weeklyOSM 306


The Knife_Tool for JOSM from Eliane J. Meneses aka samely und Rúben L. Mendoza aka Rub21 [1]

About us


  • User Reclus started a discussion (Deutsch) (automatic translation) about difficulties with the previously agreed public transport tagging (Deutsch) (automatic translation) used for public transport in the Rhine Ruhr conurbation. He notices problems with maintenance of the OpenStreetMap data and the variation in data provision between transport operators. Discussion ensues.
  • User Blackbird27 wrote a lengthy and detailed article about using Mapillary for mapping in OpenStreetMap with JOSM. Sandra Uddback aslo wrote about using Mapillary in OpenStreetMap in the Mapillary blog.
  • User Ukundji began a discussion (German) (automatic translation) about improving the mapping of churches and mosques around Berlin which then provoked a lot of tagging discussion about buildings, religious communities, ways and nodes.
  • [1] The Peruvian members of the Spanish team of our sister “weeklyOSM”, Eliane Joyo Meneses and Rubén López Mendoza (both employed by Mapbox Peru) have developed a knife-tool for JOSM, which makes splitting ways at an arbitrary point a breeze.
  • The 6.17 release of the iOS MAPS.ME app can search postal codes. The release notes suggest that users should add missing postal codes to OSM. TheFive tweets his doubts that this is not such a good suggestion for newbies.
  • User Maturi0n is asking on the German OSM Forum if he can delete the details of private gardens from OSM that were mapped from aerial imagery. His personal opinion is that these details are private and do not belong on OSM. The discussion gets quite heated. (Deutsch) (automatic translation)
  • There is a discussion in the talk-at mailing (Deutsch) (automatic translation) list about whether to include including some spiritual improvised outdoor shrines in OpenStreetMap but there are concerns raised about their impermanence.


OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • The State of the Map Working Group (WG SotM) published a paper to the topic corporate membership. Source: OSMF-talk
  • User malenki reports at his user blog that OSM’s German Amazon Affiliate account has earned about 10,000 EUR since its creation in May 2010. At that time he also opened an account at amazon.com but the US community was not interested in using it.


  • Peter Neubauer writes at his user blog about his experiences at SotM France and the Mapillary contributors he met there.

Humanitarian OSM

  • Two reports on the effectiveness of OSM by the recent earthquake in Ecuador:
  • The Gorilla Highlands Initiative will host a mapping party on 2-3 June. With the help of HOT and Edirisa they hope to significantly enhance the map in south-western Uganda and north-western Rwanda.
  • Mapbox announces that their map related tools are now free for humanitarian response.
  • Paul Uithiol reports that HOT receives financial support through “Grand Challenges Explorations” (GCE) for pioneering research in global health and development. The GCE initiative was launched in 2008 and supported 1186 projects in 61 countries.
  • Mapbox published ultra high-res UAV imagery with a resolution of 7.5cm of Sri Lanka. The images were created by the Sri Lankan Government Disaster Management Center and the Survey Department of Sri Lanka.


  • Kaushik Chatterji describes in detail the effects and implications of the proposed bill [PDF] in India. There is an appeal to all to save the map in India.


  • Ladislav Laska announces the availability of nightly build versions for the OSM editor Merkaartor (may be unstable), both for Windows and OSX platforms. Bug reports are welcome e.g. on Merkaartor’s github repository.
  • The new Maproulette has reached beta stage and will replace the previous version around the end of June. Try it out and give Martijn a feedback.


Software Version Release Date Comment
OpenLayers 3.16.0 2016-05-23 Features and fixes from 95 pull requests since release v3.15.1
iD 1.9.5 2016-05-25
Maps.me iOS 6.1.7 2016-05-25 ZIP codes available
osmosis 0.45 2016-05-27 Many, see release info

provided by the OSM Software Watchlist

Did you know …

Other “geo” things

  • Real Earth wins the Microsoft competition to efficiently map a series of markers that are indoors in 3D with a minimum of error.
  • The Tagesanzeiger compares the longest railway tunnels in the world.
  • Google extends its ads program by adding “promoted pins” to Google Maps.
  • Justin O’Beirne writes about the changes to Google Maps cartography over the years.
  • Terrapattern published an alpha version of their “similar images search“. Martin Dittus asks if this could somehow be used for HOT.
  • Lauren Young describes 10 techniques to help convert our world into maps.

Upcoming Events

Dónde Qué Fecha País
Wien 57. Wiener Stammtisch 02/06/2016 austria
Colaboratorio Mapa Comunitario de Activos de Santurce 04/06/2016 puerto rico
Mantova 2016 Mapping party a Volta mantovana 04/06/2016 italy
Bucharest OSM Bucharest Mapping Party 2016 04/06/2016 romania
Bucharest OSM Bucharest Mapping Party 2016 05/06/2016 romania
Brasília Encontro OSM Brasília 05/06/2016 brazil
Brussels Missing Maps Mapathon @Doctors without borders/Handicap international 06/06/2016 belgium
Tokyo OSM Monthly Mappers “M-eat-ing” – Jun 2016 09/06/2016 japan
Besenello Trentino Portobeseno : several talk about OpenStreetMap 10/06/2016-12/06/2016 italy
Edinburgh Edinburgh 14/06/2016 united kingdom
Lyon Rencontre mensuelle mappeurs 14/06/2016 france

OSM Terminausblick

Wo Was Wann Land
Berlin DB Open Data Hackday 17.06.2016-18.06.2016 germany
Kyoto 京都世界遺産マッピングパーティ:最終回 天龍寺 25.06.2016 japan
Salzburg OSM-Sonntag 03.07.2016 austria
Salzburg FOSSGIS 2016 04.07.2016-06.07.2016 austria
Salzburg AGIT 2016 06.07.2016-08.07.2016 austria
Seattle State of The Map US 2016 23.07.2016-25.07.2016 united states
Bonn FOSS4G 2016 Code Sprint 20.08.2016-22.08.2016 germany
Bonn Workshops at FOSS4G 2016 22.08.2016-23.08.2016 germany
Bonn ”’FOSS4G 2016”’ 24.08.2016-26.08.2016 germany
Bonn FOSS4G 2016 Code Sprint Part II 27.08.2016-28.08.2016 germany
Brussels State of the Map 2016 23.09.2016-26.09.2016 belgium
Metro Manila State of the Map Asia 01.10.2016-02.10.2016 philippines
Berlin Hackweekend 15.10.2016-16.10.2016 germany
Karlsruhe Hackweekend 29.10.2016-30.10.2016 germany

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This weekly was produced by Hakuch, Laura Barroso, Nakaner, Peda, Rogehm, Softgrow, derFred, escada, jinalfoflia, malenki, mgehling, stephan75, wambacher, widedangel.