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  • This week we mark 4 consecutive years of semanárioOSM, the Portuguese language weeklyOSM!Every week the editors Nuno MAS Azevedo and Elizabete Oliveira translate the several articles proposed in several languages by the OSM users worldwide and prepare the Portuguese version for publication.Do you also want to contribute with articles to weeklyOSM? We recommend you to read this tutorial.We need articles about the activities of the Portuguese-speaking OSM community. Here is a challenge!


  • A request for comments has been made for archaeological_site=*, to replace the site_type=* key for tagging the type of archaeological site.
  • Voting is underway for the following proposals:
    • castle_type=citadel, a tag for historic fortifications inside cities that served as defensive cores. Voting open until Tuesday 1 November.
    • pedagogy=*, to denote the educational theory of an element, especially schools or kindergartens, until Thursday 3 November.
    • amenity=mailroom, a tag to identify the location of shared mail rooms, receiving packages or letters, at a university, an apartment building complex, or in an office building complex, until Friday 11 November.
  • Voting on the following proposals has closed :
    • settlement_type=crannog, for mapping prehistoric settlements that are artificial islands constructed in lakes or sea inlets, was not successful with 6 votes for, 5 votes against and 2 abstentions.
    • to deprecate passenger_information_display and promote departures_board instead, was not successful with 3 votes for, 4 votes against and 2 abstentions.
    • replace the tagging mail list with the OSM Community forum for the purposes of announcing proposal requests for comments and voting, was not successful with 49 votes for, 27 votes against and 4 abstentions.
    • payment:coins|notes:denominations=*, to record information about which denominations of coins or banknotes are accepted at a feature, was approved with 21 votes for, 4 votes against and 2 abstentions.
    • amenity=training_centre, to unify the tagging of facilities that provide various additional or special training, other than universities, colleges, and schools for children, was not successful with 10 votes for, 14 votes against and 3 abstentions.


  • Igor Eliezer has been appointed an honorary citizen of the city of Laranjal Paulista, Brazil (approximately 25,000 inhabitants) for his work on OSM. Apart from his remarkable mapping activities, Igor has also created an ‘atlas’ worth seeing.
  • Pierre Parmentier published an interview with Jonathan Czalaj, OpenStreetMap Belgium’s October 2022 Mapper of the Month.
  • Martin has written two extensions for OSM Wiki (OSM account login and vote GUI) and is waiting for your feedback. There also a demo wiki.
  • The winners of OpenCage’s OpenStreetMap MapScaping Promotion Project have been announced. The winners were OSM Before-After Maps, MapComplete, The Global Healthsites Mapping Project, and weeklyOSM.
  • OpenStreetMap Belgium have published their 2021 annual report.
  • Andrew Wiseman, the community lead for Apple’s OSM team, is moving to a different team at Apple and Teddy Ahlvin (LessThan3Nodes) will be taking over Andrew’s role as community lead. More information about Apple projects can be found here. Andrew will continue to participate in OSM as a local community member.
  • The results of the Indoor-OSM meeting held on 15 and16 October, at the Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy in Frankfurt am Main, organised by FOSSGIS e. V., are documented on the wiki. The next meeting has been announced for November.


  • Arnalie Vicario announced that the Local Chapters and Communities Congress 2022, a virtual event where members of various OSM communities come together to share stories and learn from each other, will be held online on Saturday 12 November (12:00 UTC to 15:00 UTC).


  • [1] Brian Sperlongano has published his ‘OpenStreetMap Americana Style’, a vector-tile map for roads in North America and for some other countries. It also displays custom route shields for routes in all US states and territories.
  • The French government recently released data on the socioeconomic status of students at schools and colleges across metropolitan France. When visualised on a browsable map the data shows some discrepancies across the country.
  • The Lost Rainforests of Britain Project has published an interactive map to highlight areas in the UK with a climate suitable for temperate rainforest, where reforestation efforts could be focused. It uses OSM as a basemap.


  • The French initiative to build a geolocated street level image sharing service has voted to name the project Panoramax, which is both a wordplay on panorama, maximum and Panoramix, the original name of Getafix from the Asterix series. One can follow the project’s development on this forum .
  • Following the release of an unofficial JOSM paid version on the Microsoft Store a week ago (we reported earlier), Vincent Privat has made an official and free version of JOSM that can be downloaded from the Microsoft Store.
  • Board members from the MapLibre community have reached out to Maputnik proposing a collaboration as a consequence of Mapbox’s GL JS closed-source update.
  • MapTiler Desktop is now MapTiler Engine! It comes with lots of improvements and is available for download. MapTiler renamed MapTiler Desktop to MapTiler Engine to ‘better reflect how the software drives the process of turning your spatial data into web maps’.
  • Pl@ntNet has released GeoPl@ntNet in beta. This application uses AI-GeoSpecies to estimate which plants may grow in any given area by aggregating data from multiple sources including OpenStreetMap.


  • Maël is developing a tool built on OpenStreetMap data to estimate the cyclability of cities, effectively creating a ranking between them. A live demo is available where you can click on any city for detailed results. As noted in a Twitter thread , the method is significantly sensitive to the number of cities being considered (four by default).
  • Seth Fitzsimmons published a tutorial on how to query OpenStreetMap data by using Amazon Athena, a serverless interactive query service.


  • Hauke Stieler (hauke-stieler) has released version 1.5.0 of the Android app GeoNotes. This update includes several bug fixes and some new features. New is the categorisation of notes, filtering notes, and also translation into German, Hungarian and Italian.
  • Walter Nordmann (Wambacher) has just released new versions of his Emergency Map and Healthcare Map. They have been changed using osm2pgsql with the Flex format, which has resulted in a considerable performance gain in updating. Menu navigation is available in , and .
  • Stephan Bösch-Plepelits has released an update to OpenStreetBrowser, with new quality control categories.
  • Vespucci version 18.0.3 has been released. This release contains a ‘custom style file importing’ bug fix in Android 12 and higher.

Did you know …

  • … that you can keep track of current and previous OpenStreetMap tagging proposals by using osm-proposals?

Other “geo” things

  • OpenCage has unrolled its latest Twitter thread in their ‘geographical oddities’ series (#geoweirdness). This time it’s about the last remnants of the British Empire, the Overseas Territories of the United Kingdom.
  • Natacha Bouchart, mayor of Calais in France, asked for a car stopped on a pedestrian crossing to be ticketed, based on Google StreetView, thinking it was live.
  • Chris Arvin is making a map of San Francisco store cats, including their names and friendliness.

Upcoming Events

Where What Online When Country
Hacktoberfest 2022 2022-10-01 – 2022-10-31
United Nations – OSS4SDG: Smart Sustainable Cities Hackathon 2022-10-03 – 2022-10-31
Windsor OSM Windsor-Essex Monthly Meet Up 2022-10-28 flag
City of New York New York City Meetup 2022-10-29 flag
IJmuiden OSM Nederland bijeenkomst (online) 2022-10-29 flag
Puerto López Mapeemos vías faltantes de Colombia 2022-10-29 flag
新北市 Wikidata Birthday Taiwan Streetview caputure 2022-10-29 flag
City of Westminster Missing Maps London Mapathon 2022-11-01 flag
Berlin OSM-Verkehrswende #41 (Online) 2022-11-01 flag
Wirral OSM UK Chat 2022-11-01 flag
Stuttgart Stuttgarter Stammtisch 2022-11-02 flag
Aberdeen City Scottish Open Data Unconference 2022-11-05 – 2022-11-06 flag
City of Subiaco Social Mapping Sunday: Rokeby Road 2022-11-06 flag
臺北市 OpenStreetMap x Wikidata 月聚會 #46 2022-11-07 flag
OSMF Engineering Working Group meeting 2022-11-07
San Jose South Bay Map Night 2022-11-09 flag
HOT Tasking Manager Monthly Meet Up 2022-11-09
Murray OSM Utah Monthly Meetup 2022-11-10 flag
Köln OSM-Stammtisch Köln 2022-11-09 flag
München Münchner OSM-Treffen 2022-11-09 flag
Salt Lake City OSM Utah Monthly Meetup 2022-11-10 flag
Berlin 173. Berlin-Brandenburg OpenStreetMap Stammtisch 2022-11-10 flag
Washington Mapping USA + WikiConferenceNA 2022-11-11 – 2022-11-12 flag
OSM Local Chapters & Communities Virtual Congress 2022-11-12
København OSMmapperCPH 2022-11-13 flag
157. Treffen des OSM-Stammtisches Bonn 2022-11-15
City of Edinburgh OSM Edinburgh Social 2022-11-15 flag
Lüneburg Lüneburger Mappertreffen (online) 2022-11-15 flag
Roma Incontro dei mappatori romani e laziali – novembre 2022 2022-11-16 flag
Karlsruhe Stammtisch Karlsruhe 2022-11-16 flag
Ville de Bruxelles – Stad Brussel FOSS4G & State of the Map Belgium 2022-11-17 flag
Zürich 10 Jahre SOSM mit Fondue-Abend 2022-11-17 flag

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This weeklyOSM was produced by Lejun, PierZen, Strubbl, TheSwavu, YoViajo, darkonus, derFred, miurahr, rtnf, 快乐的老鼠宝宝.
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