weeklyOSM 696


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SotM Europe 2023 – Where did they come from? [1] | Photo © mstock, nakaner, hafi; CC-BY 4.0


  • Thelone1986 has released several videos about OpenStreetMap mapping in the city of Seraing, Belgium.
  • The amenity=bicycle_wash (bicycle washing service) tag proposal is currently under discussion.


  • Andy Allan gave an update on the development of the OpenStreetMap website: the addition of a map edit rate limit feature and a presentation at SOTM Europe 2023 entitled ‘Maintaining OpenStreetMap.org‘.
  • In a rare in-person summit, the Trufi volunteers in Cochabamba, Bolivia, mappers, developers, and community leaders met to celebrate their achievements.
  • lhirlimann shared his experiences working at the OpenStreetMap community booth during the Capitole du Libre 2023 event. The booth was well visited by participants and they asked various questions about OpenStreetMap.
  • Martijn van Exel reported on the monthly OpenStreetMap Salt Lake City meeting that he organised.
  • Ponciano da Costa de Jesus reported on the launch of Timor-Leste’s OpenStreetMap community on 18 November 2023.
  • Simon Poole expressed his opinion on the potential disruption the Linux Foundation could have on the geo-business ecosystem that has been relying on OpenStreetMap data.
  • unsungNovelty shared some of his most memorable OpenStreetMap edits.
  • Ilya Zverev wrote about his thoughts on Overture Maps after he attended the State of the Map Europe 2023 event.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • The next public OSMF Board meeting will be held on Thursday 30 November at 20:00 UTC.
  • The OpenStreetMap Foundation board member election committee has released the candidates’ manifestos and Q&A session results.

Local chapter news

  • Jochen Topf has been appointed as an OpenStreetMap staff consultant at the FOSSGIS Coordination Centre.


  • [1] FOSSGIS recounted their participation in the State of the Map Europe 2023 event.
  • Bart Louwers shared his impressions of the State of the Map Europe 2023 event.
  • Courtney Cook bloged her story of SotM Europe 2023 and why a good story is important for OpenStreetMap.
  • The IVIDES Institute organised GIS DAY 2023 , which included mapathons in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil).

Humanitarian OSM

  • Rabi Shrestha reported on the humanitarian mapping activities carried out by the OpenStreetMap Nepal Community following the earthquake in Jajarkot district, Nepal, 3 November 2023.



  • Sarah Hoffmann announced the release of Nominatim versions 4.3.2 and 4.2.4. These versions contain fixes for SQL injection security holes in the Nominatim CLI.
  • Sarah Hoffmann reported on an experiment to improve the performance of the Nominatim Python frontend by tuning SQLAlchemy. This optimisation successfully improved the performance of the Python frontend, although it is still not as good as the previous PHP implementation.
  • In response to the inaccessibility of Bing satellite imagery in some OSM editors, Microsoft’s Milos Brzakovic explained the new rules for using the Bing Maps imagery API for OSM editors. This is due to the new policy of separating the free version of the API for OSM editors from the paid version of the Bing Maps imagery API.

Did you know …

  • … the map with all hackerspaces, fablabs, and makerspaces?
  • … that the Mastodon MapComplete bot account reports MapComplete user statistics regularly?
  • … that you can see the historical Java Great Post Road on OpenStreetMap?

Other “geo” things

  • Nate Berg, from FastCompany, has reviewed Felt, an online service for creating custom maps.
  • OpenStreetMap isn’t the only place where people are prepared to fight over seemingly minor issues. In Hampshire, England, locals have been campaigning for the correct use of apostrophes on street signs. OpenStreetMap has always had the apostrophe.
  • Robert Thorson explained how stone walls became a signature landform of New England.

Upcoming Events

LondonLondon pub meet-up 2023-11-23flag
Lübeck137. OSM-Stammtisch für Lübeck und Umgebung 2023-11-23flag
EssenFOSSGIS-OSM-Communitytreffen 2023 Nummer 20 2023-11-24 – 2023-11-26flag
BiarritzRencontre festive Groupe local OSM Pays Basque Sud Landes 2023-11-24flag
ChambéryMapathon débutant saison 23/24 CartONG 2023-11-27flag
BremenBremer Mappertreffen 2023-11-27flag
Saint-ÉtienneRencontre Saint-Étienne et sud Loire 2023-11-28flag
OSMF Engineering Working Group meeting 2023-11-29
DüsseldorfDüsseldorfer OpenStreetMap-Treffen 2023-11-29flag
소공동OSM Mapping Party @ FOSS4G Asia 2023, Seoul 2023-11-30flag
MbankomoState of the Map Africa 2023 2023-11-30 – 2023-12-02flag
OaklandA Synesthete’s Atlas: Cartographic Improvisations between Eric Theise and Santomieri-Farhadian Duo 2023-12-02flag
BudapestWalk around Etele Plaza, indoor mapping demo and brainstorming 2023-12-04flag
StuttgartStuttgarter OpenStreetMap-Treffen 2023-12-06flag
OSM Indoor Meeting 2023-12-08
Berlin186. Berlin-Brandenburg OpenStreetMap Stammtisch 2023-12-08flag
Saint-Martin-d’HèresCartopartie à vélo des zones commerciales de Saint-Martin d’Hères 2023-12-09flag

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One Reply to “weeklyOSM 696”

  1. Open street map is good and hope deals with also GIS.. also need more guidance on open street map am student in Uganda at Ndejje university..need to know how to carry out mapping.. thank u.