases that were created locally using osm2pgsql.
  • A pull request by mathisloge added official CMake support to Mapnik. Furthermore, Mapnik can now be built in Windows again.


  • OpenMapTiles v3.13 has been released and the most significant changes this time are in the transportation layer.

Did you know …

  • … the routing analysis views in OSRM for bike and car?

OSM in the media

  • An article in Il Fatto Quotidiano discussed (it) > en a map of Milan’s bike lanes, created from OpenStreetMap data.

Other “geo” things

  • The daily word puzzle ‘Wordle’ is a recent internet sensation. Now you can test your geographical knowledge with Worldle, which also offers you six chances to guess correctly.

Upcoming Events

Where What Online When Country
Grenoble Atelier du groupe local OSM Grenoble osmcalpic 2022-02-21 flag
OSMF Engineering Working Group meeting osmcalpic 2022-02-21
City of Nottingham OSM East Midlands/Nottingham meetup (online) osmcalpic 2022-02-22 flag
[Online] OpenStreetMap Foundation board of Directors – public videomeeting osmcalpic 2022-02-24
Bratislava Missing Maps mapathon Slovakia online #6 osmcalpic 2022-02-24 flag
IJmuiden OSM Nederland bijeenkomst (online) osmcalpic 2022-02-26 flag
Puerto López Notathon en OpenStreetMap – resolvamos notas de Latinoamérica osmcalpic 2022-02-26 flag
Bremen Bremer Mappertreffen (Online) osmcalpic 2022-02-28 flag
San Jose South Bay Map Night osmcalpic 2022-03-02 flag
London Missing Maps London Mapathon osmcalpic 2022-03-01 flag
Landau an der Isar Virtuelles Niederbayern-Treffen osmcalpic 2022-03-01 flag
Stuttgart Stuttgarter Stammtisch (Online) osmcalpic 2022-03-01 flag
Xexéu Mapathona na Cidade Xexéu – PE -Brasil – Edifícios, Estradas, Pontos de Interesses e Área Verde osmcalpic 2022-03-05 – 2022-03-06 flag
Bogotá Distrito Capital – Municipio OpenDataDay – Mapeando el barrio Nicolás de Federmán de Bogotá, Colombia osmcalpic 2022-03-05 flag
Marburg FOSSGIS 2022 osmcalpic 2022-03-09 – 2022-03-12 flag
Michigan Michigan Meetup osmcalpic 2022-03-10 flag

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This weeklyOSM was produced by Elizabete, Nordpfeil, PierZen, SK53, SomeoneElse, Strubbl, TheSwavu, YoViajo, derFred, muramototomoya.