weeklyOSM 648


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Colour-coded buildings by age [1] | © uMap and SK53 | map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Breaking news

  • The first meeting of the new OSMF Board after the 16th Annual General Meeting was held on Tuesday 20 December. New officers have been selected as Secretary, Personnel Committee Chair, Open Source Initiative OSM Delegate and the Trademark licensing subcommittee representative.
    • New officers roles are :
      • Chairperson: Guillaume Rischard
      • Secretary: Mikel Maron
      • Treasurer: Roland Olbricht
    • Non-officer roles are :
      • Sarah Hoffmann: Personnel Committee chair and Open Source Initiative OSM delegate
      • Mikel Maron: Finance Committee chair
      • Mateusz Konieczny: Trademark licensing subcommittee representative
      • Arnalie Vicario
      • Craig Allan
    • Officers’ contact emails.


  • Fabio Lovato has built a map of fuel prices in Italy. Fabio explained how the map was made using data from Italy’s Ministry of Economic Development and uMap via a PHP script.
  • A request for comments has been made for healthcare=department, a tag for the departments of a hospital or a clinic.


  • Who needs to be a heroic Google Maps Local Guide when you have weeklyOSM? OpenStreetMap Pontarlier, if you are reading this, thanks.
  • OpenStreetMap Perú was one of the organisers of the ‘Grassroots disaster risk management and OpenStreetMap LATAM 2022’, which was held from 24 to 27 November. Along with the usual conference activities there was a guided tour of the national disaster centre and the Caral archaeology site. meerkat88 , Caminando Cusco , and mapeadora have written diary entries on their conference experiences.
  • Nigeria held its first State of the Map from 1 to 3 December. A number of participants have written of their experiences, including Teeman whose journey to the conference was eventful, johanespeter9 who wanted to be local so ate local, and vicksun who gave thanks to the many people responsible for the success of the event.
  • Rounding out this week’s rush of conference reports are those from Pista ng Mapa, which this year included the State of the Map Asia. There are so many that we can only list a small sample. frozenrabi blogged about how excited he was to travel outside Nepal for the first time, dichapabe highlighted some of the social activities they participated in, and Mia Kristine let us in on the confessions of a first time attendee.

Open Data

  • A summary what we have found about Overture Maps:
    • The OSM Foundation’s view.
    • A number of thoughts about Overture Maps on the OSM Community forum.
    • A comment in the Russian OSM Blog .
    • An analysis in Le Temps .
    • ArsTECHNICA thinks that the idea is to ‘break the Google Maps monopoly’. AviationAnalysis sees it in the same way.
    • VentureBeat thinks that a combination of OSM data with AI is the target direction.
  • TUMI and Trufi Association presented a webinar exploring how transport data digitised in OSM can be developed, consumed, and iterated for better cities and sustainable mobility.


  • Junior Flores has written an image recognition plugin for JOSM. Josm Magic Wand is designed to mark out the geometries of areas of similar colour and to merge the results where needed. Junior gave a presentation on Josm Magic Wand at Mapping USA 2022.


  • [1] Following up on his colour-coded buildings by age, SK53 has extended his Overpass Turbo code to work with any object in OSM.

Did you know …

  • … that you can track the progress of road gritters as they go about their business in Scotland? Take the opportunity to watch Spray Charles, Snowwayko Drift, Buzz Iceclear, Nitty Gritty, Mary Queen of Salt, and others as they carry out their work.

Other “geo” things

  • Apple has published improved maps of Switzerland and the Benelux countries. Improvements include colour highlighting of business districts. Buildings, parks, airports and shopping malls are captured in a higher level of detail than before.
  • OpenCage outlined their plan to move from Twitter to Mastodon as their primary social media channel for announcements.
  • GPS signals are being jammed in some Russian cities following Ukraine’s successful use of drone attacks. Wired reported how the GPS issues were first spotted by the monitoring system GPSJam, which uses data from planes to track problems with the satellite navigation system.

Upcoming Events

DüsseldorfDüsseldorfer OpenStreetMap-Treffen 2022-12-30flag
StuttgartStuttgarter Stammtisch 2023-01-03flag
City of WestminsterMissing Maps London Mapathon 2023-01-03flag
KøbenhavnOSMmapperCPH 2023-01-08flag
KøbenhavnOSMmapperCPH 2023-01-08flag
OSMF Engineering Working Group meeting 2023-01-09
MünchenMünchner OSM-Treffen 2023-01-10flag

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