weeklyOSM 646


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Creating boards for board games using OSM data [1] | © Wenzel Friedsam © Map tiles by Stamen Design, under CC BY 3.0 | map data © OpenStreetMap contributors


  • Anne-Karoline Distel recounted her experiences of mapping defibrillator locations in County Kilkenny, Ireland.
  • Tiago Lubiana shared a Wikidata query that shows a map of the COVID-19 memorials in Brazil.
  • Requests have been made for comments on the following proposals:
    • snow_chains to map where and when you need to use snow chains on your vehicle.
    • is_sidepath=* for indicating whether or not a way is associated with a road.
  • Voting on the following proposals has closed :
    • Standardising the tagging of manufacturer:*=* and model:*=* of artificial elements was approved with 25 votes for, 0 votes against and 2 abstentions.
    • archaeological_site=*, to replace the site_type=* key for tagging the type of archaeological site, was approved with 20 votes for, 4 votes against and 0 abstentions.


  • A discussion on talk-ca showed that the naming of territories is not always neutral. It is often related to the colonial past of both the USA and Canada when they moved nomadic indigenous nations from their ancestral territories to villages called ‘Reserves’. There are different perceptions among contributors from these two countries on how to name these territories, but most feel that there is no generally applicable rule, so the mapper should use their judgement on a case-by-case basis.
  • Nighto pointed out that the road category highway=busway, which was accepted one and a half years ago, is still not rendered in OSM Carto, the default map style on the OSM website. As a result, bus rapid transit routes that are common in some countries have not been updated to the new tagging in many cities, or where this has already been done, it results in an unattractive map representation.
  • The OSM Niger Community announced their registration as a non-profit organisation. According to the same announcement, the recognition procedure lasted four years before receiving the authorisation to operate.
  • Søren Johannessen showed that the monthly edit rate of OpenStreetMap reached its global peak during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • janabau shared ten tips on how to build a mapping community.
  • OpenStreetMap Belgium announced their December 2022 Mapper of the Month: Le Sharkoïste.
  • Frans Schutz, from the Netherlands, is the UN Mapper of the Month for December.


  • The 30DayMapChallenge 2022 on Twitter and Mastodon has finished. It is not possible to adequately acknowledge the multitude of outstanding works. The selection we make is purely random and not an evaluation. Please take a look at the works yourself.
  • HOT’s regional director for East and Southern Africa discussed the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team’s recent evolution and provided the highlights and the lowdown on what HOT is trying to achieve, and how, in the latest Geomob podcast.
  • The next Geomob London will be at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, 18 January 2023 in Lecture Theatre G22, North-west Wing, University College London.


  • Following on from his MapRoulette tutorial, Martijn van Exel continued with an explanation of MapRoulette’s cooperative challenges. They involve collaboration between a challenge owner, providing the proposed OSM changes, and you, validating, tweaking and committing them to OSM. Cooperative challenges are ideal for when you may be thinking about an import, but you would like to have each feature manually verified by a mapper.
  • The Polish OpenStreetMap Society has asked Anne-Karoline Distel, star of the ‘OSM for History Buffs’ channel on YouTube, to create a how-to video on adding AEDs to the OpenAEDMap website.

OSM research

  • [1] Wenzel Friedsam has submitted a bachelor thesis to the University of Stuttgart, which is about creating boards for board games using OSM data.


  • ArnaudChampollion has created a map of the regions and departments of France using uMap.
  • Andreas Heil collects security incidents at German universities and has created a map of them. Missing entries can be reported to Andreas.


  • The Hiking Club website is now recommending the Organic Maps (OSM-based) application to their customers for use when they are out on trails.


  • Mepo is a fast, simple, hackable OSM map viewer for mobile and desktop Linux. It downloads and renders maps and provides lots of extra functionality via its command language.
  • Nat Zimmermann announced the release of osm-address-collector, a web application to easily survey addresses for OSM with no need to download data. It is inspired by the former Keypad Mapper.


  • Dr Sybren A. Stüvel has published a tutorial on how to remove duplicate GPS waypoints in OsmAnd by using a Python script.
  • rtnf explained how he used Python and the ohsome dashboard interface to dive into the OSM mapping history in his area.
  • SK53 used MapCSS styling, within overpass turbo, to create a beautiful map with buildings colour-coded by age (The Overpass recipe is here). The colour scheme is based on an earlier map of Dutch buildings’ ages.


  • The second November update of Organic Maps has been released.

Did you know …

  • … this short tutorial on creating an interactive map with uMap?
  • … that you can deactivate the lasso in JOSM?

Other “geo” things

  • Julian Hoffmann shared a recap video that summarises all of his #30DayMapChallenge activities.
  • Ed Freyfogle and Steven Feldman have released Geomob Podcast, episode 155. The podcast includes a recap of Geomob Tel Aviv followed by a discussion on whether and how the Opengeo scene is moving from Twitter to Mastodon.
  • Rutger Roffel complained about the change in data protection at our market companions online map service. Google Maps has changed its URL from ‘https://maps [dot] google [dot] com’ to ‘https://google [dot] com/maps’. This may not look like it’s a big deal, but when you grant the location permission in your browser for Google Maps you are now granting it to the whole google [dot] com domain.

Upcoming Events

Localidad Barrios UnidosRedacción de guía para abrir y cerrar notas para LearnOSM 2022-12-10flag
[Online] 16th Annual General Meeting of the OpenStreetMap Foundation 2022-12-10
歸仁區OpenStreetMap 街景踏查團 #5 2022-12-11flag
KøbenhavnOSMmapperCPH 2022-12-11flag
GrenobleRencontre du groupe local 2022-12-12flag
West NorthamptonshireGeospatial Tech & Innovation Space 2022-12-13flag
[online] Geospatial Tech & Innovation Space 2022-12-13
HOT Open Tech and Innovation Session – Option 1 2022-12-13
HOT Open Tech and Innovation Session – Option 2 2022-12-13
[online] Geospatial Tech & Innovation Space 2022-12-13
City of NottinghamOSM East Midlands/Nottingham meetup (online) 2022-12-13flag
Salt Lake CityOSM Utah Monthly Meetup 2022-12-15flag
Rio de JaneiroWorkshop Mapeamento Participativo e Cartografia Social 2022 / Participatory Mapping and Social Cartography Workshop 2022 2022-12-14 – 2022-12-15flag
Michigan Meetup 2022-12-15
Stainach-Pürgg7. Virtueller OpenStreetMap Stammtisch Österreich 2022-12-14flag
IJmuidenOSM Nederland bijeenkomst (online) 2022-12-14flag
RomaIncontro dei mappatori romani e laziali 2022-12-14flag
BruggeOpenStreetMap meetup in Bruges 2022-12-15flag
ToulouseRéunion du groupe local de Toulouse 2022-12-17flag
LondonLondon xmas pub meet-up 2022-12-19flag
OSMF Engineering Working Group meeting 2022-12-19
Bruxelles – BrusselOpenStreetMap meetup in Brussels 2022-12-20flag
158. Treffen des OSM-Stammtisches Bonn 2022-12-20
LüneburgLüneburger Mappertreffen (online) 2022-12-20flag
KarlsruheStammtisch Karlsruhe 2022-12-21flag
DüsseldorfDüsseldorfer OpenStreetMap-Treffen 2022-12-30flag

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 Elizabete, MatthiasMatthias, PierZen, SK53, SeverinGeo, Strubbl, TheSwavu, YoViajo, derFred, rtnf, 快乐的老鼠宝宝.
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3 Replies to “weeklyOSM 646”

  1. Heureux d’être parmi vous la communauté OSMNiger, avec vous le développement social et économique sera au rendez vous, en diffusant des informations relatives aux SIG dans tous les domaines concernés et surtout le domaine de la recherche pour une meilleure prise de décision

  2. “It is often related to the colonial past of both the USA and Canada when they moved nomadic indigenous nations from their ancestral territories to villages called ‘Reserves’.”

    This is a dated stereotype. Many of the indigenous peoples who were forced onto reservations were not nomadic at all; they had extensive settlements for centuries before European contact. The land they were forced onto was completely undeveloped, not villages.

    A more accurate explanation is that Canada and the United States have historically removed indigenous peoples from their traditional homelands and designated much smaller territories for them, called “reserves” or “reservations”, within which they now have limited sovereignty. For some nations, preserving and promoting their language and their name for their land is a way to exercise that sovereignty.