weeklyOSM 623


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  • DeepL Pro now offers translations into Bahasa Indonesia. We have taken the liberty of automatically translating and publishing issue #623. We would like to do this better in the future. However, to do this, we need two proofreaders to make the necessary corrections starting Friday each week. Get in touch via info at weeklyosm dot eu.


  • Enock Seth Nyamador raised some concerns about the quality of YouthMappers’ edits in Ghana.
  • SK53 noted that in a number of countries Bing imagery in the iD editor is very out-of-date (5 years old or more). This appears to be the result of a recent change in iD’s code, and is discussed on GitHub.
  • Tobias Zwick wrote about another small project he will be working on over the next few months. It is made possible by an NLNet NGI Zero Discovery grant. Topic: how to improve and complete maxspeed=* data in OSM, including inferring default speed limits.
  • Requests have been made for comments on the following proposals:

  • Voting on amenity=library_dropoff, for mapping a place where library patrons can return or drop off books, other than the library itself, is open until Friday 8 July.
  • The proposal for the improved tagging of neighbourhood places (place=*) in Japan was approved with 14 votes for, 1 vote against, and 1 abstention.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • The OSM Tech Twitter account conducted a poll on whether OpenStreetMap should consider publishing a quarterly electronic newsletter. Although, at present, the poll is favourable, the thread highlights that there are a number of obstacles in producing such a newsletter.

Local chapter news

  • Take a look at the June OpenStreetMap US Newsletter.


  • The deadline for submitting a poster for this year’s State of the Map conference is Sunday 31 July.


  • Lilly Tinzmann reported that there have been features added to the Ohsome Quality Analyst, a data quality analysis tool for OSM accessible via a web interface. The new features include the ability to retrieve HTML snippets with a visual representation of the indicator results and expanded data input options.
  • Sarah Hoffmann blogged about the current status of postcodes in OpenStreetMap, explaining their usefulness and offering a QA layer for incorrectly formatted postcodes.
  • Visit Sights offers suggestions for self-guided sightseeing tours by foot around the world – based on OpenStreetMap and Wikipedia. For each city there is also an overview with individual sights including a map.

Did you know …

  • [1] … Qwant-Maps? We last reported on Qwant-Maps in July 2019. The map has been developed further since then. It draws on Tripadvisor for hotels and restaurants, and also links to Wikipedia, thus providing significant added value.
  • … Martijn van Exel has a bash script to create a vintage OpenStreetMap tile server?
  • … that Jason Davies, one of the contributors to the D3 graphics package, created a webpage demonstrating several dozen map projections of the Earth with smooth transitions between each?

Other “geo” things

  • Ariel Kadouri saw that a road in Google Maps was renamed incorrectly. Something that is said to be a problem of an open system like OSM, not a closed system like Google Maps, which is not true evidently. Noel Hidalgo said he had a friend who filed a ticket at Google, which solved the issue after about 36 hours.
  • User F-5 System made (ru) a pilgrimage to a chapel at the reputed source of the Lena River in Northern Russia. It turns out that, as with many large rivers, the source is a contentious issue.

Upcoming Events

    Where What Online When Country
    Washington A Synesthete’s Atlas (Washington, DC) osmcalpic 2022-07-01 flag
    Essen 17. OSM-FOSSGIS-Communitytreffen osmcalpic 2022-07-01 – 2022-07-03 flag
    OSM Africa July Mapathon: Map Liberia osmcalpic 2022-07-01
    OSMF Engineering Working Group meeting osmcalpic 2022-07-04
    臺北市 OpenStreetMap x Wikidata Taipei #42 osmcalpic 2022-07-04 flag
    San Jose South Bay Map Night osmcalpic 2022-07-06 flag
    London Missing Maps London Mapathon osmcalpic 2022-07-05 flag
    Berlin OSM-Verkehrswende #37 (Online) osmcalpic 2022-07-05 flag
    Salt Lake City OSM Utah Monthly Meetup osmcalpic 2022-07-07 flag
    Roma Incontro dei mappatori romani e laziali osmcalpic 2022-07-06 flag
    Fremantle Social Mapping Sunday: Fremantle osmcalpic 2022-07-10 flag
    München Münchner OSM-Treffen osmcalpic 2022-07-12 flag
    Berlin Missing Maps – GRC Online Mapathon osmcalpic 2022-07-12 flag
    20095 Hamburger Mappertreffen osmcalpic 2022-07-12 flag
    London London pub meet-up osmcalpic 2022-07-12 flag
    Landau an der Isar Virtuelles Niederbayern-Treffen osmcalpic 2022-07-12 flag
    Salt Lake City OSM Utah Monthly Meetup osmcalpic 2022-07-14 flag
    153. Treffen des OSM-Stammtisches Bonn osmcalpic 2022-07-19
    City of Nottingham OSM East Midlands/Nottingham meetup (online) osmcalpic 2022-07-19 flag
    Lüneburg Lüneburger Mappertreffen (online) osmcalpic 2022-07-19 flag

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This weeklyOSM was produced by JAAS, Lejun, LuxuryCoop, Nordpfeil, PierZen, SK53, Strubbl, TheSwavu, derFred.