- Anne-Karoline Distel (b-unicycling) has discovered milk churn stands and mapped quite a few of them.
- chris_debian blogged his thoughts about assessing road surface quality using a smartphone. He favours automated ratings by applications using smartphone sensors and lists some, for example Roadroid and SmartRoadSense.
- Risturiz explained ► how using the Fediphoto-Lineage app, a fork of Fediphoto, it is possible to preserve photos taken with StreetComplete and linked to OSM Notes.
- Geoffrey Kateregga (Kateregga1) asked ChatGPT to create an OpenStreetMap Community building playbook. What it came up with is really impressive.
- The new OSM Community forum has been going for a while now, so Andy Townsend decided to summarise the pros and cons of the new software. He is happy with the functionality, but not so happy with the user experience.
- Denrazir blogged about Open Data Day 2023, which was celebrated by YouthMappers from the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines. The theme was ‘Empowering AI and Mapping with Open Data: A training-workshop on RapID’. Denrazir was particularly pleased with the high number of women who participated in the event.
- The team at GIScience and HeiGIT looked back and commented on the many contributions made at last year’s conferences. For example, HeiGIT’s Big Spatial Data Analytics team led the Saturday workshop with ‘Analysing changes in OSM over time – full history access to OSM data through the ohsome framework’. Moritz Schott held a talk at FOSS4G presenting OSM element vectorisation and much more.
- After French and Portuguese, the UN Mappers team is proposing a new free online training workshop on OpenStreetMap and humanitarian mapping in English. It is open to any English-speaking person who is new to OpenStreetMap. Registration is open until Sunday 30 April 2023, at 23:59 UTC. The workshop will be held every Thursday starting 4 May, two hours a week for 9 weeks, a total of 18 hours.
- A team lead by Nikola Milojevic-Dupont and Felix Wagner have released EUBUCCO, a scientific database of individual building footprints for 200+ million buildings across the 27 European Union countries and Switzerland, together with three main attributes – building type, height, and construction year. OSM data are used alongside a range of national datasets.
- HeiGIT announced that osmlanduse has received a functionality update. Thanks to the cooperation of GIScience and HeiGIT under the IDEAL-VGI, HeiGIT researchers were able to add a number of new features to the interactive map. The two different data layers that make up this unique tool are now available separately for selection using the layer switcher in the top right corner.
- HeiGIT has set up an instance of the Disaster Portal for the earthquake affected region in Turkey/Syria in cooperation with the GIS Middle East team of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders). The Disaster Portal is a service designed to support disaster relief efforts by providing up-to-date information for route planning, taking into account inaccessible parts of the road network. The underlying OSM data is updated every 10 minutes.
- Young Hahn introduced Mapbox’s 3D Live Navigation with 3D lane-level road models, live vehicle detection, landmark buildings and realistic vegetation, adding detail and clarity to the navigation experience.
Did you know …
- … that VersaTiles aims to be a completely FLOSS stack for generating, distributing and using map tiles based on OpenStreetMap data?
OSM in the media
- GPS cyclist Matthias Schwindt put ► Maps.Me’s iPhone bike navigation through its paces.
- Read more about how OpenStreetMap and open data helped the humanitarian response and brought people together to provide aid in response to the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.
- Harry Wood tooted he’d seen OSM mentioned in a story on the BBC’s program Click about a Ramblers Association project in Scotland where volunteer walkers are mapping lost footpaths.
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