weeklyOSM 633


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RFC for man_made=graduation_tower [1] © CC BY-SA 4.0 Andrzej Otrębski

About us

  • We are pleased to be able to offer two more languages from issue #632 onwards: Bahasa Indonesia and Russian. weeklyOSM now informs local OSM communities about the happenings in the OSM world in a total of 15 languages.


  • Requests have been made for comments on the following proposals:
    • pedagogy=* to denote the educational theory (or pedagogy) of an element, especially schools or kindergartens.
    • man_made=graduation_tower for mapping the structures used in the production of salt which remove water from a saline solution by evaporation, increasing its concentration of mineral salts.
  • Voting is underway for the following proposals:
    • to deprecate departures_board=realtime and promote instead passenger_information_display=yes, until Friday 16 September.
    • crossing:markings=*, for mapping the existence and style of pedestrian crossing markings, until Saturday 17 September.
  • CasGroenigen created the 10 billionth node (10,000,000,000) in OSM on 4 September. The node is part of a house in the city of Fort Collins, Colorado, United States. Interestingly, this node caused problems with some of the Geofabrik’s free shapefiles. This is because the Geofabrik .dbf file limits the ID length to 10 digits, while this node has an ID length of 11 digits.
  • An IDN Times journalist has produced a podcast about OSM mapping for Situ/lake conservation in Jabodetabekpunjur, Indonesia.
  • rtnf published his opinion regarding localised styles and vector tiles.
  • Jochen Topf presented his proposal for changes to the OSM data model at the State of the Map 2022. If you would like to participate in the discussion of the new OSM data model, you can do so in the GitHub discussion forum.
  • Christoph Hormann explained his thoughts on the planned changes to OpenStreetMap’s data model.
  • After a long discussion that has stalled several times since 2009, Belarusian OpenStreetMap contributors have again proposed using Belarusian as the official language of the Belarusian OSM, replacing Russian. A mass editing bot has been set up to perform this migration. They are currently waiting for community member voting results before running the bot.
  • Amanda McCann has created a data visualisation of the growth of the building tag in Ireland from 2007 to the present.


  • Following a debate regarding the definition of service=driveway, as we reported earlier, an OSM user has proposed a new alternative tagging scheme: driveway2 for better routing. Others have proposed instead a mass deletion of the service=driveaway2 tag in OSM.
  • Two personalities who have helped shape the OpenStreetMap ecosystem, while working for business partners in recent years, each share some personal thoughts: Randy Meech and Mikel Maron.
  • The Geomob London Meetup will take place on Wednesday 28 September at the Ordnance Survey Geovation Hub. As usual, the meeting will feature several talks about innovations in the geospatial field. If you are planning to attend this event, please complete the registration form. Those unable to attend the conference can receive a summary of the conference by joining the Geomob mailing list.
  • Bartosz Racławski , from Poland, is the UN Mapper of the Month for September.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • The development team of osm2pgsql, a command line tool for converting OSM data into the PostgreSQL/PostGIS format, received a test server grant from FOSSGIS e.V., the German local chapter of the OSMF.
  • The OpenStreetMap tile server address has changed to https://tile.openstreetmap.org. The new tile server supports HTTP/2 + HTTP/3 and has a higher cache hit ratio than the previous tile server. Applications still using the old OSM tile server url ((a|b|c).tile.openstreetmap.org / (a|b|c|).tile.osm.org) should switch to the new format immediately, as the old urls may be deactivated at any time.
  • FOSSGIS and the German OpenStreetMap community were invited by the German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier to participate in the Citizens’ Festival at Bellevue Palace. This event was held to honour citizens who actively participate in various voluntary activities.

Local chapter news

  • The August newsletter of OpenStreetMap US has been published.


  • Some OpenStreetMap users have shared their personal experiences of the SotM 2022, held in Florence, Italy.


  • Anne-Karoline Distel explained how to map blacksmith workshops on OpenStreetMap. In the video she explained that there are many forges in Ireland that now have the status of historic buildings. In the old days, there were forges along main roads in Ireland that were used to repair broken horseshoes.


  • The French government provides information on the net about fuel prices at petrol stations in France. It uses OSM for this and even uses the © reference correctly. Recommended for imitation.
  • In his latest video, Luke Smith, a well-known privacy advocate, gave his opinion about smartphones vs privacy. At the end of the video (16:00 min), he said that ‘the only Google software that is better than the free and open source variety is Google Maps’, as opposed to OpenStreetMap which he deemed to be lacking in its search features.
  • IT security blogger SwiftOnSecurity recommended checking OpenStreetMap data if deliveries or people have trouble finding your home. The reason is that OSM powers many routing engines.


  • The August release of Organic Maps is available for iOS and Android. Routing performance was improved for long routes and total ascent and descent is now displayed for the route. New icons were added for different sport POIs. Information about OpenStreetMap as a map source was added to the splash screen.
  • BRouter was featured on the HackerNews front page.
  • As a work in progress, jmsbert listed the JOSM plugins that they consider useful.
  • woheller69 has published LavSeeker on F-Droid. The application lists the toilets nearest to you that are mapped in OpenStreetMap.
  • Samuel Manu, perhaps better known in OSM as sammyhawkrad, tweeted about new updates to the OsmoseStats tool he built. You can now see the number of OSM issues per country/region and also view the list of individual issues with hyperlinks on the charts.
  • Altilunium has released OSM Pantau, an OpenStreetMap recent change monitoring system. See the live demo here, click the blue button to refresh. Find out how it works here.

Other “geo” things

  • The French government is using (de) satellite data to locate illegal swimming pools.
  • Achim Sawall reported how he was misled by Google Maps on a bike tour from Berlin to Lübbenau.
  • Chloé Woitier, from LeFigaro newspaper, reported on the launch by Google of its fuel-saving itinerary function, based on automatic learning from data including those collected by the map application itself.
  • The Wall Street Journal has published a video explaining the technology used by Google Maps.

Upcoming Events

OSMF Engineering Working Group meeting osmcalpic2022-09-12
Ville de Bruxelles – Stad BrusselAfterwork meetup OSM + OSgeo osmcalpic2022-09-13flag
HamburgHamburger Mappertreffen osmcalpic2022-09-13flag
San JoseSouth Bay Map Night osmcalpic2022-09-14flag
KortrijkDigiPinguïns: OpenStreetMap osmcalpic2022-09-13flag
Großarl6. Virtueller OpenStreetMap Stammtisch Österreich osmcalpic2022-09-14flag
Chippewa TownshipMichigan Meetup osmcalpic2022-09-15flag
BolognaWikiaperitivo del buon rientro a Bologna (per OSMer e wikimediani) osmcalpic2022-09-15flag
Град КикиндаOpenStreetMap x Pionir #1 osmcalpic2022-09-17flag
Ballerup KommuneOSM DK Konference osmcalpic2022-09-17flag
DublinOpenStreetMap Ireland AGM osmcalpic2022-09-17flag
PeyruisCartopartie à Peyruis osmcalpic2022-09-17flag
臺北市第四次 OpenStreetMap 街景踏查團工作坊 osmcalpic2022-09-18flag
PacéAtelier participatif « Recensement des commerces » osmcalpic2022-09-20flag
ZürichOSM-Stammtisch osmcalpic2022-09-20flag
155. Treffen des OSM-Stammtisches Bonn osmcalpic2022-09-20
City of NottinghamOSM East Midlands/Nottingham meetup (online) osmcalpic2022-09-20flag
LüneburgLüneburger Mappertreffen (online) osmcalpic2022-09-20flag
RomaIncontro dei mappatori romani e laziali osmcalpic2022-09-21flag
Miniac-sous-BécherelAtelier participatif « Recensement des commerces » osmcalpic2022-09-22flag
[Online] OpenStreetMap Foundation board of Directors – public videomeeting osmcalpic2022-09-22
La Virgen5ta reunión bimestral de OSM Latinoamérica osmcalpic2022-09-24flag
Cisterna d’AstiIncontro mapper astigiani osmcalpic2022-09-24flag
KarlsruheKarlsruhe Hack Weekend osmcalpic2022-09-24 – 2022-09-25flag
GentOpenTechTalks: OpenStreetMap osmcalpic2022-09-26flag
ArlonRéunion des contributeurs OpenStreetMap, Arlon (Belgium) osmcalpic2022-09-26flag
San JoseSouth Bay Map Night osmcalpic2022-09-28flag
DerbyOSM East Midlands/Nottingham meetup osmcalpic2022-09-27flag
LondonGeomob London osmcalpic2022-09-28flag
Vern-sur-SeicheAtelier participatif « Recensement des commerces » osmcalpic2022-09-29flag
DüsseldorfDüsseldorfer OpenStreetMap-Treffen osmcalpic2022-09-30flag
BengaluruHacktoberfest 2022 osmcalpic2022-09-30 – 2022-10-31flag
Villa de CosNotathon en OpenStreetMap – resolvamos notas de México osmcalpic2022-10-01flag

If you like to see your event here, please put it into the OSM calendar. Only data which is there, will appear in weeklyOSM.

This weeklyOSM was produced by Lejun, MatthiasMatthias, PierZen, SK53, Strubbl, TheSwavu, YoViajo, derFred, rtnf.
We welcome link suggestions for the next issue via this form and look forward to your contributions.

8 Replies to “weeklyOSM 633”

  1. Around 9 billion nodes have been created in OSM not 10 billion, as has been pointed out at essentially every occasion similar fake news has turned up, ids are pre-allocated and often not used. Please please improve your fact checking.

    1. Thank you for pointing out this detail. We have way too less people to “fact check” and are always happy to get more proof-readers, who have the knowledge to identify such issues. Please send a mail to info@weeklyosm.eu and we can get you an account in the OSMBC

    2. I’m sorry. I thought that the existence of’th node is implying that OSM already has 10 billion nodes. Could you please give me details regarding “id pre-allocation”? I dont know about that.

  2. Hey hey, thanks for featuring me in the weeklyosm with node 10Billion.

    Ps. My name is misspelled, it’s CasGroenigen not CasGroeningen.

  3. In polish version of this newsletter “zdeprecjonowanie” is used, but that’s not a correct translation for the word “deprecate” which i think was used in original.