weeklyOSM 325


Mapping bike by Stéphane Péneau

The new mapping bike of Stéphane Péneau 1 | Image by Stéphane Péneau under CC-BY-SA

About us

  • This year’s OSM donation drive is still running. weeklyOSM says thank you to: Peter Karich (Graphhopper) for 1000 Euro, Florian Schenk (500 Euro), Viktar Shcherb (OsmAnd team) for 300 Euro, Andreas Geyer-Schulz, Markus Hallermann, Henri Geist and Julian Hollingbery each for 200 Euro and all the other donors to OSMF.


  • Last week Mexico launched (automatic translation) their first cableway for public transportation: the ‘Mexicable’. The importance of the Mexicable is that it will be able to transport people from the poor neighborhoods of the suburbs of the capital. @federicomena asked (automatic translation) OSMers in Mexico to help map the stations. A week later the stations were mapped on OSM.
  • Ziltoidium asks (Deutsch) in the German Forum, whether one can exert influence on bicycle routing by means of special tagging. (automatic translation)
  • Claudio Cossio reported about photomapping in Cuba on the occasion of the International Free Software Conference .
  • The weekly roundup by Krishna Nammala (Mapbox) about suspicious changes that were commented or reverted.


  • ImreSamu has written a diary entry after reading Michal Migurski’s blog post that talked about robot mapping. Influenced by Sadya Nadella’s “laws of robotics” (which was of course influenced by Asimov), ImreSamu suggests what rules robot mappers should have to adhere to.
  • OSM Mexico participated in and gave talks at the Latin American Geospatial Forum 2016 (one of the most prestigious annual conferences organized in Latin America).
  • User SK53 has done some experiments with topological skeletons of water surfaces and reported about it.
  • There’s discussion in the DE forum about the tone and etiquette used in discussions, including changeset comment discussions, with reference to the draft community code of conduct that has lain ignored in the wiki for some years (including a suggestion, perhaps not entirely serious, for a “Ministry of Truth Working Group”). There’s also been discussion of codes of conduct elsewhere, such as for OSM website and “Standard” map style development.
  • Guillaume is looking for documentation for uMap in English. As a basis for a new one, commentors suggest (Französisch) the French version.
  • Christoph Hormann shares his views about the OSM Awards in his OSM diary.
  • [1] Stéphane Péneau presents his new mapping bike. Stephane explains the system here: Part1 and Part2
  • The Swiss SOSM updated their installation of uMap to the latest version.
  • On Spreadshirt.com you can order your T-shirt with the Craftmapper design as it was distributed at SotM.

OpenStreetMap Foundation

  • Skrill.com, a payment service you have to use if you use Flattr, owes the OSMF £ 500 and refuses to pay its debts.


  • Harry Wood published a recap of this year’s SotM in the OSM blog.
  • Daniel and Victor reminds about this year’s SotM LatAm (Latin America) that takes place in São Paulo from 25 to 27 November (Brazilian Portuguese).
  • In Tuscany (in the area of Alta Versilia) a hiking mapping party took place (Italian) from September 30 until October 02.

Humanitarian OSM


  • Anton of Transit wrote a very detailed and quite interesting explanation of how they autogenerate their transit maps for their supported cities worldwide.
  • Srikanth Lakshmanan reported that he has installed a language selection for 12 languages for India openstreetmap.in.

Open Data

  • DigitalGlobe delivered the latest satellite imagery after Hurricane Matthew’s catastrophe in Haiti under a CC BY license for humanitarian organizations such as HOT and the American Red Cross. Many of the images are also now available in OpenAerialMap, both for download and as map services.


  • Klokan Technologies (known for their OSM2VectorTiles) started OSMNames, a new project that features basic place search functionality.
  • Mapzen published a new API called Libpostal to expand address data into component parts (like house number, street, city etc.).
  • Kepta, a GSoC intern, summarizes his contribution over the summer. He worked on building a lane editor for iD.


SoftwareVersionRelease dateComment
Grass Gis7.0.52016-10-02150 stability fixes and manual improvements
OSRM Backend5.4.02016-10-04Improved guidance and lane support, many other changes
Traccar Client iOS3.12016-10-04Build against iOS 10 SDK.
Osmose Backendv1.0-2016-10-062016-10-06No info
Komoot Android *var2016-10-10No info
Mapillary iOS *4.4.172016-10-08Two bugs fixed while transfering Images.

Provided by the OSM Software Watchlist.

Did you know …

  • … that you can use BBBike to extract an area from Planet.osm and convert it into one of many supported formats?
  • WhirlyGlobes Maply, a toolkit for Android and iOS that provides visualizations in OpenGL ES for maps with many features?
  • …. about the smallest street in Nottingham which Alex covers in details in his report?

OSM in the media

  • Spanish newspaper, Las Provincias reported in the group “Geovoluntariado” of Polytechnic University of Valencia who organized a mapathon to update the areas affected by hurricane Matthew.
  • The University of Gijon held an experimental workshop (automatic translation) within the framework of the INCUNA VIII Conference in which free use technologies are used to collect data of all kinds, visible and invisible, on buildings. The underlying intention (apart from practicing with OSM) is to extract useful information about the potential and use of public space.

Other “geo” things

  • One year after the historic agreement in the border conflicts between India and Bangladesh the Indian-Bangladeshi enclaves are still in Google Maps.
  • Wendy Lee from the San Francisco Chronicle reported from the Google Summit in California, where Jen Filzpatrick (Head of Google Maps) talks about the challenge of creating maps for self-driving cars. The competition like Mapillary is mentioned. The OSM-based Trulia website is also mentioned in relation to the limits of Google Maps’ timeliness.
  • Google has published Cartographer, a library running on ROS for building SLAM applications.
  • TanDEM-X, from the German Aerospace Agency, makes available a “seamless 3-dimensional world map of unprecedented accuracy“.

Upcoming Events

Berlin100. Berlin-Brandenburg Stammtisch10/14/2016germany
BouakéState of the Map West Africa (étape Côte d’Ivoire), Anphithéâtre B, Université Alassane Ouattara10/15/2016ivory coast
NantesInitiation à OpenStreetMap, Fête de la Science10/15/2016-10/16/2016france
BerlinHack Weekend10/15/2016-10/16/2016germany
Tokyo東京!街歩き!マッピングパーティ:第1回 哲学堂公園10/15/2016japan
FavaraMapping party dei vicoli, cortili, scalinate, archi e orti del centro antico di Favara, Organizzato dalla Molitec, Farm Cultural Park e Tivissima10/16/2016italy
BonnBonner Stammtisch10/18/2016germany
NottinghamNottingham10/18/2016united kingdom
ScotlandEdinburgh10/18/2016united kingdom
BrusselsMeetup at Café de Markten10/18/2016belgium
LüneburgMappertreffen Lüneburg10/18/2016germany
EldaMapping Party Elda10/19/2016spain
EspooOSM kahvit10/20/2016finland
ColoradoHumanitarian Mapathon University of Northern Colorado, Greeley10/20/2016us
MaastrichtMapping the new Arriva Busses10/20/2016the netherlands
TampereOSM kahvit10/21/2016finland
BremenBremer Mappertreffen10/24/2016germany
UrspringStammtisch Ulmer Alb10/25/2016germany
AntwerpMissing Maps @ IPIS10/26/2016belgium
ColoradoHumanitarian Mapathon Colorado State University, Fort Collins10/27/2016us
Omihachiman近江八幡漫遊マップづくり 第2回諸国・浪漫マッピングパーティー10/29/2016japan
KarlsruheHack Weekend10/29/2016-10/30/2016germany
TaipeiTaipei Meetup, Mozilla Community Space10/31/2016taiwan
RostockOSM Stammtisch Rostock11/01/2016germany
WienHack Evening (58. Wiener Stammtisch)11/03/2016austria
LevočaMapping party Levoča11/04/2016-11/06/2016slovakia

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This weekly was produced by Laura Barroso, Nakaner, Peda, Polyglot, Rogehm, SomeoneElse, YoViajo, derFred, giovand, jinalfoflia, seumas.