weeklyOSM 707


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  • Inspired by Koreller’s edits to Pyongyang and the recently updated imagery provided by both Mapillary and Esri, CactiStaccingCrane has embarked on mapping the urban areas of Hanoi.
  • L’imaginaire reached one million map change edits and pondered some philosophical questions about OpenStreetMap itself.
  • Requests for comments have been made for these proposals:
    • hairdresser=barber to introduce hairdresser=barber as a sub-key of the shop=hairdresser tag, for indicating a type of hairdresser that traditionally specialises in cutting masculine styles and providing other male grooming services such as beard trimming.
    • highway_construction:*=* for tagging the type of highway construction.
  • Voting for the community_adopted=* proposal, a tagging scheme for mapping the voluntary cleaning or minor maintenance of community facilities, is open until Monday 19 February.


  • Arnalie Vicario shared her experience of attending OpenStreetMap Philippines’ 2024 Year-Starter mapping party #OSMPHarin2024.
  • Cyberjuan blogged his ideas on topics which to map to help mitigate climate change: trees, water sources, solid waste, noise pollution, gardens, and coastlines.
  • Inspired by the SmallTownUSA Mastodon bot, Kai Poppe has started a thorough analysis of places in Europe that may require further mapping, complementing Pascal Neis’ unmapped places. He blogged about his analysis and included some interesting statistics. Kai has already created some MapRoulette challenges.
  • The Austrian OpenStreetMap community in Vienna held its 70th gathering event on Thursday 25 January.
  • Xvtn called for experienced mappers to mentor newbies who asked for help and showed how to find them.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • The OpenStreetMap Foundation Board has decided to set a maximum budget deficit limit for 2024 of £85,820. This has resulted in a reduced budget allocation for every working group this year.
  • The OpenStreetMap Operation Working Group has submitted its 2024 budget request to the OpenStreetMap Foundation Board.
  • OpenStreetMap has been officially registered with the Digital Public Goods Alliance, a multi-stakeholder United Nations-endorsed initiative. The official recognition of OpenStreetMap as a public good gives it additional legitimacy.

Local chapter news

  • Arnalie Vicario welcomed OpenStreetMap Belgium as the newest OpenStreetMap Foundation Local Chapter.
  • Jochen Topf has published the minutes from the meeting of the OpenStreetMap Germany community discussion that was held online on Friday 2 February.


  • Hans Hack tooted the registration link for Maptime Berlin, which will be held on Thursday 29 February at CityLAB Berlin.
  • OpenStreetMap Colombia, in collaboration with FLISoL Colombia, will host ‘Open Beer Bogotá 2024’, a community gathering for the open technology enthusiasts of Bogotá, on Friday 23 February.
  • OpenStreetMap US has released video recordings of the talks delivered at the State of The Map US 2023.
  • The OpenStreetMap Local Chapters and Community Congress 2024 will be held online on Saturday 2 March, at 13:00 UTC.


  • The UN Maps Crowdsourcing team is thinking about organising an online training session on OSM data validation, aimed at experienced OSM mappers, using the training materials recently published on the UN Maps Learning Hub. It would aim to strengthen both the global OSM community and the group of validators among UN mappers. To learn more about the interest in potentially training and joining a UN Mappers Validation Group, and more broadly about the validation practices of the global OSM community, the UN Maps crowdsourcing team has designed a survey, which should take about 5 to 10 minutes to complete. The survey will remain active until Thursday 15 February, and the results will be published on the UN Mappers blog.


  • OpenStreetMap France showcased Carte de France du train vélo, a webmap that combines open data from SNCF (French national railway company) and OpenStreetMap data to show bicycle travel times from SNCF railway stations.
  • Adam Steer has created an illustrative bike journey map using Strava, OpenStreetMap, and QGIS.
  • Researchers from the University of Minnesota and the University of Southern California have used OpenStreetMap data to automatically generate synthetic maps in a historical style, which allowed them to improve text recognition on real old maps using modern machine learning models.

OSM in action

  • MapAmore showcased the Quezon City monthly air quality maps. The maps use a Stamen Design background layer that utilises OpenStreetMap data.
  • Hans van der Kwast has made a video tutorial on how to do flood analysis by combining building footprint data from OpenStreetMap with DTM and DSM elevation data.

Open Data

  • Friederike von Franqué wrote a column discussing the importance of free licences for geodata.


  • Alex Chiu has createdMusical OSM‘, a web application that features audiovisual visualisations of the latest OpenStreetMap edits. For every OSM edit made, a random musical note is played.


Did you know …

  • this could be the node with the most tags in OSM? The tagging models the entirety of the lighthouse’s light characteristics. But for something that appears this interesting on OpenSeaMap, real-life is a bit of a let down.For those who are curious about what the complex notation in OpenSeaMap means, Oc(2)G.8s for example represents an occulting green light, where a pair of brief dark intervals repeats every eight seconds.

Other “geo” things

  • DevSeed’s Data and Annotation Team is separating to become an independent company owned by the employees called GeoCompas based in Ayacucho, Peru. They will continue working with OpenStreetMap data and providing high-quality geospatial data and training datasets for machine learning.
  • @larstransportworld tooted the 2024 edition of their map of Germany’s long-distance railways. Compared to DB’s official ICE and IC network map, this map focuses more on systematic connections and their frequencies for better understanding, rather than just showing every line.
  • William Gallagher, of AppleInsider, reported on several accidents that have occurred in Scotland due to outdated data in Apple Maps.
  • Dzima Buko et al. have released a book titled Kut, which is a collection of photographs of the wildlife of Belarus. They explained in detail the creative process behind the map illustrations in the book.

Upcoming Events

Berlin188. Berlin-Brandenburg OpenStreetMap Stammtisch 2024-02-09flag
KøbenhavnOSMmapperCPH 2024-02-11flag
Budapest2024 februári OSM meetup – urbanisztika az Urbanumban 2024-02-12flag
GrenobleMapathon Missing Maps à Grenoble 2024-02-12flag
HannoverOSM-Stammtisch Hannover 2024-02-13flag
Salt Lake CityOSM Utah Monthly Map Night 2024-02-15flag
MünchenMünchner OSM-Treffen 2024-02-14flag
Lorain CountyOpenStreetMap Midwest Meetup 2024-02-15flag
RostockRostocker Treffen 2024-02-14flag
Map-py Wednesday 2024-02-15
BochumOSM-Stammtisch Bochum 2024-02-15flag
Görlitz1. Stammtisch Görlitz 2024-02-19flag
LyonRéunion du groupe local de Lyon 2024-02-20flag
San JoseSouth Bay Map Night 2024-02-21flag
Bonn172. OSM-Stammtisch Bonn 2024-02-20flag
City of EdinburghOSM Edinburgh pub meetup 2024-02-20flag
[Online] Map-py Wednesday 2024-02-21
WindsorOSM WINDSOR-ESSEX: MAP NIGHT 2024-02-22flag
BerlinGeomob Berlin 2024-02-21flag
MapComplete Community Call 2024-01 2024-02-23
Localidad TeusaquilloOpenBeer Bogotá 2024 2024-02-24flag
KarlsruheKarlsruhe Hack Weekend February 2024 2024-02-24 – 2024-02-25flag

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