weeklyOSM 635


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How to use Every Door [1] | © Ilya Zverik | map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

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  • The French city of Rennes, announced that it is hosting three mapping parties, during which citizens will be helped in adding shops to OpenStreetMap.
  • Pieter Vander announced that now MapComplete is able to detect tree species automatically by using PlantNet.org API, making it easier to link a tree to its correct species while mapping tree location on OpenStreetMap.
  • Requests have been made for comments on the following proposal:
  • Voting on the following proposal has closed :
    • crossing:markings, to declare the existence and style of pedestrian crossing markings, was approved with 29 votes for, 1 vote against and 3 abstentions.
  • Voting is underway for the following proposal:


  • OSM user Mannivu wrote > a diary entry on how to upload pictures to Wikimedia Commons, create a Wikidata element, create a Wikimedia Commons category, link a Wikidata element and a Commons category, and insert those data into OSM.
  • Martijn van Exel wondered why there is no search form for OSM diaries. Commenters explained how to use your favourite search engine for that.


  • Katja Haferkorn announced that a workshop on the topic of OpenStreetMap indoor tagging will be held 14 to 16 October in Frankfurt am Main.
  • Some statistical figures on the recent SotM in Florence for you.

Humanitarian OSM

  • Adam Rousell announced that HeiGIT has activated the Disaster openrouteservice in the region of Pakistan in response to the severe monsoonal flooding the country has experienced in recent weeks. Currently, data is being updated every 10 minutes to reflect the dynamic situation and affected infrastructure.



  • Deutsche Bahn is using OSM in their passenger information system. It tracks the train’s current speed, position and schedule and informs passengers of points of interest that can be found along the route. Recommended for imitation.

Open Data

  • GwenCarto gave a tutorial on NoiseModelling using OSM data.
  • The state of Sachen Anhalt, Germany has released a 20 cm resolution digital surface model as open data (via Twitter). The licence allows using the data to improve OSM.


  • Harry Wood published an article to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Open Database License (ODbL), the licence of OpenStreetMap’s data. The ODbL was created in response to several issues regarding the unsuitability of CC BY-SA licences when applied to map data.
  • Andres Gomez Casanova has published two Spanish-language videos in which he explains the incompatibility of ODbL and CC-BY:
    • The problem of attribution.
    • The use of DRM in derivative works where ODbL allows it but CC-BY does not.

    They expand on an article from 10 April (we reported earlier).


  • [1] Ilya Zverik published a tutorial for his Every Door OpenStreetMap editor (for POIs and entrances) along with the release of version 2.0 of the software. Downloads are available for Android and iOS. Release notes are on GitHub.
  • Arno Wolter, one of the three founders and CEO of the Initiative for Safer Roads, talked about their new project Gefahrenstellen.de, which seeks to help parents and schoolchildren select the path to school with the least traffic and risk. The project uses HeiGIT’s openrouteservice as a routing service, which in turn uses OSM data.
  • Altilunium has released Pataddress, an open-source alternative to what3words (but with four words instead) with a built-in word frequency analyser to build a custom word database in your own language.
  • GraphHopper has released version 6.0 of their routing engine. This update offers faster route calculation, more flexibility, better instructions, and developer documentation.
  • HeiGIT, the Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology, reported that a building completeness indicator has been added to the ohsome quality analyst. This indicator uses proxy variables to predict the expected area of buildings in a given area of interest and then compares this prediction to the total area of buildings currently mapped in OSM.
  • Marcel Reinmuth wrote that the Open Healthcare Access Map has now achieved global coverage. The Open Healthcare Access Map uses OpenStreetMap, HeiGIT’s openrouteservice, and WorldPop to estimate the number of people living within a certain distance of a healthcare facility. The data is also available on the Humanitarian Data Exchange.
  • The RapiD development team at Meta blogged about an ‘early preview’ of RapiD 2.0 alpha, an OSM editor with access to AI-generated open data. The big change is a rewrite of the graphics engine to improve overall performance. They are asking for feedback via GitHub, Slack or Facebook.
  • Felt announced that Erica Fischer, the creator of the library Tippecanoe, joined the company to continue her open-source work. Tippecanoe is a GeoJSON to vector map tiles converter, with a specific aesthetic intent to enable making a scale-independent view of the data. At any zoom level, the density and texture of the data is still visible, rather than having to manually exclude certain classes of data.


  • The osm2pgsql team just announced that the source code of osm2pgsql has gone through a security audit. None of the tests revealed any severe security issues, but users should be aware that they should properly set up a secure system environment. The team have amended the manual further to explain several important security practices.


  • Vespucci, ‘the editor for Android that allows any kind of editing directly on mobile devices’, released version 18.0.0. The highlights are described in a blog post.
  • Marcos Dione discovered that JPEG map tile files with quality parameter set to 70–80 are 50% or less their size in PNG, suitable for low-resolution, offline, low-connectivity, or mobile map apps. He also updated his osm-tile-tools to accept JPEG tile file format.

Did you know …

  • … Marcel Reinmuth presented several maps with information on abortion access in Germany that were created using HeiGIT’s openrouteservice?
  • … you can find places with vegetarian (diet:vegetarian) and vegan (diet:vegan) options by using Veggiekarte?
  • … that an anonymous critic collects problems with the what3words algorithm and implementation?

OSM in the media

  • OpenCage is partnering with the MapScaping podcast to help promote OSM-based projects. The selected projects will receive a 30 second promotional message at the start of a podcast episode and logo inclusions on the MapScaping front page and Twitter account. Any project using OpenStreetMap is eligible (tools, technologies, services, open source, NGO, or for-profit start-up). You can apply until Saturday 15 October.

Other “geo” things

  • The events associated with the funeral rites for Queen Elizabeth II would seem an unlikely reason for an item of geospatial news. However, Gizmodo reported that a number of odd errors occurred through the use of what3words to help people find the end of the queue for viewing during the lying in state.

Upcoming Events

BudapestOSM Fonó: Short editing introduction and remote help (online, live) osmcalpic2022-09-23flag
La Virgen5ta reunión bimestral de OSM Latinoamérica osmcalpic2022-09-24flag
Recife[online] First pic4review mapathon from UMBRAOSM (BR) 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
OSMF Engineering Working Group meeting osmcalpic2022-09-26
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
WashingtonOSM US Mappy Hour osmcalpic2022-09-29flag
Vern-sur-SeicheAtelier participatif « Recensement des commerces » osmcalpic2022-09-29flag
DüsseldorfDüsseldorfer OpenStreetMap-Treffen osmcalpic2022-09-30flag
Villa de CosNotathon en OpenStreetMap – resolvamos notas de México osmcalpic2022-10-01flag
Hacktoberfest 2022 osmcalpic2022-10-01 – 2022-10-31
臺北市OpenStreetMap x Wikidata Taipei #45 osmcalpic2022-10-03flag
StuttgartStuttgarter Stammtisch osmcalpic2022-10-04flag
LondonLondon pub meet-up osmcalpic2022-10-04flag
LondonMissing Maps London Mapathon osmcalpic2022-10-04flag
BerlinOSM-Verkehrswende #39 (Online) osmcalpic2022-10-04flag
MurrayOSM Utah Monthly Meetup osmcalpic2022-10-06flag
MannheimMapathon in der Moschee osmcalpic2022-10-06flag
Град КрагујевацOSM Serbia regular meetup osmcalpic2022-10-06flag
La Chapelle-des-FougeretzAtelier participatif « Recensement des commerces » osmcalpic2022-10-07flag
KaiserslauternOSM Mapping Event Erfassung von Barrieren osmcalpic2022-10-08flag
京都市京都!街歩き!マッピングパーティ:第32回 Re:妙心寺 osmcalpic2022-10-08flag
Polokwane Local MunicipalityOSM Africa October Mapathon osmcalpic2022-10-08flag
Polokwane Local MunicipalityOSM Africa October Mapathon osmcalpic2022-10-08flag
WashingtonMappingDC Mappy Hour osmcalpic2022-10-12flag
San JoseSouth Bay Map Night osmcalpic2022-10-12flag
MünchenMünchner OSM-Treffen osmcalpic2022-10-11flag
Frankfurt am MainArbeitstreffen Indoor OSM 2022 osmcalpic2022-10-14 – 2022-10-16flag

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