weeklyOSM 690


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Orientation for traffic signs for JOSM [1] © Stfmani | map data © OpenStreetMap contributors


  • [1] Stfmani has created a JOSM map style to display the direction of traffic sign placement.
  • Anne-Karoline Distel has started mapping boot scrapers. She described them in detail with behind the scenes thoughts and even has a video.
  • barefootstache shared his experience of exploring the Croatian countryside and how to connect ‘no outlet’ paths.
  • MapComplete announced the addition of a feature to mark stores and restaurants that serve sugar-free, gluten-free, and lactose-free products.

Mapping campaigns

  • Mapeoabierto invites you to map Ecuador. The group has set up projects for Quito, Guayaquil and Latacunga, on the Tasking Manager and projects for Tena and Loja in MapSwipe.
  • Microsoft is planning an OpenStreetMap mapping campaign for an additional 11 countries (Moldova, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Belarus, Georgia, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Mongolia, and Russia). Local mapping communities are invited to participate in this activity.


  • Robert Grübler had expressed the wish for a business card that he can hand to astonished passers-by while mapping. The Austrian local chapter has designed a business card for exactly this purpose and finds that it is better received than an explanatory flyer.
  • The OSM India community pushed for India to be a subcategory on the OSM Community forum, which has been now been created. The category will be moderated with joint efforts from veteran contributors Contrapunctus, Sahilister, ReueId, Muzirian, and a more recent mapper NLBRT.
  • Volker Krause shared his experience of participating in the Karlsruhe Hack Weekend September 2023. During the event, he focused on the development of the KDE Itinerary application, specifically on the POI search and map styling features in the indoor map.
  • OpenStreetMap Belgium and Mapillary are teaming up to improve the availability of street-level imagery in the European Union.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • Dorothea Kazazi published some additional information about the OpenStreetMap Foundation Board member elections that will take place in December. The submission of questions to candidates is now open and the deadline for nominations is Saturday 21 October.
  • We would like to remind you, once again, that donating to the OSM Foundation is still possible.


  • Trufi Association hosted a webinar ‘Unpacking the Power of Data in Active Mobility’, including a discussion of OSM data, with experts from the World Bank and ITDP.

OSM in action

  • CityLab, a project of the Technologie-Stiftung Berlin (funded by the City of Berlin), has published a map ‘Gieß den Kiez’ (Watering the neighbourhood). The map shows 800,000 urban trees whose watering can be interactively ‘adopted’ by people from the neighbourhood.
  • Geoconfirmed, a crowdsourced conflict zone geolocation website, now has a map of the conflict in Israel and Palestine.
  • In an article on gnulinux.ch caos described the different ways and approaches to get started with OpenStreetMap.

Open Data

  • Mikhail Sarafanov explained how you can combine OSM and Landsat data to verify areas of green zones.


  • The original Trufi App for public transport in Cochabamba, Bolivia has just surpassed 100,000 installs with help from OSM (and TikTok). The app set the model for using OSM as the basis for transport route open data.


  • Every Door version 4.0 has been released. It comes with improved GPS accuracy, allows adding breaks to opening hours intervals spanning midnight, switched the default imagery to Mapbox, and disabled Maxar (which has forsaken us) plus much more.
  • Sarah Hoffmann announced the release of Nominatim version 4.3.1.
  • OpenStop version 0.5.0 has been released and now has an English version (in addition to its German version). Try it and add information about the bus stops near you!

Upcoming Events

AbujaState of the Map Nigeria 2023 2023-10-11 – 2023-10-14ng
Lorain CountyOpenStreetMap Midwest Meetup 2023-10-12flag
Mapathon in support of peacekeeping 2023-10-12
AmsterdamMapping the Future with MaptimeAMS 2023-10-12flag
GárdonyOSM Fonó: Short editing introduction and remote help (online, live) 2023-10-12flag
HannoverOSM-Stammtisch Hannover 2023-10-12flag
MontrougeRencontre contributeurs Sud de Paris 2023-10-12flag
AngletRencontre groupe local Pays Basque Sud Landes 2023-10-13flag
BerlinOSM-Stammtisch Berlin/Brandenburg 2023-10-13flag
BerlinOSM Hackweekend Berlin 10/2023 2023-10-14 – 2023-10-15flag
BudapestWalnut-themed surveying hike around Diósd (in person) 2023-10-14flag
Henrietta TownshipJourney to the Centers of Michigan 2023-10-14flag
PittsburghA Synesthete’s Atlas: Cartographic Improvisations Between Eric Theise and Trē Seguritan Abalos 2023-10-15flag
Kalkaji Tehsil3rd OSM Delhi Mapping Party 2023-10-15flag
WaitematāFOSS4G SotM Oceania 2023 Conference 2023-10-15 – 2023-10-19flag
The Municipal District of Kilkenny CityKilkenny History Mappers MeetUp 2023-10-16flag
臺北市OpenStreetMap x Wikidata 月聚會 #57 2023-10-16flag
LyonRéunion du groupe local de Lyon 2023-10-17flag
Bonn168. OSM-Stammtisch Bonn 2023-10-17flag
BerlinMissing Maps – DRK Online Mapathon 2023-10-17flag
LüneburgLüneburger Mappertreffen (online) 2023-10-17flag
OSMF Engineering Working Group meeting 2023-10-18
Salt Lake CitySalt Lake City monthly Map Night 2023-10-19flag
ZürichMissing Maps Zürich Mapathon 2023-10-18flag
ChambéryMapathon débutant saison 23/24 CartONG 2023-10-23flag
San JoseSouth Bay Map Night 2023-10-25flag
DüsseldorfDüsseldorfer OpenStreetMap-Treffen 2023-10-25flag
Wien69. Wiener Stammtisch 2023-10-25flag
[Online] OpenStreetMap Foundation board of Directors – public videomeeting 2023-10-26
Lübeck136. OSM-Stammtisch für Lübeck und Umgebung 2023-10-26flag

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