- EOX IT Services has published the 2021 update of their cloudless images version of the ESA’s Sentinel-2 Earth observation satellites programme (10 m resolution) data last week. These images are particularly useful for observing changes in land cover. The EOX cloudless Sentinel-2 images (2018 to 2021) are available in JOSM and need to be activated from the Imagery → Imagery preferences menu and can be used to update OpenStreetMap.For more details about developments from this project, see the EOX blogpost.
- Dcapillae presented > , in his diary, a map of the rubbish and recycling bins in the municipality of Málaga, now present in OSM thanks to a recent import.
- Martijn van Exel wrote, in his blog, about Microsoft’s machine-generated dataset of building footprints for the United States, created some years ago, and the benefits and problems related to making use of it.
- bgo_eiu gave their thoughts on mapping bus stops shared between overlapping operators’ networks, resulting in multiple signs and references.
- Requests have been made for comments on the following proposals:
- Voting on the US county, city and local highway networks tagging proposal is open until Wednesday 8 June.
- Martijn van Exel is asking for ideas, on Twitter, to make OSM more helpful for people and is getting a lot of feedback.
- Late last month, the Africa GeoConvo Podcast sat down with Tommy Charles, of OSM Sierra Leone, to talk about how YouthMappers is encouraging the next generation of mappers.
- The OpenStreetMap Taiwan Community (OSMTW) is pleased to announce that it has secured an alliance grant from the Wikimedia Foundation, which has been used to purchase two Insta360 One X2 cameras with accessories, and to support related workshops scheduled from March 2022 until February 2023. OSMTW is dedicated to organising at least six street-view expeditions and six edit workshops.
Local chapter news
- OpenStreetMap US Trails Working Group members are thoroughly tagging trails in three different areas of Washington State. The richer tagging in these areas will allow navigational app developers to test out improved map rendering showing different types of trails and paths.
-  OpenSchoolMaps.ch has created > this particularly descriptive guide for students and other interested parties on how to map the environment themselves.
- Paul Uithol, Jessica Pechmann, Ivan Gayton and Shazmane Mandjee Rehamtula shared HOT and the wider humanitarian community thinking about ethical and practical considerations of mapping in conflict areas.
- OSM Live Changes is a fully turnable globe displaying changesets as red dots.
- Robhubi described > how he optimises the map layout for city trips.
- OpenSnowMap has moved its API from Osmosis to Osm2pgsql, resulting in a major performance improvement in the request response delay.
- Christoph Hormann shared an update on his insights and reflections about the OpenStreetMap Carto Project.
- OsmAnd 4.2 has been released for iOS. It comes with a new map style, improved track management, categorised public transport routes, and displays running routes (OSM tags
Did you know …
- the Latest Changes tool? It displays the most recent changes in your region, allowing better data reviews.
- … StreetFerret? It encourages you to explore your city through running. It uses OpenStreetMap data to analyse how many streets of your city you have completed.
Other “geo” things
- Microsoft has released a new update of Planetary Computer with many new datasets, API enhancements, and updates to libraries.
- Approximator explained > how to create a time-lapse video using Mapillary photos.
- Florian Lohoff showed how he attached a camera to an electric scooter to record street-level imagery for Mapillary.
- In the age of the Internet and GPS, Jean-Louis Rheault, a cartographer-illustrator in Montréal, continues to practise > the same way he has for the past 40 years with cartography as an art form. Cartography-illustration dates back to antiquity and continues to this day with illustrations on maps based on the same idea: ‘to orient and make people want to visit a place by highlighting its attractions’.
- Two young ladies, from Bulgaria, followed > their navigation app on an electric kick scooter trip and ended up on an Autobahn near Munich.
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