weeklyOSM 697


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OSM training course and Mapathon in support of the victims of the 8 September earthquake in the High Atlas, Morocco [1] | © SIGE – Société d’Ingénierie Géomatique et Environnementale


  • The proposal highway=cyclist_waiting_aid, to map street furniture and devices for cyclists that are intended to make waiting more comfortable, was approved with 26 votes for, 0 votes against, and 0 abstentions.


  • Karlos argued the importance of separating OpenStreetMap for end-users (map users) from power-users (map developers). Mweper added that this separation has been quite successful in the Android (end-user) and Linux (power-user) ecosystems.
  • MapAmore tooted that custom emojis for OpenStreetMap are available on the Mastodon instance en.osm.town. The list is impressive.
  • Miguel Sevilla-Callejo, from the Spanish OpenStreetMap community, is collecting data to assess the importance of OpenStreetMap as a source of spatial data in quantitative terms.
  • Raquel Dezidério Souto, from Brazil, was selected as the UN Mapper of the month for November 2023.


  • Martijn van Exel has devised a MapRoulette challenge to improve the historic mine data imported from the GNIS database.

Local chapter news

  • Frederik Ramm has proposed closing the talk-de mailing list.


  • The OpenStreetMap community of Colombia and TomTom recently organised a face-to-face event in Medellin with the purpose of improving the city map by adding missing buildings through a number of MapRoulette challenges.
  • Ivy Perez, a Viscan YouthMapper, visited Pista ng Mapa 2023 in Tacloban City and blogged her impressions of the event.

Humanitarian OSM

  • [1] Sige published a photo-summary of the OSM training course and Mapathon, held to support the victims of the 8 September earthquake in the High Atlas, attended by 230 Moroccan students in geomatics. This action is part of the cartographic support for Morocco in response to the earthquake for which Sige is actively looking for sponsors.


OSM in action

  • The Find My District feature on the New York City Council website displays a CARTO basemap of New York, which is based on data from OpenStreetMap. Guillaume Rischard has reminded the website’s development team of the need to follow OpenStreetMap’s attribution rules properly.


  • Kathleen Lu, from the OpenStreetMap Foundation Legal/License Working Group, suggested that the EU member governments release their open data under a CC-0 licence rather than CC-BY-4.0, so that it can be used by OpenStreetMap. If this is not possible, they have proposed a slight modification to the CC-BY-4.0 licence to make it compatible with OpenStreetMap’s licence.


  • The next version of SMASH (formerly known as Geopaparazzi), yet unreleased, will support GeoJSON layers, and fix the long-standing bug that caused OSM tiles to not be visible at very high zoom levels.


  • rtnf showed how to search for active OSM contributors around an area, including their edit count, and frequently used tags.


  • GDAL 3.8.0 has introduced significant speed-ups in the creation of GeoPackage files (can be 3 to 4 times faster). Instead of delegating the spatial RTree creation to SQLite, as was done before, the GDAL codebase now embeds a specialised algorithm. The developer has proposed the improvements in the algorithm to the SQLite project.
  • Christoph Hormann announced the release of OpenStreetMap Carto version 5.8.0.
  • The November update of Organic Maps (an OSM-based mobile application) has been released, with an outdoor style preview, fixes in map styles and routing, and updated map data. Organic Maps now also has a referral link to a travel metasearch engine, which some users think conflicts with the privacy-focus mantra of the app. F-Droid has discussed adding an Anti-Features warning for users.

Did you know …

  • … that you can create a StreetComplete quest icon ball animation screensaver using fallingQuestsScreensaver?
  • … TomTom will be a financial backer of MapRoulette? See the OSM US’s website for details.
  • … the amazingly comprehensive OSM Apps Catalog? It is a web app for filtering and searching OSM apps that are described in the OpenStreetMap wiki.

Upcoming Events

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
Comuna 13 – San JavierResolución de dudas del evento Levantando Construcciones 2023-12-02flag
BudapestWalk around Etele Plaza, indoor mapping demo and brainstorming 2023-12-04flag
Missing Maps London Mapathon 2023-12-05
BerlinOSM-Verkehrswende #53 2023-12-05flag
Mapping Pedestrian Infrastructure Mapathon: Rome 2023-12-06
StuttgartStuttgarter OpenStreetMap-Treffen 2023-12-06flag
San FranciscoA Synesthete’s Atlas: Cartographic Improvisations between Eric Theise and John Ingle; Loan Agreement by John Davis; Change of Uniform by Dave Defilippo 2023-12-07flag
OSM Indoor Meeting 2023-12-08
Berlin186. Berlin-Brandenburg OpenStreetMap Stammtisch 2023-12-08flag
Comuna 13 – San JavierResolución de dudas del evento Levantando Construcciones 2023-12-09flag
Saint-Martin-d’HèresCartopartie à vélo des zones commerciales de Saint-Martin d’Hères 2023-12-09flag
KøbenhavnOSMmapperCPH 2023-12-10flag
ChambéryMapathon débutant saison 23/24 CartONG 2023-12-11flag
ZürichOSM-Stammtisch 2023-12-11flag
GrenobleDebriefing Cartopartie à vélo du samedi 9 déc à Saint-Martin-d’Hères 2023-12-11flag
臺北市OpenStreetMap x Wikidata Taipei #59 2023-12-11flag
OSMF Engineering Working Group meeting 2023-12-13
HannoverOSM-Stammtisch Hannover 2023-12-13flag
Stainach-Pürgg11. Österreichischer OSM-Stammtisch (online) 2023-12-13flag
BochumBochumer OpenStreetMap-Treffen 2023-12-14flag
MünchenMünchner OSM-Treffen 2023-12-14flag
Lorain CountyOpenStreetMap Midwest Meetup 2023-12-15flag
AmsterdamMaptime Amsterdam – A very Mappy Christmas! 2023-12-15flag

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This weeklyOSM was produced by Leonardo Gutierrez, MatthiasMatthias, TheSwavu, YoViajo, barefootstache, derFred, isoipsa, rtnf.
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