weeklyOSM 685


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The OpenStreetMap Standard Tile Layer user map. Each light represents an area that was accessed by an OSM user. [1] © Paul Norman | map data © OpenStreetMap contributors


  • The YouTube channel ‘OSM for History Buffs’ has released a video explaining how to do hedgerow mapping using Field Papers paper maps.
  • Włodzimierz Bartczak (Cristoffs) blogged about an AI revolution in mapping OSM. He described the tool created by Kamil Monicz (NorthCrab) that uses AI to map pedestrian crossings.
  • Christoph Hormann proposed several alternative solutions to overcome the problem of OpenStreetMap’s dependence on a limited number of proprietary sources of aerial imagery.
  • Mateusz Konieczny has documented the shop=safety_equipment tag, for shops selling only or primarily this specific type of products.


OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • The members of the OpenStreetMap Foundation (OSMF) will vote to elect three new board members in December. You can read everything about this election in the OSMF blog, for example who has the right to vote, and the eligibility criteria for board candidates.


  • Geomob is holding three meetings in September:

    The topics for 4 October in Lisbon are also already fixed. Speakers for 9 November in Helsinki can still register.

  • umbraosmbr reported that the State of The Map Brazil 2023 has entered the registration period. Confirm your attendance by Sunday 17 September.


  • OpenChargeMap provides a map of electric vehicle charging station locations.

Open Data

  • Oliver Roick reviewed an analysis of the quality of Overture’s places dataset. He agrees with the conclusion of the analysis that a good ‘minimum confidence threshold’ for filtering data is 0.6.


  • Kamil Monicz has published the code for a mass-revert extension designed for osm-revert on GitHub.
  • Kaligule blogged about his first experience with StreetComplete.


  • [1] Paul Norman has made improvements to the OpenStreetMap tile server user statistics calculation system. Thanks to these improvements, the statistics file size was reduced from 136 GB/day to 8 GB/day.


  • Eugene, from OsmAnd, blogged about their app’s new terrain map type.

Did you know …

  • … that you can create road routes based on OpenStreetMap maps using the plotaroute.com app?
  • … that the OSM Queries project is collecting Overpass API queries to use as learning material?

Other “geo” things

  • Are you a drone pilot? Do you miss practising? If so, you’ll love the offer from Château des Boulard near Chartres, which has converted a golf course into a drone training ground.
  • Tyler Vigen went to great lengths to investigate why a footbridge crosses a motorway at a seemingly arbitrary location near Minneapolis. Mappers have responded by updating both OpenStreetMap and OpenHistoricalMap with the bridge and its surroundings.

Upcoming Events

MaricáMapathon – Maricá City 2023-08-24 – 2023-09-24flag
BayonneRencontre Groupe local Pays basque – Sud Landes 2023-09-08flag
AmsterdamMaptime Amsterdam 2.0 2023-09-08flag
BengaluruOSM Bengaluru Mapping Party 2023-09-09flag
KøbenhavnOSMmapperCPH 2023-09-10flag
ChambéryMapathon débutant saison 23/24 CartONG 2023-09-11flag
ZürichOSM-Stammtisch 2023-09-11flag
HannoverOSM-Stammtisch Hannover 2023-09-11flag
臺北市OpenStreetMap x Wikidata 月聚會 #56 2023-09-11flag
San JoseSouth Bay Map Night 2023-09-13flag
MiddelburgFOSS4G-NL 2023-09-13 – 2023-09-14flag
SogamosoLaunch of BusBoy APP: The Public Transport Revolution in Boyacá, Powered by Trufi and OpenStreetMap 2023-09-13flag
종로1·2·3·4가동톰톰코리아 제1회 한국 OSM 커뮤니티 대면 모임 2023-09-13flag
Lorain CountyOpenStreetMap Ohio+Michigan Meetup 2023-09-14flag
Stainach-Pürgg10. Österreichischer OSM-Stammtisch (online) 2023-09-13flag
Potsdam183. Berlin-Brandenburg OpenStreetMap Stammtisch 2023-09-14flag
MünchenMünchner OSM-Treffen 2023-09-14flag
167. Treffen des OSM-Stammtisches Bonn 2023-09-19
City of EdinburghOSM Edinburgh Social 2023-09-19flag
LüneburgLüneburger Mappertreffen (online) 2023-09-19flag
OSMF Engineering Working Group meeting 2023-09-20
IJmuidenOSM Nederland bijeenkomst (online) 2023-09-20flag
The Municipal District of Kilkenny CityKilkenny History Mappers MeetUp 2023-09-21flag
Saint-Barthélemy-de-SéchilienneMapping Party in Saint-Barthélemy-de-Séchilienne 38220 France 2023-09-23flag

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