weeklyOSM 628


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OnWheels map in MapComplete [1] | © MapComplete | map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Breaking news

  • The OpenStreetMap project will turn 18 on or around Tuesday 9 August 2022. If you have a birthday event to announce or want to post photos from your celebrations you can add them to the wiki page.

Mapping campaigns

  • An item, in last week’s weeklyOSM, about classifying data quality in OSM triggered a brief discussion on the HOT talking list.
  • People from TomTom have put together a series of MapRoulette tasks and shared them with the Chilean, Maltese, Slovenian, and other communities. Elsewhere, TomTom’s own editing has been criticised for making incorrect edits.


  • Anne-Karoline Distel published new videos describing how to map thatched roofs and how to tag a variety of roof:material on the one building.
  • Patrik_B shared his workflow and tips for validating multiple tasks at once using JOSM and a number of plugins.


  • The next OSM-FOSSGIS community meeting is planned (de) > en to be held on the weekend of 16 to 18 September at the Linuxhotel in Essen. Travel is at your own expense; accommodation and meals will be provided by the the FOSSGIS Association, the German local chapter of OSM.
  • User AwoowoArne, from Germany, is the UN Mapper of the Month.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • The OWG, the operational group that manages the OSMF servers, showed the board-approved version of their 2022 (Q3–Q4) budget.
  • The OSMF Board is running an ‘Ask Us Anything’ at SotM, and is looking for questions.

Local chapter news

  • OpenStreetMap US’s July newsletter has been published.
  • OpenStreetMap Poland has signed (pl) > en a cooperation agreement with the Internet portal gisplay.pl (pl) which will promote OSM and modern map solutions based on OSM data.


  • The OpenSteetMap community in Kerala held their Meetup 2022, which took place on Sunday 31 July in Kochi. Around 30 mappers across Kerala state participated. Presentations and hands-on sections on were devoted to mapping public transport and local government bodies.The meeting was reported by The Hindu, and Florian Lainez, of Jungle Bus, tweeted highlights of the day.

OSM research

  • Mohammed Rizwan Khan reported on the development of a lite-mode ohsomeHeX application for smaller-screen mobile devices. Though the application will have limited functionality on smaller screens, it will still allow mobile users to get an overview of current OSM topics on the go.


  • Luxembourg’s Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn is cycling from Luxembourg to Saint Maxime, in Provence (over the top of Mont Ventoux!), and he used OpenStreetMap to plan his journey.
  • New instructions for setting up a rendering server on Ubuntu 22.04 were published when that version of Ubuntu was released. In a diary entry, SomeoneElse explained that setting up replication with osm2pgsql or PyOsmium and monitoring with munin is much easier now, as Ubuntu provides up to date packages for osm2pgsql and osmium, so that a manual build from source is not needed any more.



  • Roland Olbricht has released Docker containers to run the Overpass API. Instructions for installing these are available here.


Did you know …

  • … we left some options out in last week’s list of tools for contributing to OSM? Go Map!! is available on iPhone (thank you for the kind comments from @Notna M and @Tordans) and OsmApp for Android, iOS and Web. Felipe says on Telegram ‘On Chrome, Firefox and Safari you can download the Progressive App directly from its page’. We also recommend checking Wambacher’s SoftwareWatchlist.
  • … all the best alternatives to the various Google services? This list (fr) > en, by the French Clubic web magazine, contains a section about Google Maps alternatives. OpenStreetMap and its ecosystem are placed at the top of the list of alternatives.

Other “geo” things

Upcoming Events

CsömörOSM 18th birthday hiking & survey in Csömör osmcalpic2022-08-06flag
CayambeNotathon en OpenStreetMap – resolvamos notas de Cayambé, Ecuador osmcalpic2022-08-06flag
OSM Africa August Mapathon: Map Rwanda osmcalpic2022-08-06
新北市OpenStreetMap 街景踏查團 #3 osmcalpic2022-08-07flag
WashingtonMappingDC Mappy Hour osmcalpic2022-08-10flag
HamburgHamburger Mappertreffen osmcalpic2022-08-09flag
Köln25. Stammtisch Köln osmcalpic2022-08-10flag
Salt Lake CityOSM Utah Monthly Meetup osmcalpic2022-08-11flag
MünchenMünchner OSM-Treffen osmcalpic2022-08-10flag
Zürich143. OSM-Stammtisch osmcalpic2022-08-11flag
Berlin170. Berlin-Brandenburg OpenStreetMap Stammtisch osmcalpic2022-08-12flag
PerthSocial mapping Sunday: Claisebrook to Optus Statium osmcalpic2022-08-14flag
WindsorStreetComplete Group Quest osmcalpic2022-08-16flag
OSMF Engineering Working Group meeting osmcalpic2022-08-15
臺北市OpenStreetMap x Wikidata Taipei #43 osmcalpic2022-08-15flag
San JoseSouth Bay Map Night osmcalpic2022-08-17flag
154. Treffen des OSM-Stammtisches Bonn osmcalpic2022-08-16
LüneburgLüneburger Mappertreffen (online) osmcalpic2022-08-16flag
FirenzeState of the Map 2022 osmcalpic2022-08-19 – 2022-08-21flag
FirenzeFOSS4G 2022 osmcalpic2022-08-22 – 2022-08-28flag
BremenBremer Mappertreffen (Online) osmcalpic2022-08-22flag
City of NottinghamOSM East Midlands/Nottingham meetup (online) osmcalpic2022-08-23flag
City of NottinghamOSM East Midlands/Nottingham meetup (online) osmcalpic2022-08-23flag
IJmuidenOSM Nederland bijeenkomst (online) osmcalpic2022-08-24flag

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This weeklyOSM was produced by MatthiasMatthias, PierZen, SK53, SomeoneElse, Strubbl, TheSwavu, conradoos, derFred.