weeklyOSM 642


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Mapping campaigns

  • At the request of OpenStreetMap Ireland, Włodzimierz Bartczak blogged about the lessons learnt from collecting AED data in Poland.


  • rtnf shared a tutorial on how to display OSM data as a Wikipedia interactive map by using Kartographer > , a Mediawiki extension to display GeoJSON-based interactive maps.
  • OSM contributor Graptemys blogged on his process of revising restaurant cuisine tags in Canada using JOSM.
  • historic_bruno wrote about how his bridge tagging method has progressed over time and suggested some helpful links.
  • A request has been made for comments on amenity=street_vendor, a proposal to deprecate street_vendor=* and to tag mappable street vendors with amenity=street_vendor, vending=* and opening_hours=* instead.
  • Voting is underway for the following proposals:
    • to deprecate amenity=healthcare,clinic,dentist,hospital,doctors,pharmacy and introduce the approved healthcare=* as a main feature, until Saturday 19 November.
    • to deprecate man_made=drinking_fountain, until Friday 18 November.
  • Voting on the following proposals has closed :
    • castle_type=citadel, a tag for historic fortifications inside cities that served as defensive cores, was approved with 10 votes for, 1 vote against and 1 abstention.
    • 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, was approved with 15 votes for, 1 vote against and 0 abstentions.




  • Martijn van Exel demonstrated in a tutorial how to tag parking=surface efficiently using MapRoulette.

OSM research

  • On this week’s episode of Geomob Podcast Ed chats with Tobias Jordans about a parking data project in Berlin. It’s something you may not have considered, but data about parking spaces and their use can have a big impact on urban dynamics. Tobias explains how city planners, NGOs, and politicians pushing for positive changes can all benefit from accurate parking data. Using OpenStreetMap, Tobias and his colleagues are making it easier to record, retrieve, and update information about parking spaces in Berlin. Listen in to find out about the challenges, learnings, and how you can bring this project to your city.
  • ‘Digital civic engagement, open data, and the informal sector: a think piece’, a journal paper authored by Marc Hasselwander, Mwendwa Kiko, and Ted Johnson, has been published in Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives.


  • The Office for National Statistics, the UK’s largest independent producer of official statistics, has published a map showing ‘migration movements’ on an OSM derived base layer.
  • TomTom announced its new mapping platform and ecosystem called the TomTom Maps Platform. The new map will be a pool of different databases, including OpenStreetMap, in order to become ‘the smartest map on the planet’. Public release is expected by mid-2023. A discussion on the
    OSM Community forum has already started.


  • Baremaps is a toolkit for creating custom vector tiles from OpenStreetMap and other data sources using Postgis and Java. The development takes place on GitHub.
  • Francisco Rodríguez-Sánchez and Jesús Sánchez-Dávila have published CityShadeMapper, an R package to create shade maps from OpenStreetMap and LiDAR data. A demo is available for Sevilla.
  • Stamen has begun work on improving MapLibre Native, an Open Source SDK for rendering maps, with funding from AWS.


  • Gustavo Soares has presented his ‘redesign project’ for the OSM website. The comments on GitHub issue are worth reading.
  • Timothée Giraud has released version 4.0 of the osrm R package. This major release resulted from improvements to the Open Source Routing Machine API.
  • Sarah Heidekorn reported that the oshdb (OpenStreetMap Historic Data Analysis) now contains more than 10 billion objects.


  • MapTiler Server 4.2 now has many improvements to give you more control over your maps.
  • Roland Olbricht released Overpass API to correct a performance regression in 0.7.59 on systems that are disk bound.
  • Brandon Liu outlined what’s new in PMTiles version 3.

Did you know …

  • … that Natural Earth data doesn’t quite have the correct boundary for Ukraine? The participants of the #30DayMapChallenge faced difficulties on Day 5, Ukraine, because the Natural Earth dataset lacks complete data about the Ukrainian borders.
  • … there may have been another ‘TerribleMaps’ competition on Twitter alongside the 30DayMapChallenge? 1, 2, 3.
  • … Martijn van Exel is sharing his daily OSM tips? The tips will be pretty random; some technical, some community related, and some highlighting interesting OSM uses.

Other “geo” things

  • Vox has published a video with a brief overview of how hiking trails are designed and what designers take into account when designing a trail.
  • Following the recent changes at Twitter, numerous people, including geographers, have moved to a Mastodon instance, which is part of the Fediverse. Rob Kitchin from The Programmable City started a curated list of Mastodon geographers’ accounts before eventually making it into a blog post. As a remainder, even if moving instances is a breeze on Mastodon, please follow the etiquette and try to sign up for other instances apart from the main one, being mastodon.social, such as en.osm.town administered by @amapanda.
  • The Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors spoke with the Maxar News Bureau on how satellite imagery combats misinformation and increases global transparency, as well as warning of a potential food crisis as a result of the war in Ukraine.

Upcoming Events

OSM Indoor Meeting 2022-11-14
LyonRencontre mensuelle Lyon 2022-11-15flag
157. Treffen des OSM-Stammtisches Bonn 2022-11-15
City of EdinburghOSM Edinburgh Social 2022-11-15flag
LüneburgLüneburger Mappertreffen (online) 2022-11-15flag
Fort CollinsCSU GIS Days Humanitarian Mapathon 2022-11-17flag
GreeleyUNC GIS DAY MAPATHON 2022-11-17flag
RomaIncontro dei mappatori romani e laziali – novembre 2022 2022-11-16flag
ZürichMissing Maps Zürich November Mapathon 2022-11-16flag
BerlinMissing Maps – DRK & MSF Online Mapathon 2022-11-16flag
KarlsruheStammtisch Karlsruhe 2022-11-16flag
Ville de Bruxelles – Stad BrusselFOSS4G & State of the Map Belgium 2022-11-17flag
Daerah Khusus Ibukota JakartaOSMGeoWeek Indonesia 2022 2022-11-17flag
Letterkenny Municipal DistrictOnline Map & Chat: Manor, Co Donegal, Ireland 2022-11-17flag
Zürich10 Jahre SOSM mit Fondue-Abend 2022-11-17flag
BahiImprove the map of Tanzania with tomtom and MapRoulette 2022-11-18flag
GrenobleAtelier positionnement GNSS temps réel 2022-11-21flag
OSMF Engineering Working Group meeting 2022-11-21
서울Let’s map Korea(렛츠맵코리아) 2022-11-22kr
BarcelonaGeomob Barcelona 2022-11-22flag
San JoseSouth Bay Map Night 2022-11-23flag
City of NottinghamOSM East Midlands/Nottingham meetup (online) 2022-11-22flag
GentMeetup @ TomTom Gent 2022-11-23flag
[Online] OpenStreetMap Foundation board of Directors – public videomeeting 2022-11-25
福岡市「Mapping Hour」 in OSC2022 Online Fukuoka 2022-11-26flag
京都市京都!街歩き!マッピングパーティ:第33回 佛光寺 2022-11-27flag
BremenBremer Mappertreffen (Online) 2022-11-28flag
DüsseldorfDüsseldorfer OpenStreetMap-Treffen 2022-11-30flag
CojataReunatón Latam 2022-12-03flag
加古川市State of the Map Japan 2022 in Kakogawa 2022-12-03flag
京都市京都!街歩き!マッピングパーティ:第34回 渉成園 2022-12-04flag

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One Reply to “weeklyOSM 642”

  1. > \”because the Natural Earth dataset lacks complete data about the Ukrainian borders.\”

    update: https://twitter.com/pokateo_/status/1589327504640442369

    IMHO: complicated ..

    Multiple worldviews supported: including Ukraine, Russia, United States …

    \”Natural Earth includes support for defacto and alternate points of view (aka worldview) with different admin-0 fclass_* properties (like fclass_iso). The QGIS project includes a data driven toggle for adjusting the point-of-view for country, map units, state and provinces, and disputed boundaries (since version 5).\”

    see more: https://github.com/nvkelso/natural-earth-vector/blob/master/packages/Natural_Earth_quick_start/LOCALIZATION.md

    disclaimer: I am a \”Natural Earth\” contributor, helping with the wikidata issues.